Why you shouldn't eat boxed brownies- And an easy homemade alternative!
will a cold glass of milk for dessert...
These are so simple and delicious, I can't wait for you to try them! For the milk I used almond milk, but you can use any type you want. I believe you can easily make them gluten-free by substituting Bob's gf flour or maybe even almond flour? (no promises with that one!) They can be made vegan by using almond milk and flax seeds instead of an egg.
If you want a thicker brownie they can be made in an 8x8 baking dish, but they will need to be baked for 10-15 minutes longer. They are so rich and delicious that you only need a small bite to satisfy your chocolate craving. And they are SO much healthier than most brownie recipes.
These brownies are easy to make, and a much better option compared to the boxed versions. For instance, Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Box contains:
Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour [Enriched With Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Malted Barley Flour), Powdered Sugar (Sugar, Corn Starch), Cocoa Powder Processed With Alkali, Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Salt, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate).
The first ingredient is sugar, meaning that is the most abundant ingredient. These (and many other boxed brownies) contain hydrogenated oil. Which is a trans fat- meaning linked to causing heart disease, cardiovascular problems due to an increase in cholesterol. And the FDA has banned them in our foods...and they will (eventually) be taken out. Hopefully. At least the government is recognizing trans fats are not safe, I guess it's one step in the right direction. A small one. The brownie mix also contains artifical flavor...read, anything we want to add. And the algae extracted carrageenan. Yea, totally a normal ingredient. I talk more about hydrogenated oils here, in my post about peanut butters. And natural and artificial flavors here, What is in my protein bar?!
So...Just make them yourself! It's easy! And then they don't taste like chocolate flavored oil, they don't leave a big oily stain on your napkin, and they don't give you high cholesterol....but most importantly of all, you know EXACTLY what is going into them. And I'm pretty sure most of us don't have a bottle of carrageenan sitting in our cupboard...because if anyone did, it would probably be me.
So next time you want to whip up a batch of brownies, try this recipe instead of reaching for the box. You probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard, if not they are available at most grocery stores!
But be careful! My boyfriend is such a sneak that he eats only the chocolate chip parts! Even though I told him there were chocolate chips throughout them, he thought it was necessary to cut out the parts with extra chocolate chips. Jeepers, worse than a little kid!