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Chocolate Chip Brownies

One thing i have always been intimidated to bake from scratch is brownies (and pie crust, but that’s another story for another time). I have always resorted to making brownies from a nice boxed mix where all I need to add is eggs and some oil.  I did make black bean brownies from scratch once, but I have never made those proper ooey, gooey brownies.

I finally decided it was time for me to step out of my brownie comfort zone and make them from scratch.  After a bit of trial and error, I finally found a delicious recipe that resulted in gooey brownies that weren’t too sweet and weren’t too dry and stuck to the pan.  Brownie success!

Now if I could only get enough confidence to tackle that pie crust…

Chocolate Chip Brownies (adapted from this recipe)

Chocolate Chip brownies


1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp fine salt

½ cup maple syrup

½ cup almond milk

¼ cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg (to make vegan, use an egg substitute)

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Pre-heat your oven to 350F.  Spray an 8×8 square baking pan with cooking oil.

2. Add your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl.  Stir together until well blended.

3. In a smaller bowl, add your egg, almond milk, maple syrup, water and vanilla.  Beat until well blended.  Slowly fold your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and continue to mix well.  Add the chocolate chips.

4.  Pour your brownie batter into your baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Enjoy your brownie with some ice cream or just by itself.


Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve!  Hopefully by now you have done all your Christmas shopping, finished your baking, and are ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy the holiday.

If you are still in the need of one more Christmas treat or need to bring something to a Christmas Day breakfast/brunch/lunch tomorrow, this Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffin Recipe from Nigella Lawson is sure to be a big hit!  I’ve already had a couple of the muffins (for quality control of course) and can’t wait to share them at our Christmas breakfast.

Screen Shot 2012-12-23 at 1.45.14 PMChocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins (adapted from this recipe)

*Makes 12 muffins


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips for sprinkling
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners or spray the inside of a muffin tin so the muffins do not stick.

Put flour, baking powder, cocoa, baking soda and the 3/4 semi-sweet chocolate chips in a large bowl and mix well.  Slowly fold in your wet ingredients (egg, vanilla, almond milk and sunflower oil) and continue to mix.  The batter should be a bit on the lumpy side.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin (or paper liners) and sprinkle the 1/4 cup white chocolate chips on top.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the muffins from the tin, let them cool and enjoy.

Merry Christmas!