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Now that my cookbook recipe testing is done (you can get the latest cookbook update from yesterday’s blog post here), I’ve been trying to keep my Healthy Fats (THM:S) meals focused on foundation fats like coconut oil, butter, and eggs instead of adding so many harder-to-digest-and-often-overused fats like heavy cream, cheese, cream cheese, and nuts. I can tell a big difference in the way my body processes the foundation fats versus how it burns the “heavier” fats. I just feel so much cleaner and clearer and lighter when I cut back on Heavy S meals and focus more on Deep S. Oh, I still use the heavier fats sometimes, but my metabolism really needs a reset after all the cookbook recipe testing I was doing. I kind of saved all the heavy desserts for the end…(i.e. 3 cheesecakes in one week).
This Superfood Single Brownie falls into the Deep S category, and it includes a special power food: okra! The weight-loss and health food benefits of okra have been explained well by people other than me, and you can find some of the information here in this recipe on the Trim Healthy Mama website or in the THM Cookbook. As soon as I get back from my journeyings (I was in Lancaster, PA for 10 days, I’m in NJ for a week, and I’m heading to Holmes County, OH next week), I intend to perfect a larger-batch version of this Deep S brownie. I’ve worked on it a little, but the recipe still needs some tweaks. I have quite a few other okra inspirations ready to be made as well. I can’t wait to get back to my own kitchen!
Update: CLICK HERE for a full-size version of this recipe!
The okra really gives this brownie a nice traditional brownie texture that I love. The brownie is good warm or cold, and it’s gluten, dairy, and nut free for those of you with allergies! I recommend using frozen okra in this recipe because it has been blanched, which helps cut some of the okra slime and breaks the okra down better before use in recipes. I do admit – I like to add fresh okra to shakes. It makes them so thick and gooey that they resemble very thick snot, but if you can put the alarming mental pictures out of your head the texture is really cool. 😛
I can personally taste the earthiness of the okra a little in this brownie and in every other recipe in which I’ve used okra, but it’s not a flavor that I mind as long as there’s another strong flavor, like chocolate, to mask it. I just love knowing that I’m getting a dose of healthy veggies in my dessert!
You may also enjoy:
- My picture recipe index
- Starting THM
- My chocolate recipes
- My Deep S recipes
- Briana’s Ultimate Brownie recipe
- Thaw the diced okra with the coconut oil in the microwave.
- Blend the okra, coconut oil, egg, and water until smooth.
- Whisk the blended mixture with the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 2-cup glass Pyrex dish and microwave for 1 min. 30 sec. or until the brownie is just dry on top. Enjoy warm or cold.