Shirley is one of the most sincere and supportive people I know, and I was so excited that she loved my brownies. Above is her photo of them, and here is what she has to say:
"You know how I like to test out my favorite bloggers’ recipes? Well, I’ve been eyeing Kelly’s flourless brownies over at her Spunky Coconut blog for a very long time. The thing is they are made of almond butter and/or sunbutter and I had never purchased or even tried either before—until recently. Now I’m a big fan of both almond butter and sunbutter. So I went ahead and made the sacrifice and tested this recipe for you. You can find Kelly’s original recipehere, but I’ll tell you the few changes that I made. I used all sunbutter because we have a support group member who is allergic to almonds. We weren’t having a support group meeting any time soon, but again I thought I’d go ahead and do a test baking session to see if these brownies were a winner. I know … silly to think they might not be … it’s one of Kelly’s recipes after all. All of her recipes are wonderful!
In addition to using all sunbutter, I substituted vanilla extract for the vanilla liquid stevia and added both ¼ cup of coarsely chopped walnuts and 1/8 cup of walnut meal (left over from another recipe). I like the added texture of nuts in many baked goods, but please note that nuts are not an ingredient in Kelly’s recipe so those of you with nut allergies can still enjoy these brownies without nuts. I also used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, whereas Kelly used Enjoy Life chocolate chips to ensure her brownies would be dairy free and soy free, etc. as well as gluten free. Oh, these brownies are just amazing! If you make them, you may never go back to a traditional brownie. They are dense and rich, and not overly sweet. A small piece is all one needs to be perfectly satisfied. Kelly’s version is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, and refined sugar free. When she made them via Skype for our support group meeting last fall, she said that her family often eats them for breakfast. She considers them very healthy and I can see why. She has several variations of flourless brownies on her blog, including this new one that is also egg free, grain free, vegan, and more. I love it when folks create amazing recipes that address multiple allergies and keep others from feeling deprived!"