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By: Lauren McRae
Impress your sweetie this Valentine’s Day with these Paleo Chocolate Strawberry Brownies by bakerita.com which have no gluten or refined sugars. You’ve got to try these – they’re fresh, fudgy and rich.
Advice from a dietitian:
"This is a good recipe option for someone with a dairy or wheat allergy, celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity," says Alyssa Carlson, Clinical Dietitian Specialist, Department of Clinical Nutrition at NorthShore. "Coconut oil is a great plant-based alternative to butter in baked goods because the saturated fat content is actually higher (90% or 12g per tbsp compared to 64% or 7g per tbsp in butter), which helps to enhance flavor and texture in baked goods.
Saturated fat from any source is closely associated with heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States, so consume it sparingly or in moderation.
While coconut sugar in the recipe is slightly lower on the glycemic index, the calorie content (and therefore overall health effects) are comparable to regular table sugar, so again moderation is key. Strawberries by themselves are low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Pair them with dark chocolate, such as in this recipe, or a lower calorie option like dark chocolate-covered strawberries for tasty boost of antioxidants and magnesium."