Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A "Healthified" Pinterest Brownie

Happy Hump Day!

I don't know about anyone else, but I've got a serious chocolate obsession. Sometimes, I don't feel like making a whole pan of brownies, so Pinterest has become my go-to place to find fast, easy brownies. I have actually found a winner that is so easy to make that I have it memorized.

 If you can't read that, this is what it boils down to:
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 TBS Canola Oil (I tried olive oil first, but it was VERY rich)
  • 3 TBS Water
Mix dry ingredients, Add Wet ingredients, stir well. Cook for 1 minute 45 seconds. Add ice cream if you choose.

I've been known to dress this up with nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips. Very tasty noms.

That being said, I said that I was going to show off a "Healthified" version of this same recipe (I said I liked to dress it up and change it, right?).

I did this: 
  • 1/4 Cup SPELT Flour
  • 1/4 100% Maple Syrup
  • 2 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 TBS Water.
Mix as directed above (Actually, I mixed the flour, cocoa, and salt before adding the maple syrup). I did only add two tablespoons of water when I made it, but I felt it was a little dry.

As for taste, because of the spelt, it was a little bit more chewy, and it wasn't AS sweet as with the regular granulated sugar, but honestly, I didn't feel as sick as I normally do after eating this brownie (the sucker is humongous!), which was DEFINITELY a plus. If I wanted to make it a Sundae, but keep the healthy thing going, I would use banana soft serve. 

If you've never had banana soft serve, it's as easy as it could possibly be. Freeze a very ripe banana and pulse it in the food processor until it's got a soft serve consistency. I usually add some peanut butter because peanut butter and banana is amazing. My mom and sis LOVE this, but my dad not so much. I just love how easy it is. I wouldn't try to blend it in a regular blender. Mine is a Signature Gourmet from Walgreens, and it has issues with blending frozen foods without massive amounts of liquid in it (as I discovered trying to make a green smoothie yesterday). If you have a BlendTec, Ninja, NutriBullet, or VitaMix, blend away, otherwise, use a high powered food processor (We got ours at the Goodwill for $9, and it works so well for everything!). 

Have a brownie and get through your week. We can almost see Friday! Have a good one, peeps!

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