Yesterday I wanted to test out a recipe for valentines day brownies. Since each Tuesday is our Community Wellness staff meeting at Kishwaukee hospital, I thought it would be a perfect test panel of 10. It seemed to get rave reviews and many are going to make it for their valentine.
4 tablespoons butter (or 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons butter)
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (for best antioxidants use natural not the Dutch processed)
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I substituted Spelt – it has a bit more protein and is easier to digest)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (you could reduce this to a pinch or two)
1 cup sugar (the sugar I choose was 1/2 cup Sucunat and 1/2 cup Florida Crystals – for my family I probably would go for 1 cup Sucuant but it may have a more granular texture – I just love the molasses taste)
2/3 cup sweet-potato or squash puree (available in organic in cans at Duck Soup and HyVee)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla up to 1 tablespoon
- Heat oven to 350 and butter an 8 inch pan (pie plate or square)
- In saucepan melt fat. Remove from heat and mix in cocoa – cool a bit.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- Stir together sugar, puree, egg and vanilla. Then mix into the cocoa mixture – blend well.
- Add all of this to the flour mixture and stir until flour has disappeared.
- Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake 20 to 23 minutes – you will smell the brownies (a good sign to check them) To be sure they are ready insert a tip of a knife and if just a few crumbs stick it is done. Cool and enjoy with your favorite valentine.
You know cooking is LOVE — so share some love today!
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