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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Paleo Brownie Bites

As my labmate reminded me today, I'll be proposing my dissertation topic this semester. I don't know if this is typical in all departments, but at least in ours, it's standard fare to provide some sort of tasty snack for your committee to enjoy while they listen to your (cough) incredibly fascinating defense presentation. Usually, I bring cookies, but especially because I'm examining the paleo diet as one of my key variables in my dissertation project, I felt like that would be a little...inappropriate now. But, I can't disappoint them with a veggie platter. (My advisor hearts cookies, big time.)

You see my dilemma.

So, I decided that it had to be possible to create a paleo sweet treat that was still delectable to nonpaleo eaters. Thus, I'm going to be testing this latest creation on some nonpaleo friends. It is my own opinion, however, that these are the most delicious "replacement" item I've made since going paleo.

Paleo Brownie Bites
(Makes 12)

-2 2.5 oz bags chopped macadamia nuts (from the baking section of the store--they were the only unsalted ones I could find)

-1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

-1/4 c coconut flour

-1/2 c dextrose (EDIT: although they taste sweet to me, you may need to use more if you're feeding them to anyone who isn't paleo--some preliminary data suggests that they don't taste remarkably sweet otherwise)

-2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Grind macadamia nuts in a food processor until they form a paste. Scrape into a large bowl, and add cocoa powder, coconut flour, and dextrose. Blend thoroughly--it should have a fine-ish texture, but still a little bit clumpy. Add eggs and mix well, until you have a very thick cookie dough. Shape into 1 1/2" balls, and place on cookie sheet.

Bake 10 minutes (they should still be very soft). Let rest for a few minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to a wire rack to cool.

The outside should be just a little crumbly, and the inside should be super moist. Not the kind of thing you want to eat every day, but delicious.



  1. Tried these today; they were excellent! I think I've found my paleo go-to 'brownie-like' cookie recipe for special occasions...

  2. Yay! Very glad to hear it--they're definitely one of my favorites.

  3. I ordered it from these guys: They have a lot of other really awesome stuff too, many types of flours, etc, that are hard to find in stores.

    I think a friend mentioned that you can sometimes find dextrose in Asian markets as well.

    Alternatively, honey usually substitutes in these recipes pretty well--you may have to play around with the proportion of dry ingredients to get the consistency right, though.