Coconut Macaroon Crust Brownies with Caramel & Sea Salt (Dairy free)

I can never say no to brownies. A friend of mine can’t have any dairy and she told me she never has brownies anymore because of that. And that got me thinking to make a dairy free version. These brownies are super decadent. I love the coconut and chocolate combo. And you can never go wrong with salted caramel.

This recipe is for a 22cm square baking dish.

Ingredients:

For the coconut crust:

1 egg white

2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup of coconut condensed milk

Pinch of salt

For the brownie:

130grs of dark chocolate, chopped (I used 70% dark chocolate)

¼ cup of vegetable oil

½ cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

For the vegan caramel:

½ cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of water

¼ cup of coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

½ tablespoon of margarine

Extra:

Sea salt for sprinkling on top

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line your baking dish with parchment paper.

Start by making the coconut macaroon crust. Place egg white, condensed milk, shredded coconut and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Then press it into the bottom of your prepared baking mold. Try to make the crust as even as possible. I used the back of a spoon to press it into the mold.

Bake it for about 13 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Be careful that the edges don’t burn. Remove it from the oven and set it aside.

To make the brownie batter: place the chopped chocolate and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave it for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until it is completely melted. Then allow it to cool down for a few minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar with the vanilla, eggs and egg yolk. Then slowly whisk in the melted chocolate (make sure it’s not very hot, otherwise it will curdle the eggs). Then add the flour and salt. Whisk until everything is combined. Carefully pour the brownie batter over the cookie crust. Bake it for 25 minutes. Then set it aside to cool down in the mold.

To make the vegan caramel: place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook without stirring until the sugar has turned amber in color, swirling the pan from time to time. Then slowly add the coconut milk and vanilla. Mix it well with a wooden spoon. Then add the margarine. Stir until well combined, and then transfer it to a bowl.

Drizzle some of the caramel over the brownies and then sprinkle with a bit of sea salt. If the caramel has cooled down and gotten hard, just microwave it for a few seconds to loosen it up again. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Cheesecake Brownies + Chocolate Giveaway

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My favorite desserts usually involve chocolate and I was lucky enough to get to try this limited edition Australian Snapper 110% cocoa chocolate bar before it hit the stores. At first, I was a bit puzzled. How can it be 110%, but after I opened the package I realized how! It’s a 200gr package, which is composed of two 55% chocolate bars of 100grs each. Two chocolate bars with caramel sea salt & almond nougat. It’s a rich chocolate bar with a crunch. The sea salt enhances the chocolate flavor and makes it an addictive combination. I decided to incorporate this chocolate bar into this dessert. You can find out more about this chocolate bar by clicking here.

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By now, you guys know how much I love to make swirl brownies. I chose to add blueberries this time, to take advantage of the season before they are gone. Besides great flavor, they add such a bright color and really make these cheesecake brownies pop.

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I have a cool Instagram giveaway for you guys; unfortunately it’s only for people living in the Netherlands. In collaboration with Australian Homemade, I am giving away 2 Snapper 110% chocolate bars to 5 lucky chocoholics. Since in those 2 bars, you get a total of 4 bars; you can choose to share it with your friends or family. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Follow Australian Homemade on Instagram.
  2. Follow Cravings in Amsterdam on Instagram.
  3. Leave a comment under the Instagram post of this giveaway saying that you want to win, and tag a friend who you think would enjoy some chocolate as well. You can find the post by clicking here.

This giveaway ends Thursday (20/Aug/2015) at midnight. On Friday morning, I’ll pick 5 winners at random.

This recipe makes 16 small squares.

Ingredients:

For the blueberry compote:

½ cup of blueberries

1/3 cup of sugar

¼ cup of water

1 teaspoon of corn starch

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the brownie:

57gr butter

110gr of Australian Snapper Dark 55% chocolate, chopped

½ cup of sugar

2 eggs

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

For the cheesecake:

300gr of cream cheese at room temperature

1 egg

1/3 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

First make the blueberry compote:

In a small bowl, mix the water with the corn starch. Place the blueberries, sugar and vanilla in a medium pan. Add the corn starch mixture. Let it cook for 3 minutes on medium heat. Stir from time to time. Transfer to a bowl, and set aside to cool down.

To make the cheesecake:

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and whisk it until smooth. Then add the egg, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and everything is combined. Set aside.

To make the brownie:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a small square baking dish (22cm) with parchment paper.

Melt the butter with the chocolate over a water bath. Once it has completely melted, set aside and allow to cool down a bit.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla. Then add the chocolate and mix. Finally add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix until it is all combined. Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Carefully spread the cheesecake mixture over the brownie. Then spoon the blueberry compote over the cheesecake mixture. Use a toothpick or a knife to make the swirls. Make sure you only touch the cheesecake part, not the brownie part.

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Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cheesecake starts to get golden.

Leave it at room temperature until it cools down. Once it has cooled down, place in the fridge for 2 hours. After the 2 hours are up, slice it into squares. You can keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

 

Beet and Chickpea Brownies (Gluten free)

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With summer around the corner and my sweet tooth nagging me, I wanted to make a dessert that was on the healthier side. They are packed with protein because of the chickpea flour and are lighter in calories because of the beets. A good compromise if you ask me! I cannot live without chocolate in my life!  They are cakey and decadent. I had them for dessert and also for breakfast the next day.

I have a recipe for healthy protein cookies, which I also made with chickpea flour plus mandarins and chocolate if you like to check it out.

This recipe is for a 22cm square baking dish, makes about 16 brownies.

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Ingredients:

1 cup beet puree (about 2 cooked beets)

1 cup of chickpea flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons of agave syrup

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted

150gr of dark chocolate, melted

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

3 eggs

For the topping:

1/3 cup of pistachios, chopped

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a small square baking dish (22cm) with parchment paper.

To save time, you can buy the beets already cooked. If you want to cook them yourself, just place them in the oven and roast them for about 1 hour or until tender at 180C/350F. Or just boil them until tender. Once they are cooked, peel them and chop them. Place them in the food processor and pulse until you get a puree.

Chop the dark chocolate. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave. I do it for 30 seconds intervals at a time, stirring every time until it has all melted.

Place the beet puree in a bowl. Add the eggs, sugar and whisk until combined. Add the chickpea flour, agave, cocoa powder, vanilla essence and mix. Finally add the melted chocolate. Mix until combined.

Pour the brownie batter in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chopped pistachios.

Bake for 20 minutes.