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Paleo Caramel Brownies…my way

PALEO CARAMEL BROWNIES
my way…of course! ūüėČ
adapted from Elana’s Pantry

9 yum

I’m sure I came across this recipe on Facebook, I’m not always looking for new recipes, but this one caught my interest and thought you might be interested to. ¬†Since I’m always interested in health eating and sweets are sometimes hard to come by, I took a look at this recipe on Elana’s Pantry.

Okay, before we get started I want you know to know that I made this recipe twice and the recipes below are the final product. ¬†If you want the original recipes you can click on the Elana’s Pantry links. ¬†These were tested by my hubby and some family and the 2nd batch was the winner. ¬†I also decided to use my ‘Perfect Brownie Pan Set (as seen on TV)‘ ¬†I must say, I do like the pan, its the cutter part I’m not in love with, I could easily throw that part out, its extremely hard to clean. So the second batch, my grandson suggested I leave it out and only cut the brownies with it after cooked, which I did, it was still hard to clean, but not as bad. ¬†The 1st batch only filled half of the pan, the 2nd batch I doubled the recipe and it filled the pan.

This is a 3 part recipe, on Elana’s Pantry you have to click on 3 links for the 3 recipes, my altered recipes are all right below.

  1. Prepare and bake brownies (recipe below)
  2. Allow the Paleo Brownies to cool
  3. Drizzle with Vegan Caramel Sauce (recipe below) over the brownies, any left over caramel can be drizzled over the chocolate once it sets.
  4. Drizzle with Chocolate Ganache (recipe below) for my 2nd batch I didn’t drizzle the chocolate, pretty much iced them with it and they liked it better.
  5. Serve.  You can serve with ice cream, drizzle with melted peanut butter as my son did, whipped cream, etc.

brownie mix in pan baked brownies baked brownies completed brownies brownie 2nd batch yum

Paleo Brownies

  • 2 cup¬†almond meal (the original recipe used almond flour which I didn’t have, but thinking it was going through the ninja I figured it would turn into flour. ¬†It worked fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†baking soda
  • 8 ounces baking chocolate (100% cacao)
  • 16¬†dates pits removed (soak for about 15 minutes before using)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon PURE Maple Syrup (or honey, agave or stevia)
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life – Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips¬†(Dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free)
  1. In a food processor (I used my NINJA), pulse together almond meal, salt and baking soda
  2. Pulse in squares of dark chocolate until the texture of coarse sand
  3. Pulse in dates until the texture of coarse sand
  4. Pulse in eggs
  5. Pulse in coconut oil and maple syrup until mixture is smooth
  6. Remove blade from processor, mix in chocolate chips with spatula
  7. Transfer mixture to a greased¬†9′ x 12 (I used my Perfect brownie pan)
  8. Mixture will be very thick, smooth with a spatula
  9. Bake at 350¬į for 18-22 minutes
  10. While cooling make the Caramel Sauce recipe and the Chocolate Ganache recipe, both below.

Vegan Caramel Sauce

  • ¬ĺ cup coconut milk
  • ¬ĺ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey¬†or coconut nectar (I used the coconut nectar)
  • ¬ľ cup coconut oil (no need to melt first)
  1. Place coconut milk fat, coconut sugar, and coconut nectar in a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer
  3. Continue simmering for 10 minutes
  4. Allow caramel sauce to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Stir in coconut oil until completely dissolved

Chocolate Ganache

  • ¬ľ cup coconut milk
  • 2.5 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate chips
  1. Combine coconut milk and chocolate in a small saucepan
  2. Heat over very low heat
  3. Stir until melted
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Drizzle over ice cream, brownies or cake

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Sweet Potato Hash Browns

BACON WRAPPED MEATLOAF with SWEET POTATO HASH BROWNS
(the meatloaf is gluten free, the hash browns are Paleo)
6Bacon Meatloaf Sweetpotato Hashbrowns

Okay, I have been wanting to make bacon wrapped meatloaf for a very long time. ¬†Ever since I saw it on Diners, Drive-Inns & Dives and actually had it at the Standard Diner in Albuquerque¬†NM thanks to the Triple D app ON THE ROAD. ¬†You can never go wrong with using that app. ¬†Anyway, since I’ve had it, I had to figure out how to make it, but for some reason, this was very intimidating to me, so it’s taken me a while to even think about making it. ¬†Well, I did it! ¬†I jumped out of my comfort zone and jumped into 2 pounds of ground meat! LOL!

There is no recipe ūüėČ ¬†just use what you normally use. ¬†If you want to know what I used: ground meat 80/20 (flavor remember, fat makes flavor, plus your meatloaf won’t be dry. ¬†I used gluten free bread crumbs, garlic powder, various spices (which changes every time I cook), an egg to hold it all together and I had some shredded sharp cheese mix opened in the fridge so I tossed that in. ¬†That’s about it. ¬†Hand mixed it all together, formed it into a loaf on a cookie tray with sides, then, wrapped it in bacon! ¬†EASY PEASY!

Baked in a pre-heated 375¬į over for about an hour or so until bacon is browned. ¬†You’ll know when its done.

1raw Meatloaf 2bacon wrapped meatloaf ready for oven 3baking meatloaf 4Bacon Meatloaf complete 5Meatloaf cut

Also, for a side dish for this dinner my good friend Lexi, gave me this Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Brown recipe she found on Pinterest. ¬†Since I’m not Paleo I added bacon to the topping and bacon grease to the oil and next time I’ll add cheese.

1Mashed sweetpotato n butternut squash 2Eggs for hashbrowns 3batter for hashbrowns 4grated sweetpotato 5hashbrown mixture 6coconut oil bacon drippings 7frying hashbrowns 8Sweet Potato hashbrowns cooking 9Sweet potato hashbrowns 10Hash Browns topped

Ingredients
  1. 4 medium sweet potatoes
  2. 2 eggs, whisked ( got a double yolkier on my 2nd egg thats why there are 3 yolks)
  3. 1/2 cup almond flour
  4. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  5. 1/4 cup green onions, chopped (plus some for garnish)
  6. 1/4 cup coconut oil (I had some bacon grease left in the pan from cooking the extra bacon not used on the meatloaf, so I added the coconut oil to it. ¬†Just added flavor ūüôā )
Instructions
  1. 1. Pierce one of the sweet potatoes with a fork. Wrap it in a damp paper towel and place it in a small bowl with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave for 7-9 minutes, or until tender.(I actually had leftover mashed sweet potatoes/butternut squash in the fridge so I used them)
  2. 2. Let this sweet potato sit for 5 minutes. Then drain the water, peel the potato, and mash it with a fork.
  3. 3. Take the other 3 sweet potatoes and peel them. Then grate them on a box grater using the large holes. In your bowl of grated sweet potatoes(I used my grater on my Kitchen Ade Stand Mixer), add the previous mashed potato, the 2 eggs, almond flour, sea salt, and green onion. Combine with a spoon.
  4. 4. In a skillet (I used cast iron), pour coconut oil and heat over medium until your cast iron is hot. If you have a thermometer, it should read 350 degrees. Then drop in sweet potato “cakes” in about 2-3 tablespoon batches. Flatten them with a spatula. Cook on each side for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. 5. Once cooked, place on a plate with paper towels to drain the oil. Serve HOT!