Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
We love brownies in our house, and there aren't too many ways to go wrong when making them. Brownies have to be the number one recipe on the internet next to chocolate chip cookies, but the ingredients are what is truly going to make these stand out from the others.
About 4 years ago, we went sugar free and dropped all processed foods from our diet one at a time. So desserts like cookies, brownies, and pies were among the first items to be cut from our routine. It was sad, but once you learn the truth about what is truly in our regular everyday food items like white sugar and white flour, it's hard to ever look at food the same.
Honestly, it was my first pregnancy that made me make that initial decision. I was diagnosed with something at the end of that pregnancy that could have been fatal to the small baby growing inside me due to the ingredients in the food I was eating, and I would have been considered a very healthy eater. I had to make some big changes and fast in order to spare his life.
The first thing I was told was no more refined sugar, refined flour, or processed foods. It sounded crazy at first, and it was very, very hard to do, but it definitely nailed one thing down very clearly... what we eat is critically important to our health. But suffice to say, here we are over 5 years later, and no processed foods is a no-brainer. I don't miss it in the least, because I have discovered some amazing recipes like the one I'm sharing with you today. Let's get to it!
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About 9 large brownies.
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup oats (blended)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 + 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8x8 square baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all of your dry ingredients except the oats.
- Blend the oats in a blender until powdered before adding them to your mixing bowl.
- I suggest melting the peanut butter and honey in a separate bowl together in the microwave for about 30 seconds first and then pour them into your mixing bowl.
- Then add vanilla, applesauce, and the egg to your bowl, mixing in between.
- Finally, add in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
- Pour the whole mixture into your prepared dish and spread evenly.
- Then top your brownies with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
- Pop them into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
- Pull out and let cool on the stove before cutting.
- When ready, pull your brownies out by the parchment paper and cut on the counter.
Who says brownies have to be for dessert?! With this recipe, you won't have to worry about calories anymore because this yummy treat is good for you! Honey, peanut butter, eggs, applesauce.... yum!
There's nothing like a bowl of hot fudge brownies and vanilla ice cream either. By cooking clean eating recipes like this one for double fudge brownies, I never have to worry about what my family is eating and we don't have to avoid any particular kind of food. I can let my toddler eat these any time of day knowing that he's getting good ingredients.
Granted, this doesn't mean that we eat nothing but goodies around here all day long, but we could! Try out a few of my other great recipes to feed your family well, and if you find some less than healthy ingredients in your recipes, just substitute out for better ingredients. Use coconut sugar for any kind of sugar, real butter for margarine, coconut oil for shortening, and pink Himalayan salt for table salt, and you'll have yourself a deliciously healthy treat.