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Dark Chocolate Fig Brownies

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These brownies are incredibly decadent. You will fall in love with them–no, actually. Both chocolate and figs are considered aphrodisiacs, or foods that stimulate romantic desire. I’m not saying that if you give one to an attractive person, he/she will fall madly in love with you, but it could definitely help, I guess!

Ingredients

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Yield 16 small or 12 large bites of heaven

2 cups of dried, chopped, de-stemmed Turkish figs (the ones with the tan-ish skins)

1/3 cup of palm shortening OR coconut oil, melted

2 eggs, whisked

6 ounces of dark chocolate

2/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of coconut flour

1/3 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 cup of chopped almonds (optional)

1/4 cup of raisins (optional)

3 tablespoons of raw coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup (optional but recommended(

Directions

First things first: preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 x 8 baking dish with a square of parchment paper. Grease HEAVILY with some coconut oil.
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the Turkish figs until sticky and no clumps remain, about two minutes. Scrape down the bowl once, and add a tablespoon of water if your figs are getting stuck.

Once well processed, add the palm shortening OR coconut oil and the eggs. Blend those guys with the figs until homogeneous, about 1 minute.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, melt the chocolate on 30 second intervals in the microwave until smooth, about 2 minutes. (You can also do this in a small saucepan over  low heat.) Stir between every interval to ensure that the chocolate won’t burn. Once melted, scrape the chocolate into the bowl of a food processor with the full-fat coconut milk and vanilla extract. Blend for another minute or two longer.

Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift the coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda into the bowl of the food processor. Process for another two minutes until all of the ingredients are completely combined. If you like, you can also include in the almonds and raisins to add some texture!

Now, it’s time to taste the batter. I know it has raw egg, but a little bit WON’T kill you. If it doesn’t taste chocolaty enough, add in the raw coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup. To bring out the chocolate flavor, you NEED sweetness, and there’s no way to get around that. While the figs are plenty sweet on their own, some added sweetener–even just a little bit–will do wonders for your dessert. It’s your call: leave it out to be “healthy,” or add it in to have a delicious final product.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, spread out, and bake until firm on top and a knife comes out with a little residue in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes. Please, take these out before you think they’re done–overcooked brownies are far less appealing and happen ever-to-often. You will thank yourself later for your riskiness.

Let the brownies cool in the pan for AT LEAST half an hour before slicing and serving. Be prepared to die and go to brownie heaven.


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