When I was little, I was fortunate to have a stay-at-home mom until I began first grade. We played, we watched soap operas – and we baked.
Back then, my mom made everything in the Cuisinart food processor. There were no stand mixers, hand mixers or blenders in our house. I would pull up a chair so I could reach the counter and watched the blades spin round and round (I got to lick the bowl, but not the blades, of course).
I’m obsessed with my own food processor now, yet have never used it for baking. For some strange reason, when I saw this recipe, my instinct was to throw all of the ingredients in the food processor.
This recipe was super easy, especially the cleanup. And they turned out completely and utterly YUM. They were dense, fudgy, chocolatey – and certainly didn’t taste like they have no gluten, dairy or refined sugar.
I gave these to my husband’s coworkers and they were gobbled up in a snap. And they are a bunch of video game programmers, who have a reputation for loving fast food and coffee.
You certainly don’t need a food processor to make these – if you don’t have one, mix everything in a big bowl by hand.
What equipment do you use most for baking?
- 3 ounces (or about one bar) unsweetened chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ cup sweet potato puree
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup apple sauce
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup brown rice flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8x8-inch square pan with coconut oil and powder with flour.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat.
- Combine sweet potato, coconut sugar, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla and applesauce in the food processor. Add the chocolate/oil mix and combine until smooth – it should be creamy, not too dry.
- Mix in the flour, baking powder and sea salt and process again. Add water if needed for desired consistency.
- Pour batter into the pan, smooth it out with a spatula and bake it for 35 - 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick to make sure they are cooked through; they should be firm when you press down.
- Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.