Even though I eat clean and healthy foods most of the time, I have a huge sweet tooth and it's a rare day that I don't have some sort of treat. I'm not saying you should have a sweet treat everyday, I'm just keeping it real. It's very difficult to eat "perfectly" all the time and in my opinion, you shouldn't have to!
A major problem with most sugary treats with highly processed white flour and/or sugar is that you just keep wanting more!! Well, I found that when I started baking treats at home with real food ingredients like whole grain flour and coconut sugar that I could eat just one and not crave more! Honestly, this is probably the first time in my entire life that this has happened. So I had to share my favorite recipe so far with you.
A note on the butter in this recipe: you could probably substitute coconut oil but I haven't tried it yet. I use Kerrygold butter which comes from grass fed cows. Ideally I would get raw, local butter from grass fed cows but I haven't researched how to find that in my area yet (do any of my local readers know where to get this?). Small amounts of high quality butter are actually good for you!
Whole Wheat Brownies made with Whole Foods
original recipe found here: http://www.weedemandreap.com/real-food-brownies/
1 stick butter (grass fed and/or organic)
1 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs (from pastured hens if possible)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour (I usually use King Arthur white whole wheat flour)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
Mix together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter until warm (not hot), then add sugar, vanilla, and eggs and whisk together (if your butter is too hot it will cook the eggs).
Mix wet and dry ingredients together, pour into a greased 8x8 pan, and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.