I wanted some homemade brownies as good as boxed, but I know, it's pretty sad to have that as my comparison point, huh? But I used to love those dumb boxed chocolate fudge brownies and haven’t had them in years. Do you know that besides the preservatives and other nasty ingredients, they all still have trans fats in them?! (I just checked again recently!)
Homemade Brownies as Good as Boxed…
These homemade chocolate brownies really do taste as good as boxed and it's a super easy recipe — here's a picture of our youngest son making them:
Homemade Brownies as Good as Boxed!
Yield 9 x 13 baking pan
We don't do a lot of sweets around here, but sometimes you just need a brownie! You'll love this recipe because it doesn't have all the icky stuff like the boxed brownies, but has all the same taste -- with good-for-you ingredients. Try these homemade sundae toppings on your brownies!
- 1 cup butter (or you could use palm oil shortening or no-flavor coconut oil)
- 8 ounce semisweet chocolate baking bar or your favorite chocolate chips
- 1 2/3 cup palm or coconut sugar (or regular organic sugar if that's what you have)
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder (I use aluminum free)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 3/4 cups flour (I used part unbleached white and part sprouted flour)
- 2/3 cups chocolate chips (I like this brand because it doesn't have icky stuff)
Preheat oven to 350*. Butter and dust with flour around a 9×13 glass or stainless steel baking pan. (Or halve this recipe for an 8×8.) In a heavy large saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring as it gets smooth. Remove from heat and cool. Stir in sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter evenly into the pan and bake for 25-40 minutes (depends on how much oven temps might vary), until the middle is set but not too firm or they’ll be dry. (Less time for an 8×8.)
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Let me know what you think when you try them! If you have a different homemade brownie recipe, please share it with us in the comments.
Another idea that our son wanted to try and it was so good: Get more natural marshmallows like these, cut them into halves or quarters if you want smaller hunks, and put on top the last 10 minutes to get toasty and golden.
If you want a chocolatey top for your brownies, don't stir the chocolate chips into the dough, and instead wait until the brownies come out of the oven and sprinkle them on the top. Wait a few minutes and spread them around like frosting.
Here's where we sprinkled some sea salt on top for an extra burst of YUM.
Or for another yummy idea: use the peanut butter frosting from this recipe!
- These other organic brownies from scratch that I posted previously are really good, but more cake-like and with a cream cheese filling.
- More homemade dessert recipes that are at least a little better for you…
- Have you tried the baked oatmeal recipe yet? It’s like dessert for breakfast!
- Check out the comments at this Valentines Day/Organic Chocolates post for loads of information on anything you ever wondered about chocolate!