By Esther Boateng
You won’t find any scary ingredients with hard to pronounce names in these gooey bites of deliciousness. Made with Winter Squash powder, a hint of pumpkin spice, and a variety of other ingredients to satisfy even the sweetest tooth, they make the perfect treat for Halloween. If you’re not familiar with buttercup brownies, fear not, they’re like the popular snack, almond buttercups, but they’re made in the form of a brownie instead of pure chocolate.
Use your favorite nut butter to make the filling, plus some sprouted, raw almonds, coconut butter, Winter Squash powder, and vanilla essence; pop it in the center of your brownies and let them bake to perfection. The squash powder, coconut butter, and bee pollen add a hint of sweetness to the filling. Try mixing some hemp seeds into the nut butter filling for an extra nutrition boost. Providing your additional ingredient(s) doesn’t significantly change the consistency of the filling, it’ll probably be a winner.
Almond Buttercup Brownies with Pumpkin Spice
1/2 cup almonds or 1 Tbsp. of your favorite nut butter
2 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Winter Squash Powder
1/4 tsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Turmeric Powder
- 2 tsp. pumpkin spice powder
- 2 Tbsp. raw coconut butter
- 1 Tbsp. sweetener of choice, or to taste
- 1 tsp. bee pollen granules (optional)
- 1 tsp, hemp seeds (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup flour or flour blend
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. pumpkin spice powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Dr. Cowan’s Garden A2/A2 Ghee, melted
- 1.5 cups maple syrup or sweetener of choice
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cacao powder
2 heaping Tbsp. applesauce or pumpkin puree
1 tsp. instant coffee powder (optional)
- 1 apple (optional)
Ingredients for Nut Butter Filling:
Ingredients for Brownies:
- Grind the almonds in a coffee grinder for a few seconds. Transfer them into a bowl. If using almond butter, add to bowl.
- Stir in Winter Squash powder, Turmeric powder, pumpkin spice powder, raw coconut butter, sweetener, bee pollen (optional), hemp seeds (optional) and salt. Combine until the mixture looks like a paste.
- Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and divide into roughly equal size balls. Press into medallion shapes, and place on a plate.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease a muffin tray.
Sift flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice powder, and salt into a bowl.
In another bowl, combine melted butter, sweetener, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture.
Stir in the cacao powder, coffee powder, and applesauce or pumpkin puree.
Scoop roughly a teaspoon of the brownie mixture into each muffin case, and smooth it out with a spatula.
Place the nut butter medallions in the center of each muffin.
Scoop a small amount of the brownie mixture on each muffin top and ensure the nut butter filling is completely covered. If necessary, smooth the top with a spatula, or use your fingers.
Place the tray in the oven and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
They are ready to serve when they have cooled down.
If you don’t have applesauce, peel and dice an apple and place it in a saucepan with some water. Let it gently simmer for up to 15-20 minutes. Remove the water, and mash it up to make applesauce.