super-rich mocha bacon brownies

Bacon. Fatty, salty, crunchy, chewy. Is everything better with bacon? Not so sure. I made brownies for cottage weekend in an attempt to demonstrate that paleo can be fun - hey, look - sure we aren't eating cheese or bread, but we're still fun, we made brownies WITH BACON...uhh...no flour or sugar, but bacon, lots of bacon!

These flourless mocha bacon brownies are from my current obsession, Practical Paleo. The overall assessment was 'woah, those are rich' but they were all eaten fairly quickly. Although the bacon made us seem fun-loving, I wouldn't use it again - it was chewy in a way that I just don't want my brownie to chew. Bleck.

flourless mocha bacon brownies
from Practical Paleo

4 oz dark chocolate, melted & cooled
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted & cooled
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp very strong coffee
2 tbsp fine coffee grinds
2 slices bacon, chopped

Preheat oven to 375F.

In bowl, combine chocolate, coconut oil, maple syrup and eggs. Sift cocoa powder over wet ingredients, whisking evenly. Add strong coffee and grinds, stir.

Line 9-inch square pan with parchment paper, fill pan with brownie batter. Top with bacon pieces and bake for about 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in centre comes clean.

Once cool, slice and eat!