You may be noticing a trend here. I scout out healthy versions of my favourite treats: cookies, muffins and now brownies.
I rarely eat brownies because they pack a big calorie punch and are high in fat & refined sugar. The problem is; I really like brownies. They are so good when warmed up with some frozen yogurt on top. Well, I found a great healthy brownie recipe that will let you have your brownie, and eat it too. The ingredients are simple, and I even made my own egg.
I adapted the recipe from (never home) maker, and they are so good!
½ cup of whole wheat flour
2/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/3 cup of rolled oats
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp grapeseed or coconut oil
½ cup of maple syrup
3 ripe bananas mashed
1 flax egg (instructions below) or one regular egg
1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract
½ cup of dark chocolate chips
½ cup of unsweetened coconut (no sulphites)
Spray an 8 inch pan with coconut oil cooking spray or use melted coconut oil and brush on.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
To make your flax egg: combine 1 tbsp of ground flax seed with 3 tbsp of water. Put in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well, and set aside to cool (its ok if still warm when you add it in)
In a large bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients: ww flour, cocoa powder, oats, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mash your bananas with a fork. Stir in the rest of your wet ingredients: oil, maple syrup, flax egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well. When everything is combined, stir in your chocolate chips & coconut. The batter will appear really wet, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Pop them in the oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes. I stuck a toothpick in the centre after 20 minutes (our oven is really hot), and it came out wet, but the top was cooked. Don’t worry – just let them sit in the pan out of the oven until cool and they will be perfect.
I would recommend eating one warm out of the oven, and top with a scoop or 2 of frozen yogurt. Or, eat them cold right out of the fridge – they taste like truffles or fudge…sooo good.
Note: they freeze really well. Once mine were cooled, I cut them into small squares and put them in a zip-lock freezer bag. They defrost well in the microwave or fridge.
I can’t wait to try this…. you know how much I love brownies 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
My fam said these are the best healthy brownies they’ve tried and that they taste just as good as the bad-for-you ones! Delish!
That’s great to hear! It’s not always easy getting kids to eat healthy, but I’m glad they like the healthy brownies – so much better than the alternative that is loaded with sugar, butter & white flour. Keep it up!