Want to eat a bit of a brownie and be able to stop?
It could be the dream to keep desserts in your home and not binge on them.
I know the feeling and want to take you back to 2012. I was single and living in a tiny apartment in Minneapolis. I hated my job and dreaded going to work every day. I’d eat healthy food all day only to binge at night.
I’d rip open a box of brownie mix, pour in water, and pop it in the microwave. Then, I’d top off my brownie concoction with ice cream and inhale it in a matter of minutes.
All the guilt would come rushing in. Why do I keep doing this? Why can’t I just stop?
I tried to have desserts in moderation. It just didn’t work.
Yet on this particular night, I sat on the cold kitchen floor and realized that I must make changes in my life. I hated my job, had no friends, and had no support.
At 11 pm that night, I wiped away my tears and was determined to start my journey. It took me over a decade on my own. It is possible to have brownies in your home and enjoy them too.
These brownies are moist, fudgy, chocolatey. And great to keep in your fridge. Here are the three secrets for making these brownies healthy.
1) Use cacao powder
Cacao powder is a raw form of chocolate high in antioxidants and gives off a phenomenal chocolatey flavor. You can find this ingredient online and in grocery stores.
Cocoa powder is made by roasting at high temperatures and doesn’t have as many health benefits as cacao powder. To be honest, if you have cocoa powder it works and tastes just as great.
2) Less Sugar
This recipe for healthy brownies uses significantly less sugar than store-bought boxes and recipes online. Most use at least one cup of processed sugar.
Tahini is made from sesame seeds and helps keep these brownies moist. It has the same consistency as peanut butter without adding the peanut butter flavor.
In a mixing bowl, add the tahini, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract. Fold in the cacao / cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, plant based milk, and salt. Give it a stir.
Add in the 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Give it a stir.
Transfer to the baking pan and spread evenly.