It’s summertime! Time to bend the rules a little (except for keeping a clean diet — that rule ultimately isn’t fun to break, and who wants to set themselves back after working so hard to make progress? Health comes first!).

We’re not advocating extremes, we just want you to get out there and have a little fun. Throw caution to the wind: Eat dessert first! 

We know, that’s probably pretty out of character for you. But when you try this moist, delectable, extra fudgy brownie recipe, we think you’ll be on board.

The best part is, you’re not even being naughty! Gnom-Gnom has managed to make magic out of a mere five ingredients: unsalted grass-fed butter (or coconut oil), xylitol (or coconut sugar), cocoa powderkosher salteggs*, and almond flour (sea salt as an optional garnish). Total prep and cooking time is only 35 minutes, so you can get right to the good stuff in a hurry. Life can be hard; sometimes you get to treat yourself. And what a treat these are…

We’ve included them as part of our picnic series because there are few things better on a warm summer night than a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine, some fireflies dancing through the air, and a dish of delicious brownies. Go ahead, give it a try (even if it’s a school night).


* To make a vegan version of this recipe, try substituting the eggs with aquafaba (garbanzo bean water)