Paleo Banana Cashew Butter Brownies

by danielle on January 29, 2013

Very rarely do I actually make something sweet that I just can’t wait to try. I try to keep things pretty healthy and know that I just don’t feel my best when I load up on sweets and sugar. This recipe was an exception. My favorite thing ever is chocolate peanut butter and these brownies are your Paleo version of chocolate and peanut butter. I swapped the peanut butter for cashew butter and believe it or not cocoa is technically “paleo”. The only questionable ingredient in here is honey and really if you’re going to have a sweet honey is one of the better options.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-4 tbs. cashew butter

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine your cocoa, almond flour, sea salt and baking powder.
  3. Using a hand mixer add in a ripe mashed banana, honey, 1/4 cup cashew butter and eggs.
  4. Lastly mix in your vanilla.
  5. Once blended pour into a greased 8X8 baking pan.
  6. Drop your remaining cashew butter by the teaspoon on top of your batter. Use a knife to swirl into the batter.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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What’s your favorite combination with chocolate??? 

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucie January 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

Oh YUMM!! These look absolutely delish, I think I wouldn’t be able to enjoy them in moderation :-)
I love chocolate and banana. My favorite dessert.

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What if you made them and froze some for later! You would love them!

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Lucie January 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Perfect idea!!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

Cashews are actually hit or miss for me. But when they are in something baked, I usually like it. When eaten alone, they have to be raw cashews. For some reason, roasted cashews are definitely not my favorite nut. Great recipe idea, Danielle!

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Thanks Michelle

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Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife January 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

I have been in the mood for brownies! I told my mom to make some yesterday but she declined! I’m pinning these and picking up the ingredients I don’t have at the grocery store! Thanks! (:

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Perfect! I hope you enjoy them!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I love the swirl in these! My favorite chocoalte combo is chocolate and PB… I would totally ice these with peanut butter fluff. :)

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Um that would be amazing!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

These are definitely being made SOON (except with soy nut butter instead of cashew butter)! They look incredible! My favourite flavours to pair with chocolate are mint, caramel, banana and soy nut butter.

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hope you enjoy! I love chocolate and peanut butter!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

you had me at cashew butter!

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hahaha! Enjoy!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Holy cow, these look amazing! Normally my go-to combination with chocolate is peanut butter, but I love the idea of using a different nut butter, like cashew or almond. Awesome recipe! :)

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Thanks so much Hannah! Glad you like them.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oooo these look so fudgy and delicious! Really, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with chocolate, but some of my favorite combinations are with banana, almond butter, mint, cherry, and orange.

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Agreed. Chocolate and anything just had to be good!

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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples January 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

i love chocolate with strawberries and vanilla greek yogurt :) …and also chocolate with wine ♥ *sigh*

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I’ve never tried that Greek yogurt combination. Sounds amazing!

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Kierston January 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Peanut butter, definitely!

Great looking recipe! Yummmers :)

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Thanks Kierston!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

oh yummy! I think I need to make these, with peanut butter when I get home. I have yet to try cashew butter but I am sure I would like it!

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

You would definitely like it but these would be amazing with peanut butter too!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Danielle, these LOOK and sound amazing! I haven’t had a brownie in so long.

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

thanks Paige! I’m glad you like them!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl January 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Double YUM!! These are all of my favorite ingredients in one recipe! I cannot wait to try these!!

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Thanks Kim! Hope you like them!

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Lisa January 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Drooling. These look amazing and so chocolate-y. Favorite combo? Oh man, that’s a tough one. I mean I love coconut and chocolate, peppermint and chocolate, pumpkin and chocolate, basically anything plus chocolate is a win;)

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danielle January 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Lisa!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity January 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

holy smokes…. I want these now! I might have to try making a peanut butter version of these. do you think whole wheat flour would work instead of almond flour? I’ve never used/bought it!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 12:22 am

Yes it definitely would work I bet. Hope you like them!

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Kristen@Change of Pace January 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I’m out of honey! Nooooo! Looks amazing. Love that you can see the cashew butter in it!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

You better go get some ;) Glad you like them!

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Ericka @ The Sweet Life January 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Pinned in a heartbeat! Grand idea!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

Thanks so much Ericka!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Danielle!!! These look amazing! Just pinned them, so there’s no way I’ll forget to make them. Now I just need to buy cashew butter!

All-time favorite chocolate combination: peanut butter, OF COURSE. ;) I don’t think that will ever change! <3

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

Couldn’t agree more! Chocolate and peanut butter is the best!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities January 30, 2013 at 1:22 am

Looks like someone is getting ready for Valentine’s Day a little early ;)

I HATE chocolate but… if it’s paired with MINT or PEANUT BUTTER – it’s the most scrumptious treat in the world, lol!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I love chocolate and peanut butter together. Best combination ever ;)

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Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy January 30, 2013 at 5:01 am

These look delicious! I am HUGE chocolate and peanut butter fan, too, so not having peanut butter while on our Paleo challenge has been hard for me! I am going to make these soon!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Try sunflower butter. It was my favorite swap for peanut butter when I first made the switch!

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Jessie January 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

Danielle, it’s like you read my mind. I was JUST looking for recipes involving almond four :) Thank you my dear!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Yay! So glad you like the recipe!

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Caitlin January 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Yummy yummy I love brownies! they win over cookies, love the chocolate. My fave brownie pairing is…RED WINE. Yup.

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danielle January 31, 2013 at 12:42 am

Hmm I’ve never tried that pairing!

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Danica @ It's Progression January 31, 2013 at 2:28 am

wow, these look amazing! My favorite combo is dark chocolate and any kind of nut butter. And add some fruit in with that and I’m weak at the knees. haha

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danielle January 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Danica! Sounds like an amazing combo!

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julie February 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

cashews BY FAR are my fav nut! i love them so much – they’re almost TOO addicting hah. and i can’t wait for you to post your spagh squash bake! it’s my fav squash right now :)

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danielle February 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

It will be up soon Julie. It was really great.

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