GAPS Brownies fit the bill for anyone following the GAPS diet and trying to reverse leaky gut or who is grain free. Healthy brownie recipes that still taste good are around and this one proves it!
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
GAPS Brownies for GAPS DietersIf you are on the GAPS diet then you already know that it is a strict elimination diet and that the goal is to get your gut health in order to reverse gut disbiosis or leaky gut syndrome.
This is done by adding probiotic foods while cutting out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbs. All for a period of time to allow for healing of your gut.
How Do You Sweeten Baked Goods on the GAPS Diet?
Well, the GAPS diet wants you to eliminate REFINED carbs, which of course would include most sweeteners.
So you can use honey. Local honey is even better! Honey is easy to digest – in fact, there is almost no digestion needed for honey and it is absorbed into your system.
That is why it is allowed.
Is Honey Allowed on the GAPS Diet?
Yes, honey, as long as it is 100% pure honey, can be used on the GAPS diet.
Honey is easy to absorb and requires little to no digestion before it is absorbed into your system. For other GAPS diet desserts, be sure to check out:
- Yogurt Smoothie – for this and the next few recipes, even those who may have problems with dairy, can often handle well fermented dairy products.
- Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
- Kefir Smoothie
- Healthy Kefir Popsicles
- Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream – if do not have problems with dairy – using raw milk is great for this and my other ice cream recipes
- Blueberry Ice Cream – again, if you are not having problems with dairy.
GAPS Diet Brownies – Ingredients Needed
Someone on the GAPS diet will most likely already have these, as staples in their pantry and fridge. If you don’t have them, you should be able to find them at your local market or online.
- Coconut flour – Cooking with coconut flour is quite different from cooking AP flour. Coconut flour absorbs liquid, that is why you use less than you would if you were using AP flour. You also cannot substitute 1:1 with coconut flour. Generally ¼ – ⅓ cup is = to 1 cup of AP. Also, blend well to avoid a thick, heavy texture.
- Cocoa powder
- Ghee or Butter, melted
- Espresso (optional)
How Do You Cut Brownies Without Them Falling Apart?
There are a few ways that you can successfully cut brownies so that they do not fall apart:
- Use a plastic knife is my top tip!
- Using a warm knife and wipe it clean after every cut
- Allow the brownies to fully cool, at room temperature, and then let them chill in the fridge or freezer before cutting them.
- Use a long serrated knife.
- Or, forgo the whole thing and bake them in a muffin pan!
What is the Best Way to Store Brownies?
You can store cut brownies, on the counter, in an airtight container and they are best eaten in 1-2 days.
A full pan of uncut brownies, well wrapped in plastic wrap, will keep on the counter for 4 days, but in the freezer for up to 3 months!
These GAPS friendly brownies are moist, delicious and have just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
Honestly, I love enjoying my GAPS brownies with a nice cup of coffee. Nothing is better than that chocolaty, coconutty flavor mixed with a cup of rich brew. Yum!
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A delicious brownie recipe that is healthy and still tastes delicious!
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup ghee or butter melted
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp baking soda optional but give a less dense brownie
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp espresso optional
Preheat oven to 350 Grease 8 x 8 baking dish.
Mix all ingredients together with whisk.
- Pour into prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes - until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Cool before cutting.
Tips for Making Coconut Flour Brownies:
The espresso is optional but adds a delicious smoothness to the chocolaty flavor.
Try dusting the top with cocoa or drizzle with chocolate - it adds a special touch!
What is Your Favorite Way to Enjoy Brownies?
Are you an edge person or a middle and do you prefer your brownies chewy or cakey? Leave a comment – I would love to know!