Craving Salty Turtle Sundae
Have you ever really had a craving for something super specific? Like you know exactly what will satisfy your sweet tooth and nothing else will do the job? That’s how I feel about Salty Turtle Sundaes. The combination of flavors just hit the spot sometimes! Salty Turtle Sundaes are a must have at our favorite family restaurant. We have been having them since I was young and it is the perfect combination of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy, rich and light. It is the simplest of sundaes: vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and salty pecans. Simple and so dang delicious.
Brownies For Dessert
What is your favorite dessert? Mine is probably a tie between cheesecake and a brownie sundae. Those two never fail. Take either of those dessert basics and pair it with the Salty Turtle flavors of chocolate, caramel, and pecans and you have a dessert winner!
Brownies are usually of the box variety in our household so it was an adventure looking for a good homemade brownie recipe. For Valentine’s Day, I made Ina’s Salted Caramel Brownies and (obviously) they were delicious. They also included A LOT of butter, A LOT of sugar, and A LOT of flour. But still so delicious. After making Ina’s brownies from scratch, I really wanted to work on this baking thing a bit more and create a brownie that didn’t require so much butter, sugar, or flour.
Flourless Salty Turtle Brownies
Brownies are a hot topic. Everyone has a preference: cakey, fudgey, chewy, plain, embellished–so many options! I thought long and hard about my preference and I really like brownies that are a blend between cakey and chewy. I also wanted to incorporate my favorite sundae toppings to this delicious brownie.
After some recipe testing (and taste testing…a lot of it) I found the right combo of rich, chocolatey, cakey, salty turtle-y deliciousness. This flourless brownie isn’t exactly healthy but it is gentler on the stomach than those sweet treats loaded with tons of flour, sugar, and butter.
Another hot topic is nutrition. I’m sure you say “How can you eat brownies and still be healthy?!” Well, two things: moderation and homemade. Be smart and enjoy sweet treats in moderation. Secondly, if you crave it, MAKE IT. That’s the rule. Make those sweet treats from scratch and you may find that: a). you can make it healthier than store bought or packaged mixes, b). you may not want it after you think about all the effort you need to go through! What are you always craving? Try using the rule: CRAVE it? MAKE it!
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped raw pecan pieces
- 2 tbsp caramel sauce (I used Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel)
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9x9" baking pan with coconut oil spray or baking spray.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together eggs, coconut oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
- In separate bowl, combine cocoa powder, baking powder, and instant coffee.
- Fold in dry ingredients to egg mixture until full combined.
- Add chocolate chips and fold into mixture.
- Spread mixture in baking pan in one smooth layer. Sprinkle pecans evenly over mixture.
- Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from over and let cool completely.
- Once cooled, place caramel sauce in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 10 seconds until liquid.
- Drizzle caramel sauce with a spoon over brownies.
- Immediately sprinkle a sea salt over the top of the brownies.
- Cut into squares and enjoy.