May 11, 2011

Irresistible Brownies

I can't explain it. Sometimes I feel like I HAVE to have chocolate. Last night was one of those nights. No, I'm not on "evil". (Mr. Sideline Chef's cutesy name for Mother Nature's visit.) I'm sure the craving for brownies came about after scanning through my Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook and realizing that it was the ONLY recipe in the cookbook that I had all of the ingredients on hand to make. It was meant to happen. These brownies wanted to be made.

Brownies don't make an appearance in our house often for one reason and one reason only... I have NO willpower when a pan of hot-out-of-the-oven brownies are made. I will eat the entire pan without shame. I knowingly make brownies with the understanding that I will be throwing all of my sweat sessions and "diet" plans out the window. I self sabotage willingly. Shamelessly.

"These are diet brownies so I can feel less guilty about eating the entire pan," I tell Mr. Sideline Chef.

"Will you at least save me these two brownies?" He says pointing to the last two brownies in the last row before I went back for them.

Sure enough, this morning the evidence of the empty brownie pan sits on the counter with only the crumbs and knife left and my jeans a little bit tighter in the waist. Worth every bite.

Makes 8 Servings

Stars of the Show:
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
And Action:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8"x8" or 9"x9" baking pan  with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Combine the brown sugar, oil, egg and egg white, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. The batter will be stiff.

Spread the batter in a thin layer in the baking pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until the edges are firm and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. Place pan on a rack to cool. Cut into 8 bars.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
MUFA: Walnuts
Calories: 305
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Fat: 22 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 26 mg
Sodium: 73 mg
Fiber: 2 g

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Ang said...

I use whole wheat flour quite a bit. I wonder if that would be an ok substitute for the white flour? I guess there's only one way to find out:)

Pretend Chef said...

Ang - I haven't done much baking with whole wheat flour but would love to incorporate it more. If yo do try it you'll have to tell me how you liked them.

Lizzy said...

Brownies in the Flat Belly Cookbook??? Excellent! They look scrumptious :)

Kari said...

I use whole wheat flour for EVERYTHING. Doesn't seem to make much difference in baking or cooking anything.

Pretend Chef said...

Lizzy - You should see some of the desserts in the Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook... amazing! The serving sizes seem large but are all around 400 calories. A tasty but healthier lifestyle!

Kari - Thank you so much for your input.

Anonymous said...

These brownies look wonderful! Just stopping by to thank you for your kind comment on my post on Brandie's blog today. I have enjoyed checking out your blog as well and some wonderful recipes I found here!

Giulietta@Alterkitchen said...

Look: a shower of awards for you

Pretend Chef said...

Judy - I can't wait to make that cake. It's on the must make list. Thank you!

Giulietta - I will be sure to check it out. Thank you!

Carolyn said...

Wow, these certainly look and sound great for "diet" brownies!!!

Lisa said...

Mmm, irresistible is right. No one can ever turn down chocolate!

Courtney said...

Great, now I'm craving chocolate!!! YUM!!

Pretend Chef said...

Ladies - No need to wait for a chocolate craving to hit. They're in a "diet" book. Make them now! Haha!

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