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Paleo Chocolate Brownies… or are they cakes? I don’t know… Crownies?! They are Paleo Crownies….

Soooo as you all know I have been super excited about Chocolate Week, yes you heard me right… It’s a nationwide celebration of the finest chocolatiers and chocolate companies… and well chocolate.  So I thought that I would join in with the fun and concoct some delicious chocolate creations everyday this week.  Some strange and some homely… but all to do with chocolate!

Today I was going to get cracking on with my Paleo/Vegan White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake but decided that I wanted to soak my nuts for the filling for the full 24 hours.  So I had to make something chocolatey right? Right!

Chocolate brownies, they’re simple and delicious… and well usually really bad for you.  I wanted to make a slightly healthier brownie because I am going to have a full week of sampling sweet treats and I want to keep my weight low for training goals (I am currently training for a half marathon).  My daughter had her friend around and every kid likes brownies.  So brownies it was.

But… as you can see something went a little wrong… I cooked them for too long and I think I got some of my proportions wrong (I realised I put in 1 tbsp of baking powder rather than 1 tsp) but these are really yummy whatever they are.  They are halfway between a cake and a brownie. A really squidgy, moist cake that borders on brownie, but sadly is not brownie.

Anyways enough of my tired ramblings here is my recipe for brownies (or not brownies)…

Makes: 16-20 (depending upon how greedy you are)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes


90g cacao solids
100g raw grass-fed unsalted butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 sweet potato (cubed)
1 tbsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
3 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, melt your cacao solids, butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar and raw honey over a bain-marie.
  3. Whilst you are melting your chocolate mix throw the rest of your ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Once your chocolate mix has fully melted pour into the cake batter and blend until smooth.
  5. Line and grease a small baking/brownie pan. Pour in your batter.
  6. Place the mix into the oven and bake until ever so slightly wobbly in the middle.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting.
  8. Enjoy your crownies!

So as you can see pretty simple, but also pretty yummy… and yes I know I have not made them in any conventional way whatsoever but I promise that I will post up some super naughty ones another time… the real fudgy ooey gooey kind!


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  • Reply
    14th October 2014 at 8:16 am

    2 **tablespoons** of baking powder…?

    Blimey, I’m surprised they never ended up the size of beach-balls!

    It’s always a relief when those little culinary slip-ups at least turn out edible, isn’t it, never mind yummy!

    If I were you, I’d copyright the word “Crownie” sharpish, before a large coffee retailer nicks the idea and makes a fortune from it ( legal notice: not that they would even think about it, of course **heavy_irony_OFF** )

    The acid test – now that you’ve brought forth the Crownie, was it good enough to make it **exactly* that way again…?

    • Reply
      14th October 2014 at 8:31 am

      Haha that did make me chuckle! If I could copyright the ‘Crownie’ for free I would!

      It wasn’t 2 tbsp just 1 tbsp! That would have been hilarious!

      I decided to have some this morning with my coffee to see what they were like again. I would say they definitely taste amazing. In fact they remind me of the Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream but with the texture of a very moist cake. They aren’t as dense as brownies.

      Would I make them again? Yes! Everyone loved them too so that was a good sign. I think the concept is a bit hard to get my head around. My brain was tasting brownie but it wasn’t a brownie!

    • Reply
      14th October 2014 at 8:40 am

      Oh no Crownie exists! It’s half brownie half cookie ! I’m going to have to think of a new name!

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