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Chewy Chocolate Brownie Delight

Updated on September 25, 2014

Cacao dark chocolate

It's in the Chocolate

Starting a good brownie recipe begins with the best chocolate. Dark chocolate has many heart healthy benefits. The chocolate I am talking about is at least 65% organic cacao powder. It is loaded with anti-oxidants, and flavonoids that protect us from free radical damage. It also aids in relaxing blood vessels. I once craved chocolate and asked my doctor about it. His answer was, you must be low in magnesium. He said chocolate "is loaded with magnesium", and one of the richest sources is found in organic chocolate. In this way my body was alerting me as to a nutrient I was essentially lacking. It can improve blood flow to the brain, and in turn “lift our moods” by helping to release endorphins. Which brings me to the next ingredient and that is caffeine. If caffeine keeps you up at night, it is not a good idea to eat it late. If its energy you are after, this is the perfect way to indulge. Well you know, with all things, moderation is the key.

Crazy for nuts...

A much needed nutrient

If you are like me and need the extra magnesium, women should try for 310 mg, and men around 400mg daily. Nuts are a great way to increase your magnesium levels. Try sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts, almonds and cashews.

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Preparation and baking

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered chocolate, organic cacao chocolate
  • 4 eggs whipped, in a separate bowl
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 6 squares baking chocolate, unsweetened
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla, pure

Melting the chocolate squares and butter

Using a glass or metal pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 pan. It can be glass or metal.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the butter and the chocolate squares until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla and the whipped eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cocoa and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture. Mix in the chopped walnuts.

Optional

 
 
 
Coconut
1 cup
Add to batter while preparing
Chopped walnuts
1/2 cup
sprinkle over top of batter prior to baking.
Confectionary sugar
1 tablespoon
Sift powdered sugar on top

Tips

  • Toast the walnuts on a large sheet pan for 5 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the internal color becomes a light tan in color. Add to the batter for an extra crunch.
  • Aluminum foil can be used to shield the corners of the pan. Be sure it is folded smoothly over the corners. If used remove during the High phase of baking.

Photo of chewy brownie

Values

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 oz. square
Calories 300
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Protein 2 g4%
Sodium 77 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Additional Nutritional Values

Calcium
3
percent
Iron
4
percent
Vitamin A
5
percent
Vitamin C
4
percent

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    • Susan Guinn profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Guinn 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Peachpurple, thank you. This recipe uses both powdered cocoa, you can use Hersheys if you like and baking chocolate?

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh, this brwnie are good, can i use cocoa beverage powder instead?

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      Susan 

      4 years ago

      Oh yes forgot about that one, great and simple idea. I am notorious for making my deserts/ fruit have a pretty appearance. I see you are from PA. I have a sister in Smethport PA, and am originally from NY. Nice talking to you.

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      Laura L Scotty 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Much better and I am certainly going to give this one a try. As for your hint to add powdered sugar on top, you can place a paper doily over the top and sprinkle the sugar in a pattern to take to a special event. It just gives it a pretty presentation before cutting.

    • Susan Guinn profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Guinn 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, I really appreciate your comments. Since I am new to hub pages, any help is very much appreciated. I went back in and made some changes. I guess I was thinking that at each segment, I would include an ad on where to buy the items needed. But I agree it may distract some as well. My family and friends are asking me to bake them often, they are awesome. I hope you give this recipe a shot.

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      Laura L Scotty 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Your recipe sounds delicious and your tips on foil are sound. I was a little disappointed at the location of your ads. In the middle between the ingredients and instructions detracts from the flow of your hub. You might try pulling the ad to the right of one of the segments to keep the attention of the eyes going to your writing. People can go back to the ads once they have used the recipe.

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