Paula Recommends …Gluten Free Chocolate Walnut Brownies

This sweet treat is chock full of healthy fats (walnuts and olive oil) phytochemicals (dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup) fiber, protein, and deliciousness while keeping added sugar to a minimum. Plus, they are dairy and gluten free.
– Paula Meyer, Mission Training Center Nutritionist 

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
8 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao) chopped
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄2 teaspoon coarse salt
2/3 cup almond flour
1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Brush an 8-inch square baking pan with oil. Line with parchment, leaving overhang. Brush parchment with oil
3. Melt half of chocolate in a heatproof bowl; whisk in oil, sugar and syrup. Remove from heat.
4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, then cocoa, baking soda and salt
5. Fold in flour and remaining chocolate
6. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with walnuts
7. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes
8. Let cool completely on a wire rack
9. To serve, cut into 16 2-inch squares

Nutrition information: per serving (1 brownie): 206 calories, 16g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 17 carbs, 3g protein, 2 g fiber.