Not quite a cookie, but not yet a cake, there's something completely satisfying about a brownie. Whether you like them dense and fudgy, or light and cakey, there's a healthy recipe for you here. And we've thought of everything; look for recipes that are vegan, raw, gluten-free, and absent of refined sugars, too.
Sometimes, only a decadent chocolate fix will do; that's where these brownies come into play. While they're not exactly guilt-free, nutritionist Cynthia Sass created these vegan spinach brownies to help you add a few nutrients to your dessert. Mixing in almond flour increases the protein and healthy fat content of these vegan brownies, and the secret ingredient, spinach, adds antioxidants (also found in the dark chocolate chips), iron, vitamin A, calcium, and other nutrients, as well. And since these vegan brownies taste just as delicious as a traditional brownie, they'll be a hit with anyone and everyone.
Over the weekend, there's nothing better than baking up some tasty treats — especially when they've been given a healthy twist. Whether you love cookies, brownies, or muffins, the latest batch of recipes from the FitSugar Healthy Recipe community group will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth!
No-Bake Trail Mix Cookies
OK, this recipe is a total win, because you don't even have to turn on the oven — perfect for those hot Summer days! Made from only five ingredients, these gluten-free, vegan cookies contain quinoa, making them a protein powerhouse.
Dark Chocolate Brownies
These might not be low-cal, but they are rich in antioxidants and fiber and contain much less sugar and fat than you'd find in a traditional brownie recipe. There's also black beans hidden in them — which you won't even taste! — so let's hear it for the extra protein boost.
Wait — there's more! Check out some delicious-tasting coconut muffins and Paleo banana bread after the break!
FitSugar reader For the Love of Fiber offers vegan, gluten-free, and kid-friendly energy bars inspired by the Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream flavor. She shared it with us in our Healthy Recipe group in the Fit Community.
Chunky Monkey Super Omega-3 Energy Bars
Makes 12 bars
- 1 ripe banana
- 12 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup milled flaxseed
- ¼ cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate chunks
- 1 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
See the full recipe after the break!
Brownies are one of my all-time favorite desserts. Although they're not as celebratory as a layer cake or as glamorous as profiteroles or as elegant as crème brûlée, there's something about brownies that makes them special. A square of rich chocolate brownie that melts in your mouth is sheer perfection!
I love trying out different brownie recipes, and my current obsession is this method from Nick Malgieri's Bake! In terms of brownie recipes, it's on the more complicated side: the batter has to be mixed for 10 minutes. However, the extra effort is rewarding — the resulting brownies are amazing.
They have a wonderful cracked top, fudgey melt-in-your mouth center, and crumbly sugary texture. Growing up, my dad always added half a bag of chocolate chips to his brownie batter, so now I do the same. The extra chocolate makes these brownies that much more delectable! You gotta bake them. Here's the recipe.
What's better than brownies? Why, My Fare Foodie's fleur de sel caramel and browned-butter brownies!Brownies with the volume turned up with salted caramel and browned butter!
I am currently obsessed with Bon Appetit's brown butter brownie recipe and made them for another dinner party! They are super easy to make ahead and this time I used walnuts and even threw in a quarter cup of quality chocolate chips. For a new take on the presentation, I cut the brownies into bite-sized pieces and then used my 1-inch tablespoon stainless scoop (I usually use it for cookie dough) for the ice cream. For just a little more interest, I shaved some 70% cocoa Venezuelan chocolate across the top. The result was perfect everyone quickly gobbled up all of the mini brownie bites with a fight for the last one! Always a sign of a successful dessert. I think if I was to do again, I might make the mini scoop ahead of time and the refreeze them since the ice cream had started to melt by the last one.
The Super Bowl is this weekend, and it's time to start thinking about a menu! Whether you're having a crowd over or simply watching the game with a significant other, it's fun to make a special meal packed with game day eats. To inspire you, I've scoured through all of our recipes and come up with a winning menu. It has got two dips, a hearty sandwich, and a decadent dessert, so start clicking for the recipes.
When I heard that yesterday was National Brownie Day, I remembered the email that's burning a hole in my inbox. It's from a friend's mom; she swears the recipe produces the best brownies ever, but I haven't made them yet. Why? Because it has walnuts on the ingredient list. When it comes to brownies, I'm a purist and prefer them without any nuts. How about you?
Between planning a Halloween costume and cooking for a pre-going-out dinner, you probably don't have much time to make an elaborate dessert. That's why you shouldn't be ashamed to take some help from the grocery store and make brownies out of a box. However, be sure to jazz them up with cream cheese and give them a fabulous themed name like "scream cheese swirl brownies."
Follow this quick, easy, and foolproof recipe and none of your guests will know you didn't make the brownies from scratch. Throw in your favorite Halloween candy and you'll have a complete dessert spread in a matter of minutes. Check out the recipe here.