The following post was originally featured on Fitnessista and written by Gina H., who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.
As you can guess from the title, this recipe is all things good in the world: chocolate, gooey, cake, yes. They’re also grain-free and accidentally egg-free. I went to add in the egg and we were out of eggs. Emergency crisis. I ended up giving them a whirl anyway, and the result is dense, fudge-y and glorious. The texture is a little different than a cake ¡ª they don’t really “set” until you allow them to cool and can place in the fridge for a while, too ¡ª and they’re dense and gooey. Basically they’re nuts and chocolate; so pretty much like eating trail mix, right? Right. I’ll stop trying to explain it and just say you should try it.
These brownies/cakes/bars/things are a little more labor-intensive than the usual holiday cookie, but I promise they are worth it. I mentioned this idea to the Pilot, and I’m pretty sure he asked me twice if I had made them yet. And then we ate half the pan and high-fived each other repeatedly.
These gooey cakes were inspired by the beloved Paula Deen versions (which if you haven’t tried, you need to at least once in your life). I wanted to try creating layers, with a chocolate layer on the bottom, and a lighter, chocolate chip cookie layer on the top.
This is what happened: fudge brownies, topped with light and sweet cookie dough, with chocolate chips throughout.
For dairy-free chocolate chips, check out the Enjoy Life brand.