Thanksgiving really outdid itself this year, but you know what time it is? Christmas time. I had my fair share of naughty Thanksgiving treats, but am well on my way to thinking about the next big thing. Let the Christmas menu planning begin!
Okay fine, we’ll take a moment of silence in appreciation of the passing holiday before jumping up and down and moving onto Christmas planning.
This was the first Thanksgiving in the 5 years we’ve been dating that Mark got to spend Thanksgiving in Nashville with my family.
We went to the farm with my mom’s side for lunch and then my dad’s side for dinner. We walked into this hilarious announcement from my creative aunt who is also apparently talented in photoshop. It was hysterical and no, my sister is not pregnant. I’m plenty.
Okay that was nice, now time for Christmas! Like any good meal, we must start with the dessert. Thanksgiving has obvious staples including pumpkin, chess, and pecan pie, but what about Christmas? What is the quintessential Christmas dessert? Well, I haven’t figured it out yet, but nothing beats a gooey, chocolatey batch of brownies. Especially when they are made free from dairy and grains, but taste just as good if not better than the real deal. And did I mention these were topped with a delicious and healthy frosting?
When I started becoming more health conscious about a year ago, paleo baking wasn’t something I readily accepted. I didn’t recognize the ingredients and swore them off as being too expensive. I now see that buying the staples are worth their weight in gold because I can use them for so many different recipes and they’re easy to stretch.
For the brownies, if you don’t want to spend nearly $10 on almond flour just to use a tablespoon, grind a 1/4- 1/2 cup of almonds to a fine powder in your food processor instead.
I also suggest investing in an immersion blender (hello, black Friday sale), which I used to mash up my bananas for the base of the brownies. It’s by far my favorite kitchen tool because it prevents me from having to hand-wash my ninja blender and it’s so much easier to whip in and out. I use it for everything.
Yes, you could technically only bake just the brownies, but the frosting knocks them over the edge and is a gateway to a beautiful looking Christmas masterpiece. Plus, it literally takes a minute to make.
1 cup solid coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp arrowroot flour (optional to thicken)
Mix all ingredients into food processor for 30 seconds until well incorporated.
- 2 bananas
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp almond flour
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ⅓ cup enjoy life chocolate chips
- 1 batch paleo frosting
- 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
- additional pomegranate seeds for optional garnish
- Preheat oven to 350
- Grease an 8x8 baking dish
- Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl with immersion blender or chop in food processor for 30 seconds
- add all ingredients except the chocolate chips
- blend all ingredients until a smooth batter forms
- fold in the chocolate chips
- pour evenly into the baking pan
- bake in oven for 30 minutes
- let it cool completely in the refrigerator for 2 hours
- spread ¾ of the frosting on the brownies
- mix the remaining frosting with the juice from 1 tbsp of pomegranate seeds for natural red food coloring
- dollop 5-6 drops of red frosting on top of the white and use a butter knife to drag the red frosting back and forth in a grid
- garnish with optional pomegranate seeds
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are on your way to a great Friday!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, are you already thinking about Christmas?
Whats your favorite kitchen tool or appliance?