Carob Brownie Bites

Carob BROWNIE BITES (AIP, egg-free, resistant starch)

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Carob Brownie Bites are the perfect, healthy treat for Paleo, AIP and egg-free eaters! They contain something great for colon health, called resistant starch, and we’ll talk a bit more about that … Green plantains are the secret ingredient in this cookie meets brownie that just couldn’t be yummier.

Healthy Brownies

I got great reactions, ones that exceeded my expectations, when I served these cookies. My husband kind of swooned, catching me off guard.

“These bring me back. I wish you could have known Grandma Pat,” he said nostalgically. She was the grandma who cooked with carob instead of chocolate, and juiced for the grandkids. 😉  “You would have loved her.”

When my oldest son had his first bite, his eyes got big. “These are the best brownies I’ve ever had. You know how much I like brownies.” I had perceived them as cookies. But my other kids agreed emphatically: They are brownies. And my youngest wanted to know what was in them and when I’d make more.

I hadn’t tasted them yet myself and didn’t expect such rave reviews. I was hoping they’d turned out, but yay! Eureka! This recipe was my first go at dehydrator cookies; so they were an experiment. So happy to have nailed it.

What do I love about these cookies nutritionally?

Resistant starch! I have mentioned it to you before, but now I offer it to you in cookie form! Because the green plantains in the cookies are dehydrated instead of being baked at a higher temperature, the resistant starch remains and becomes food for flora in our guts, a prebiotic. Here’s more information about resistant starch if you’re interested.

Also, they’re egg-free, safe for the AIP diet, and sweetened with honey.

If you’ve never worked with plantains before, be sure to buy green ones, and then the recipe below shares how to peel them. Also, here’s a video that shows how.

What do I love about these cookies nutritionally? Resistant starch! I have mentioned it to you before but now I offer it to you in cookie form! Because the green plantains in the cookies are dehydrated instead of being baked at a higher temperature, the resistant starch remains and becomes food for flora in your gut, a prebiotic. Here's more information about, and sources of, resistant starch if you're interested. Also, they're egg-free, safe for the AIP diet and sweetened only with honey. And you can use whatever fat your body most needs. I like them with extra-virgin olive oil; but the recipe is versatile: coconut oil, tallow, ghee, any fat will work well.

 

Enjoy, and let me know how you like them.

5 from 1 vote
Carob Brownie Bites
Carob Brownie Bites
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
5 hrs 20 mins
 
A 1-ounce scoop with an automatic release mechanism is helpful when scooping cookie batter.
Servings: 16 cookies
Author: Megan
Ingredients
  • 2 whole green plantains , peeled* and cut into 1/2" slices
  • 2/3 cup carob powder , roasted
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. gelatin Use code BEAUTIFUL10 at check out for 10% off your entire order
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in high-powered blender, blending on low speed for about 1 minute, until plantain is pureed. Small pieces of plantain will be speckled throughout.
  2. Scoop 1-ounce portions onto lined dehydrator tray or greased cookie sheet (if using a low-temperature oven).
  3. Dehydrate cookies at 125 degrees for 8-10 hours, depending on the dehydrator, until cookies are brownie-like in texture: soft and chewy.

  4. Cool cookies and refrigerate for storage.
Recipe Notes

*How to peel green plantains- Have plantains at room temperature.

  1. Cut off both ends.
  2. Cut in half length-wise.
  3. Cut each half in half again, width-wise.
  4. Insert thumb between flesh and peel and unwrap sticky peel.

Do you have a dehydrator and access to plantains?

Comments 25

    1. Sounds great, Chloe! Yes, my kids are beginning to phase off. And we introduced plantains and carob as two of their first foods. Both went over great.

    1. I’ve only been using them for the past year and they feel like a boon! When the green plantains aren’t cooked, but rather dehydrated, they offer the added health bonus.

    1. Hi Stephanie, I would use the same amount, knowing they would be DARK chocolate. If you decrease the amount then the ratio of ingredients will change. Good luck! Sounds like a fun experiment.

  1. Would it be possible to make these using store-bought plantain flour? Or another resistant flour? And if so, how much would you recommend? And would the end result still be resistant and healthful?

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      I haven’t made the recipe like that, so I don’t know. I think it will change the recipe too much, because the plantains add bulk and moisture. Best wishes!

  2. I love these so much! Thank you for posting. I swear eating these helped me not have a menstrual migraine last month. Do you think they could be made at a lower (raw food) temperature?

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      Aw, LOVE that!! Thanks for sharing! I’m so happy for your relief! Yes, you can definitely dehydrate these at a lower temp, will just need to dehydrate for longer. xo (and have you already used magnesium for the headaches? Something to consider, and the book called Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden; it’s excellent. Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/2PjNf1x)

  3. Hi. These sound wonderful. I don’t access to a dehydrator. What temp would i set my oven to? 200°F is my lowest setting.

    Thank you.

  4. I, like Hannah, do not have a dehydrator. What temp would I need to set my oven and how long would I cook it for? Many thanks

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      Hi Bronwen, the lowest most ovens will go to is 170 degrees Fahrenheit. You could do this and then leave the door open with the handle of a wooden spoon to create air flow. The time will depend on your oven and when they’re done but will be similar to the original recipe. If your oven temp will go lower, 140 degrees is ideal. Best wishes!

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