Decadent Fudge Brownies

I think baking brownies can be somewhat intimidating to people. Cookies? No problem. Cupcakes? Yea we got that….but brownies? Don’t you have to melt chocolate and stuff for that? Yea…not for these ones! These brownies are almost as easy as making them from the box. And they taste a million times better, have real ingredients, and nothing questionable. They are so chocolately and delicious. Perfect will a cold glass of milk for dessert…

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 According to my menu I posted yesterday, stir fry was up next on the list, but that is boring, and I wanted to share our dessert with you guys instead! These are so simple and delicious, I can’t wait for you to try them! For the milk I used almond milk, but you can use any type you want. I believe you can easily make them gluten-free by substituting Bob’s gf flour or maybe even almond flour? (no promises with that one!) They can be made vegan by using almond milk and flax seeds instead of an egg. fudge-brownie-recipe.jpg

If you want a thicker brownie they can be made in an 8×8 baking dish, but they will need to be baked for 10-15 minutes longer.  They are so rich and delicious that you only need a small bite to satisfy your chocolate craving. And they are SO much healthier than most brownie recipes.IMG_6991

These brownies are easy to make, and a much better option compared to the boxed versions. For instance, Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Box contains:

Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour [Enriched With Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Malted Barley Flour), Powdered Sugar (Sugar, Corn Starch), Cocoa Powder Processed With Alkali, Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Salt, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate).chewy-fudge-brownie-recipe

 

The first ingredient is sugar, meaning that is the most abundant ingredient. These (and many other boxed brownies) contain hydrogenated oil. Which is a trans fat- meaning linked to causing heart disease, cardiovascular problems due to an increase in cholesterol. And the FDA has banned them in our foods…and they will (eventually) be taken out. Hopefully. At least the government is recognizing trans fats are not safe, I guess it’s one step in the right direction. A small one. The brownie mix also contains artifical flavor…read, anything we want to add. And the algae extracted carrageenan. Yea, totally a normal ingredient. I talk more about hydrogenated oils here, in my post about peanut butters. And natural and artificial flavors here, What is in my protein bar?!

So…Just make them yourself! It’s easy! And then they don’t taste like chocolate flavored oil, they don’t leave a big oily stain on your napkin, and they don’t give you high cholesterol….but most importantly of all, you know EXACTLY what is going into them. And I’m pretty sure most of us don’t have a bottle of carrageenan sitting in our cupboard…because if anyone did, it would probably be me.

So next time you want to whip up a batch of brownies, try this recipe instead of reaching for the box. You probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard, if not they are available at most grocery stores! Boyfriend .jpg

But be careful! My boyfriend is such a sneak that he eats only the chocolate chip parts! Even though I told him there were chocolate chips throughout them, he thought it was necessary to cut out the parts with extra chocolate chips. Jeepers, worse than a little kid!

 

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Peanut Butter Fro-Yo

I love ice-cream, all summer long! Here is an easy, healthy alternative to store bought ice-cream. Yummy, peanut-buttery goodness.
Peanut Butter Fro YoAfter 2-3 hours in the freezer it should be good to go! Top with chocolate chips, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, whipped cream…well…really any of your favorite toppings will do!

Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Healthy Cookies? What an oxymoron, but wait! I’m serious. These cookies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast. and lunch. And they taste fantastic, even my mom thought so, and she is quite the healthy food critic. I don’t consider this recipe and indulgent recipe like others I have posted…The Russian Tea Cookies and Indulgent Sea Salt Caramel Cookies, because they are actually quite healthy! And! These cookies are just as gooey, soft, and delicious as their not-so-healthy counterparts.

This recipe was originally adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie. My cookies came out looking quite different than hers. Maybe because I subbed a couple of different ingredients, or I didn’t blend my oat flour long enough, or prolly because she is MUCH more of an experienced “healthy dessert baker” and I barely know what I’m doing. They still tasted so good, I wanna go make more. right now.

Healthy ChocChip*You can buy oat flour in most grocery or health food stores. Or just make your own by blending rolled or steel cut oats in a food processor until they have a flour-like consistency.

P1090537You can flatten out the cookies before you bake them so they are more cookie-like and less…umm…round? Mine kind of turned out like lumps, but believe me they tasted like chocolatey bites of heaven.

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Enjoy! If you could make an indulgent recipe healthier, which one would it be?!