Brownie S’mores \\ Sweet Laurel
It is that time of year…S’more season! Lets kick of this special time of year with a healthier twist on the classic: S’more Brownies. These are delicious and a perfect for treat for the summer!
Yields about 24 brownies
2 cups almond, cashew or sunbutter
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup date paste or 4 dates (pitted)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl, beat the maple syrup and dates or date paste until creamy. Blend nut butter, then slowly add eggs and vanilla extract.
Add cacao, baking soda and salt. Mix until well incorporated. Add chocolate chips, reserving some for the top.
Pour batter into 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake 320 for 30-35 minutes.
Homemade Chocolate Chips
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (100% cacao, organic is preferable)
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey
Break baking chocolate into one inch pieces and place in thick saucepan or double boiler. Over a very low heat, melt baking chocolate. Once melted, take off heat and add maple syrup or raw honey and stir. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper and spread into a rectangle, about 8×12 inches. Place parchment in freezer. Once hardened (will take a few minutes), break into small pieces and use as chocolate chips.
Honey Roasted Marshmallows
1 cup water (divided)
3 tablespoons grass fed beef gelatin powder (for vegan, use soy based gelatin)
1 cup honey (because it’s being cooked, it doesn’t have to be raw)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
Set aside prepared brownies. You will be topping brownies with marshmallows!
Pour 1/2 cup of water into a Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the top of the water. Allow to sit.
In a saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 cup water, honey and vanilla. Turn on stove to medium heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer until it reaches the soft ball stage at 240° F. Turn mixer on, blending the gelatin and water mixture. Slowly begin mixing in syrup mixture and continue to beat for about 10 minutes. Beat until marshmallow peaks form.
Pour mixture onto brownies. Allow to set. You can either cut the brownies after they have set and then torch them with cooking torch, or leave brownies uncut and torch the top of the brownies. Your choice! They are both beautiful and delicious either way. Enjoy!