Almond Butter Brownies
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup softened almond butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey or agave
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper or grease well, and set aside.
Process the oats in a blender or food processor until very fine, then add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out with a spatula or another sheet of parchment.
If desired, press some chocolate chips into the top.
Bake 15 minutes on the center rack – they will look underdone when you take them out, but this is okay. Let them sit at least a 1/2-hour if you want them extra gooey, or let them sit overnight for the perfect firm-yet-soft brownies.