Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Decadent Black Forest Brownie Delight

From Kristi’s Kitchen

This recipe is a delicious layered spin on a black forest's absolutely heaven and so easy to put together!

Brownie Layer

1 tbsp. flaxmeal
3 tbsp. filtered water
2 organic eggs, beaten (to make egg free follow "Brodie's Ooey-Gooey Brownie Treat" post)
2 tsp. sugar-free vanilla
¼ c. + 3 tbsp. grapeseed oil
½ c. + 1 tbsp. coconut nectar
¼ c. + 1 tbsp. coconut milk
¼ c. coconut flour, sifted
1/3 c. cocoa powder
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. baking powder

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Combine flaxmeal and water in a small sauce
-Bring to a boil and simmer until thick and creamy, about 3 minutes- whisking constantly
-Remove from heat
-Add vanilla, oil, nectar and milk
-Whisk until well combined
-In a glass bowl, sift together coconut flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder
-Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until smooth
-Using a small amount of grapeseed oil, grease an 8x8 glass baking dish
-Spread the batter even across the dish
-Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes
-Remove from oven and cool completely

Whipped Cream Cheese Layer

4 oz. cream cheese,softened
1 c. organic heavy cream, cold
1/4 c. xylitol OR eqivalent in stevia, raw organic honey, coconut nectar or coconut palm crystals
1/2 tsp. sugar-free vanilla

-Whip cream cheese and sweetener in mixing bowl
-Add vanilla and 1/4 c. cream and continue whipping
-Continue to add cream 1/4 c. at a time until all cream is incorporated and stiff beaks form

Cherry Sauce Layer

1 c. frozen or fresh cherries
1/4 c. filtered water
2 tbsp. coconut palm crystals OR equivalent of sweetener of choice to taste
1/4 -1/2 tsp. xanthan gum to thicken

-Combine cherries, sweetener and water in small sauce pot
-Bring to a boil
-Reduce heat and simmer until fruit is broken down
- Sprinkle in xanthan gum and return to boil
-Stir until thickened, about 3 minutes
-Remove form heat and cool

Whipped Topping Layer

I bought a natural dairy free whipped topping made from almond and cashew milk for this could just as easily make some more plain whipped cream sweetened to taste and use it as a topper.

Assembly Directions:

After the brownie layer is completely cooled or chilled, cover with a layer of Whipped Cream Cheese. Next add a layer of cooled Cherry Sauce and finally a layer of Whipped Topping or Whipped Cream. Sprinkle with almond slivers as a garnish. Refrigerate until ready to serve

Serve in small squares - it is decadently rich!

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