Almond Butter Brownies

These vegan almond butter brownies are moist, chewy, and filled with something unexpectedly good for you. They also happen to be refined sugar free. Get ready to change the way you look at desserts!

White plate filled with almond butter chocolate brownies topped with chocolate chips and slivered almonds

Hey everyone! I hope that this week has treated everyone well and that you’re all looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. My eldest daughter started Kindergarten last Monday so the past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for everyone in the house. New experiences, new schedules, new routines.

It’s been such a challenge trying to make time to do the things I love most which includes cooking. But I think we’re finally starting to hit our stride.

A bite from a almond butter chocolate brownie topped with melted chocolate chip and slivered almonds

Anyway, a few weeks back, to celebrate the beginning of the school year for all the kids on our cul-de-sac, we decided to have a dessert party. It was our last hurrah for summer and we wanted to end the season with a bang. Naturally, when I think of dessert I think of…CHOCOLATE! And what better grab and go, running around playing, form of chocolate is there than a brownie?!

Behold: The chocoloate-y, chewy, moistness that are these vegan almond butter brownies. And you know what I love about giving these brownies to the kids? Why, the secret ingredient of course! Are you ready for this? RED LENTILS! I swear! It may sound crazy but these brownies owe much of their awesomeness to the fiber filled, protein-packed red lentil.

Batch of almond butter chocolate brownies topped with chocolate chips and slivered almonds.  Red lentils in a measuring cup and slivered almonds on the side.

Trust me when I say: you cannot taste the lentils. I’m not sure they would have been a hit with the kids had there been even the slightest “bean-y” flavor. But don’t just take my word for it! Whip these guys up yourself and see just what I’m talking about. Do it! Go! Now! Kids and adults alike will thank you.

White plate with crumbs of the almond butter chocolate brownies

Ingredient Health Benefits

Almonds: Good source of protein, fiber/Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron

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White plate full of brownies topped chocolate chips and slivered almonds

Almond Butter Brownies

Erin
These vegan almond butter brownies are moist, chewy, and filled with something unexpectedly good for you. They also happen to be refined sugar free. Get ready to change the way you look at desserts!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 9 brownies

Ingredients
  

Brownie Batter

  • ½ cup red lentils
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup vegan mini chocolate chips
  • cup smooth almond butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Almond Butter Base

  • ¾ cup crunchy almond butter
  • cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened plant-based milk

Toppings

  • slivered almonds
  • mini vegan chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8×8 baking dish with parment paper.

Brownie Batter

  • Begin by cooking the red lentils. Sort and thoroughly rinse the lentils. Add water and lentils to a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to boil thenlower to medium-low heat and cook for 15 minutes until lentisl are very tender and water has been absorbed.
  • While lentils are cooking warm canola oil and maple syrup in a small pot over medium heat. When hot but not boiling remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips. Continue to stir the mixture until all the chips have melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • When the lentils are done cooking add them to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend. Set aside.

Almond Butter Base

  • Whisk together crunchy almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla & plant-based milk. The mixture should be thick and resemble a paste.
  • Evenly press the almond butter base into the bottom of the parchment-lined baking dish. Pour in the brownie batter. Sprinkle with slivered almonds and mini chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes unitl a toothipick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before slicing with a serrated knife.
Keyword almonds, brownies, chocolate, dessert, lentils

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