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TGIF: Thank god it’s – flourless?

flourless almond browniesHappy Friday everyone!

As a teacher, this marks the first day of Spring Break.

School today was a little hectic – especially when one parent brought in a 10-pack timbits for every kid in class. All 23 of them. 

Sugar high + last of school before a two-week break? Crazy. 

Luckily it’s sunny out, I’ve already gone to the gym and can begin my two weeks off. 

I wanted to share this Flourless Brownie Recipe I created for Vancity Buzz this week. It’s the perfect brownie made with no flour, or flour substitutes. Just almond meal. It’s dense and fudgey with the must-have top crust. 

Be sure to check them out – and make them for a sweet (wheat-free) weekend. 

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Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache //bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache //bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache // bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache // bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache // bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache //bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache //bakeaholic.ca

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache //bakeaholic.ca

My dad had a sweet tooth – I’m proud to say that I’m certain that’s where I inherited mine from. Father’s day is tough each year, even though it’s been 9 years this upcoming Wednesday since he passed away. It never gets easier – how can it? Instead of celebrating with him, I thought I’d make him something in honour of him, and his sweet tooth.

I can remember every night after dinner my dad would want something for dessert, usually we would have ice cream, maybe a fruit salad. When my mom and I would go grocery shopping he would be sure to remind her to “pick up something sweet.”  It was the way he would say it, “something sweet” with a grin on his face. One of his favourite desserts was a deep dish brownie from Safeway, the square one in the tinfoil packaging and clear lid, with a sickeningly sweet thick chocolate ganache frosting smeared on top in such a way that it left a distinct pattern. I’m fairly certain it didn’t last more than one night in our house. I can’t remember the last time I had one of those.

I thought I would make one of his favourite desserts to celebrate father’s day this year. And while I no longer have my own father, I am very thankful to have two father figures in my life who are there for me always.

These are a much healthier version than the Safeway brownies, but I think my dad would have approved of them for his sweet tooth craving. The ganache is decadent and silky, and the brownie is almost like fudge – sweet tooth satisfying.

If you’re lucky enough to celebrate father’s day with your dad this year, be sure to share it with him – and maybe a slice of brownie or two.

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happy father’s day dad, miss you like crazy

Fudgey Banana Brownies

*can easily be made vegan by swapping out the butter for vegan butter, and egg for egg replacement*
*Wheat Free* *Gluten Free*
recipe by Bakeaholic, original post here

Ingredients:
  • 6 tbs. Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Extra Dark Chocolate (can use dark chocolate chips)
  • 2 medium Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 cup Rice Flour/Brown Rice Flour/GF Flour
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Heat butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over medium low heat Stir until everything is melted. Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In stand mixer with whisk attachment, or medium bowl and blender, mash the bananas, vanilla extract, and sugar. Add the egg and blend again.
  5. Add in the melted butter-chocolate mixture and mix well.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture and blend just until combined.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. You want it to be slightly gooey when you check it, not completely dry. If it needs another couple minutes increase baking time.
** These brownies are best after they are refrigerated! ** Make them the night before **
Tip: I always refrigerate my brownies – it makes them extra dense and fudgey. I recommend letting them come to room temperature on the counter, and then cover and transfer pan to fridge for a couple hours, or even better, overnight.
For these, you want them to be completely cooled before adding the ganache frosting. I refrigerated these ones for an hour or so, then added the frosting then refrigerated for another couple hours, or overnight.
Chocolate Avocado Ganache

This is a seriously amazing ganache – much healthier than the regular version, and includes healthy fats
*Vegan- sub agave for honey*
Ingredients:
  • 2 medium rip avocados
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup melted extra dark chocolate
  • 2-3 tsp. honey/agave nectar

Directions:

Cut avocado in half, remove skin and pit from avocados and scoop out the flesh.

In a food processor, add avocados and puree until smooth. Alternatively, you can blend it in a blender.

Once smooth, add the cocoa, melted chocolate and honey and blend again until smooth. Mixture should be thick and glossy.

Scoop onto cooled brownies and spread evenly over top.

Cover and refrigerate for an hour, or longer until ganache hardens. ** NOTE: Definitely refrigerate the brownies once you add the ganache, the longer it sits the ganache gets sweeter as the flavours medley together**

When ready to serve, take out of the baking dish by lifting the parchment – cut into squares and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers in container.

Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache //bakeaholic.ca

Fudgey Banana Brownies {with banana ice cream}

Fudgey Banana Brownies with Banana Ice Cream // Bakeaholic.ca
 
Fudgey Banana Brownies with Banana Ice Cream // Bakeaholic.ca
 
This weekend is Mother’s Day, and I thought I would share some things that my mom has taught me. I’ve seen other bloggers post about what they’ve learned from their mother over the years and I started thinking about all of the things she has said to me, taught me, and continues to teach me in life.
 
 
 
 
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My mom and I are close – really, really close. People confuse us for each other on the phone (we sound a lot alike). We are often mistaken for sisters (I’m sure she’ll love hearing that, again), and we have become even closer as I grow older, when the big stuff happens and real life begins. Many people comment to her asking ‘how’d you get so lucky to have two good kids?’ – well, I think I’m a little better than my brother, Nick ;) but, think she is a pretty lucky mom to have us too. We’re incredibly lucky to have such a loving, crazy, funny, caring, and strong mom.
 
After losing my dad when we were younger she had to become two parents in one, and I want to thank her for being there for us through the hard times, and the really hard times, and never ceasing to love and support us in all our of endeavours.
 
She is the first person I tell important news to, and the not so great news to, the first person I look to for advice, even if I don’t always want to hear it (ahem, the couch), the first person to know when I’m sad, upset or something is bothering me just by the tone in my voice over the phone, the person who encourages me that everything will be alright, not to stress and the first person to forgive me when we have a fight (i’m pretty stubborn).

Things my mom has taught me

  • There’s no excuse for rudeness
  • Manners matter, always say thank you
  • Don’t hold a grudge, life is too short
  • It’s better to be overdressed, than underdressed
  • Saying sorry is one of the hardest things to do, and admit your wrong
  • Always be the bigger person
  • How to be a good friend
  • Any education is a good education
  • Never leave the house without making the bed (this one is still a work in progress..)
  • How to host a family dinner
  • Advil and Zantac cure all
  • How to properly fold sheets
  • How to cook a roast
  • How to make a roux
  • How to make a good chili, and simple tomato sauce
  • If you don’t want to have a drink, just order a coke with lime
  • Don’t stress, everything will work out
  • Always be kind to animals
  • Do what makes you happy
  • Trust your instincts
  • How to be strong

Thank you.

People ask me where I got my love for cooking and baking. While my dad was my biggest influence, my mom always made really great cookies, without a recipe – and really good cinnamon buns.
 
I made these brownies last week when I wanted to use up some ripe bananas on the counter. I wanted to make something other than Banana bread. I decided to make 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream, recipe here - but then I had more bananas to use up. So, I thought about what I could make with them, or what recipe I could add them to. I decided to make brownies, with the addition of Bananas. Some people don’t like certain combinations of chocolate and fruit, but Bananas and Chocolate are one of my favourites. The bananas make the brownie super dense and rich, like fudge. The banana flavour is certainly there, but it’s not as strong as say banana bread. The chocolate takes over, which makes it deep and rich.
 
Fudgey Banana Brownies with Banana Ice Cream // Bakeaholic.ca
 
 
And then I went a step further, and topped the Banana Brownies with Banana Ice cream. Let’s just say I couldn’t eat it fast enough. Plus, there’s no guilt in adding the ice cream because it’s just Banana.
 
These are also gluten free, I made them with Rice Flour. You can sub regular flour as well. I recommend refrigerating them for a couple hours, or even overnight. I always refrigerate my brownies because it allows them to become more dense and fudge-like.
 
 
Fudgey Banana Brownies with Banana Ice Cream // Bakeaholic.ca
 
Fudgey Banana Brownies with Banana Ice Cream // Bakeaholic.ca

 

Fudgey Banana Brownies
Dense, fudgey banana brownies are incredibly moist and rich. Perfect with 1-Ingredient banana ice cream!
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tbs. Butter
  2. 3/4 Cup Chopped Dark Chocolate (can use chocolate chips)
  3. 2 medium Ripe Bananas
  4. 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract
  5. ½ Cup Sugar
  6. 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  7. 1 Egg
  8. 1/4 Cup Cocoa
  9. 1 cup Rice Flour
  10. 1/2 cup walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.Heat butter and chocolate in a small saucepan, stir until everything is melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In stand mixer with whisk attachment, or medium bowl and blender, mash the bananas, vanilla extract, and sugar. Add the egg and blend again.
  4. Add in the melted butter-chocolate mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture and blend just until combined. Stir in all of the walnuts, you can save a few and sprinkle on top too.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. You want it to be slightly gooey when you check it, not completely dry. If it needs another couple minutes increase baking time.
  7. ** These brownies are best after they are refrigerated! **
  8. I always refrigerate my brownies - it makes them extra dense and fudgey. I recommend letting them come to room temperature on the counter, and then cover and transfer pan to fridge for a couple hours, or even better, overnight. Of course, if you can't wait feel free to eat them immediately =)
  9. Store leftover brownies in the fridge for up to a week, or, freeze.
  10. You can sub AP flour for rice flour also.
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Also, these pair extremely well with my Banana Ice Cream. The combination is ah-mazing.
 

Fudgey Banana Brownies with Banana Ice Cream // Bakeaholic.ca

Even Better Topped with Banana Ice Cream!

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