When a Craving Strikes…

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The BOY made another perfect dinner on the grill tonight.  Man…he has been busy this weekend!  After dinner, he looked at me and asked, ‘What’s for dessert?’

 

Earlier in the week, we had lots of options…Mint Chocolate Thin Mint Truffles, Cake Batter Truffles, chocolate covered Oreos, and cookie butter filled chocolate bars.

 

But sadly it is ALL GONE.  I headed to the pantry to see what we had left.  Unfortunately, since I am heading out of town this week, our pantry is a little scarce.  I threw out a few easy options, but the BOY said he wanted something with chocolate, maybe brownies, but not too many.  I pulled out my recipe binder and started flipping through the pages.  I was about to get to work on some brownies, when I came across this recipe for an individual brownie that I copied from Oxygen Magazine.

 

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I started by chopping up 1 square of Baker’s chocolate because the BOY isn’t a big fan of dark chocolate.

 

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I pulled together the rest of the ingredients and a few minutes later, I had a thick brownie batter.  A taste test revealed the batter had a strong chocolate taste, perfect for me, but I knew it wouldn’t be sweet enough for the BOY.  I added in a few extra chunks of chocolate, and poured my batter into a small individual Pyrex.

 

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To spice things up a little, I added a big dollop of peanut butter in the middle of the batter.

 

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I baked the brownie for 16 minutes.  The edges of the brownie were slightly browned and the peanut butter was ooey and gooey!  Just in case the brownie still wasn’t sweet enough for the BOY, I sprinkled some raw sugar across the top of the brownie, which made it look a little fancy.

 

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This will definitely squash a chocolate craving!!!

 

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I brought the BOY his brownie, which he let cool off for a few minutes.

 

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And I dug into my sweet dessert!  Strangely, I wasn’t feeling chocolate this evening, but truly enjoyed my fresh pineapple.

 

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I definitely tried a taste of the BOY’s brownie before he quickly devoured it.  It is the perfect size for an individual chocolate craving and because it only takes 20 minutes to make with ingredients you keep in the house, you don’t have to plan ahead.  I love how the chocolate and peanut butter just ooze out of the brownie!

 

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Notes for next time: If you are looking for a healthy treat, follow the recipe exactly (or maybe add a spoonful of peanut butter on the top).   There is a strong, rich, chocolate flavor, but without sugar, it is not very sweet.  If you are looking for a sweeter treat, add in a little sugar or use milk chocolate.  Also, have some fun with mix ins and toppings…dried cherries, sea salt, or walnuts would be delish!

 

 

Sinfully Clean Chocolate Brownie

From Oxygen Magazine

Makes 1 serving

 

Ingredients

1 square (7g) dark chocolate
2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch sea salt
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp applesauce
1 tsp honey

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Break up chocolate into small pieces, set aside.
  2. Place dry ingredients, except chocolate pieces, in a large mixing bowl and mix.
  3. Add wet ingredients to bowl and mix to combine. Add in chocolate pieces.
  4. Pour batter into a single-size oven-proof loaf dish and bake for 16 to 18 minutes. Serve.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 151; Total Fats: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Trans Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0g; Sodium: 171mg; Total carbohydrates: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 3g; Iron: 3mg.

5 thoughts on “When a Craving Strikes…

      • Agreed! I grew up eating frozen cookies for some reason (I highly recommend it though) so normally when they are in the freezer I can forget about them. When I don’t is when I run into hot water!

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