When you like eating as much as I do, people start to give you food as gifts.
Which was definitely the case this year. For my 26th birthday my dad gave me a huge box of dehydrated foods. Maybe a normal person wouldn’t be into getting a box of dehydrated foods as a gift but obviously, I’m not normal…and I think I might have inherited it from my dad because I’m almost certain he had just as much fun dehydrating those foods as I had eating them.
Among the typical dehydrated foods like apples, jerky, bananas, pineapple, mango, and kiwi, he also gave me a big jar of chestnut flour he had made himself.
That’s right…flour made out of chestnuts. Not only did he grow the chestnuts himself, he shelled and dehydrated them, then ground them into flour. Pretty freakin’ cool, right?
I got the jar home and set it on my shelf thinking that I’d have to search for some recipes when I got some time. Luckily for me, the very next day, two of my favorite food bloggers posted a recipe for brownies using…you guessed it, chestnut flour!
Obviously it was meant to be so I went to the grocery store and picked up a few bars of dark chocolate and set out to make some brownies.
Back when I never considered eating healthy foods, I used to love brownies. Those prepackaged mixes that you just added water and a couple eggs to were totally my jam. Just for fun I decided to check out the ingredients for one of those mixes. Check it out:
Sugar, Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil. Contains 2% or less of: Corn Starch, Salt, Artificial Flavor.
Yeah, I think I’ll stick with my chestnut flour brownies. I don’t think I’m really missing out by not having hydrogenated oils and bleach in my dessert.
The brownies turned out great. They were super fudgy, as promised, and I couldn’t even tell that they were using chestnut flour instead of wheat flour. In fact, I think the chestnut flour really added to the sweetness of the brownies which is great because brownies should be sweet.
My favorite part was probably the frosting which was made from coconut cream and chocolate. I added some to my coffee and it tasted just like a mocha. I may or may not have eaten at least 1/4 of the frosting before even putting it on the brownies.
If you ever need some brownies in your life, definitely check out this recipe. I think they said you can substitute other nut flours if you don’t have chestnut flour. But if you want to use the chestnut flour and don’t feel like making your own or don’t have someone to make it for you, like me, they sell it in stores*! You just gotta do a little searching. I found chestnut flour at Meijer in the baking aisle next to other things like potato starch, quinoa flour, oat flour, etc.
Have you ever used any flours other than wheat flour? How did it turn out? Do you like brownies as much as me? Are you drooling after looking at these pictures? Let me know in the comments!
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