Paleo Dark Chocolate Cherry Chunk Espresso Brownies

Jun 10, 2012 by

I’m kind of torturing myself right now on a multitude of levels. One, I’ve made the decision to take a couple weeks off from CrossFit which also means I’ll be missing running the Warrior Dash with my husband and friends next weekend. Two, I am on Day 1 of another 21-day sugar detox and posting this damn recipe is some form of punishment for apparently being an a-hole in a past life.  I had such great results with the detox last time that way outweighed the shitty so I have three more planned in the next few months to help me get to where I want to be by my birthday in November.

It’s good timing in one sense because last time I did it, I had dramatic negative effects on my energy and it directly affected my WODs and lifting tremendously (which is not common and some people are the opposite). With the planned CF break, maybe the effects of the detox will be less awful. I fully expect I’ll be a full-on psycho hose beast in a few days but maybe not sucking so badly at my workouts will help me deal with it a little better.

Anyway I made this a week or so ago as an experiment and I let my friends test them out (I don’t think they mind being testers so much, ha!)

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They came out so good that I made them again for a potluck party at the gym last night and I promised I would get these up as soon as I could, despite my own horror as I fed the kids the last of them this morning without even a taste. As you can see here, I made a double batch and used two long pans. I think they come out better this way – thin and crispy on edges but still soft and gooey in middle.

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I  am also lucky enough to live in a place with an amazing selection of local “paleo” jams and preserves made only with fruit and local honey so it’s easy to just take a small amount of the cherry/berry preserves and put it on top to pull the whole brownie in. You can, of course, make extra cherry/coffee/honey reduction and use that as a topping or skip it altogether. I find it’s a matter of preference.

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  1. I’m on Day 2 of the second try at the 21 Day Sugar Detox…..I lasted 13 days on the first try. And I’m going to KEEP trying it til I get it right- and get down to 140 lbs- hopefully by the end of the year.

    I know looking at your blog and Pinterest I torture myself….but I do it anyway. Glutton for punishment, I suppose.

    These are going to be the first thing I make when I get under 200 lbs. And then when I get under 175- and finally when I make goal!!!

    You are still my inspiration, AA!!! xx

  2. What a fabulous flavor combination and I love the healthful ingredients!

  3. shannon

    I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

    I hope you post what you eat again as you go through 21 days again. I struggled last time with food (mostly because I am so gosh darn busy) and we have very little left overs (to eat the next day). I used several of your meal ideas from the last go round and would love to be stocked up on new ideas before I start a new round (which I need to do soon).

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