Some days I just have a sweet tooth. I am a complete chocoholic and I try to eat healthy but no one is perfect. Since the New Year I have been trying to eliminate sugar from my diet and it’s gone pretty well. It has opened my eyes to other sweeteners that are just as good if not better than sugar. Agave, Honey, Pure Maple Syrup and Brown Rice Syrup are great alternatives. The great thing about the alternative sweeteners is you don’t feel like complete garbage after you eat them. Sugar gives me a headache and makes me tired. So tonight is a chocolate craving kind of day and here is what’s on the dessert menu.

Cocoa Brownies sweetened with agave syrup

5 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup agave syrup
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease mini-muffin pans (makes 24-mini cups).
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the chocolate cut into chunks, stir just until melted. Remove from heat.
3. With a wooden spoon, stir in the agave syrup. Stir in eggs, 1 at a time. Add vanilla.
4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
5. Stir flour mixture into saucepan until blended.
6. Spoon the batter into the mini-muffin cups.
7. Bake 10-12 minutes.
8. Enjoy


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