December 4, 2014 22

Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt

Gluten-free, dairy-free, healthyish pomegranate brownies.
Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt | Healthyish pomegranate brownies sprinkled with cacao nibs and sea salt. Dairy-free, gluten-free brownies. Easy, tried and true brownies.

It’s been gloomy and overcast.

With a wintry mix for what feels like an eternity.

November was very dreary for me on all accounts.

We’re still wondering when we’ll move. Where we’ll move? All of these unknowns are hard. Which of course is a source of anxiety. Living in limbo is challenging. And I couldn’t be any happier that it’s a brand new month with some fresh new vibes and new energy. And finally! Today! The sun is shining and I’m headed out to enjoy it. So I’ll keep this short and sweet for you.

These pomegranate brownies perfectly chewy. And tried and true. They’re sprinkled with cacao nibs  sea salt and pomegranates for that soft and sweet and a little bit salty and all the ways perfect. They’re merry, bright and festive enough without totally being like it’s Christmassss unless you’re going for that. I’m not totally ready for full on holiday vibes yet, so these pomegranate brownies are easing me into the holiday season.

Here are a few things I’m into right now.

I am totally obsessed with Tattly. Will somebody buy these veggie tattoos for me, please?

I have been reading Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil and it’s radically improving the quality of my life. Sad, happy, content or otherwise, I think everyone should own a copy of this book.

Laura has some beautiful words on embracing the holiday season that you might want to read. And also a healthy bowl of goodness.

And Alanna made a crispy, gluten-free pizza with brussels sprouts on it. This is something I want to eat this for every meal right now.

I’m sending all of you love and light and good health and lots of peace this holiday season.

Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt | Healthyish pomegranate brownies sprinkled with cacao nibs and sea salt. Dairy-free, gluten-free brownies. Easy, tried and true brownies.

Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt | Healthyish pomegranate brownies sprinkled with cacao nibs and sea salt. Dairy-free, gluten-free brownies. Easy, tried and true brownies.

Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt | Healthyish pomegranate brownies sprinkled with cacao nibs and sea salt. Dairy-free, gluten-free brownies. Easy, tried and true brownies.

Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt | Healthyish pomegranate brownies sprinkled with cacao nibs and sea salt. Dairy-free, gluten-free brownies. Easy, tried and true brownies.

Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serves 12 brownies

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the oil, cane sugar, cacao powder, salt, vanilla and eggs.

Then add in the flour and mix slowly and gently until smooth. Do not over mix, this may result in a dryer batter.

The batter will be thick, spoon it into the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs. Bake for about 40 minutes. To test for doneness, the edges should be hard and formed and a toothpick into the center should come out slightly wet.

Sprinkle the brownies with flake salt and allow them to cool completely in the pan before cutting. This step is very important. 

Recipe Notes

I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. Gluten-free flours can be tricky, and I cannot stand by other substitutions. 

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22 Responses to "Pomegranate Brownies with Cacao Nibs + Sea Salt"

  1. Reply

    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    December 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    These look delicious! Love that you used pom seeds in these to balance all the chocolate!

  2. Reply

    jaime

    December 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    These are gorgeous, Sherrie! The idea of them (pomegranate + chocolate, whoa), their lovely looks, the beautiful pictures you took. The photo of the pomegranate all broken is crazy beautiful.

  3. Reply

    Alanna

    December 5, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    Thank you so much for the pizza shout out – that was the happiest surprise! I’m head-over-heels for these beautiful brownies! I bet the tartness of pomegranates is just perfect with the chocolate. Thanks for the Andrew Weil recommendation, too! I heard him speak earlier this year and just wanted to give him a big hug afterwards. He’s the best. Can’t wait to read his book.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      December 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      He is the best. What an awesome experience, Alanna!

  4. Reply

    Kathryn

    December 5, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    These are some of the most beautiful brownies I’ve ever seen! I love those jewel-like bursts of pomegranate and the combination with chocolate? So good. Happy holidays to you Sherrie!

  5. Reply

    Laura

    December 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Hehe I love it when a treat is festive without being all “It’s Christmaaaaaaas!” Casually festive maybe? This brownie combination is so unusual, but I bet they’re just right in terms of flavour/textural balance. So beautiful too. I can’t wait to check out that book from Andrew Weil. It sounds like my kinda jam. Thanks for the link love too, sweet lady! xo

  6. Reply

    Ellie

    December 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Wow, yum, yes. Give me these now please.

  7. Reply

    kristie {birch and wild}

    December 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Pomegranate in baked goods – I have never tried that. But I am going to. These look so incredible.

  8. Reply

    Emma

    December 8, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    I cant wait to try this recipe!

  9. Reply

    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    December 9, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    I had to pop over and say how delicious these look!

  10. Reply

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    December 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    These look wonderful, Sherrie! Just the right amount of Christmas! xo

  11. Reply

    Joanne

    December 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    These look divine. Just wondering if it’s possible to swap the sugar with something else? I am on a sugar-free diet at present.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      December 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Hi Joanne – unfortunately the sugar makes up for a lot of the texture and consistency. A sugar-free alternative would not work.

  12. Reply

    chocolateaddict

    January 10, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    PHENOMENAL. I made these to satisfy a midnight PMS craving. I didn’t have coconut oil but olive oil was perfect (even though it smelled funny while I mixed it in, the taste was fantastic). I can’t believe these are so healthy. I ate them straight out of the oven even though you said not to! ;)

  13. Reply

    Shayla

    September 9, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    I didn’t read the recipe correctly and added the arils and nibs right into the batter. Do you think this will affect anything?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      September 9, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      Hi Shayla, adding the nibs shouldn’t affect much, but adding the arils might because they would add a lot of moisture. How did the recipe turn out for you? I hope it was a success!

  14. Reply

    Danni

    September 25, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Hi!
    I was wondering what you would reccomend to replace sugar, could maple syrup or honey be used?

    And would this recipe work with Almond flour?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      September 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM

      Hi Danni, I haven’t tested it in this particular recipe {and I should!}, but you could try using 3/4 cup maple syrup for the 1 1/4 cup sugar, and turn the heat down 25 degrees. Please let me know if try this out, and how it goes for you.

  15. Reply

    danielle

    October 21, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    OMG these are amazing. I made them twice in a week as they were so yummy. The second time I used coconut sugar instead of organic cane sugar and they were equally yummy.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      October 22, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      That’s so good to know. I’m glad you enjoy them Danielle!

  16. Reply

    melanie

    November 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Delicious. My familiy loves them, thanks.

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