Chocolate + Valentine’s Day = Love. It is pretty much that simple. But if it is just you and one other person (or just you, which is fine too!), you don’t really need a massive cake for just one day. And you may also not want something that will break your nutritional bank. So don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered!
As a gift this past year, I received a cookbook called Nourish written by the chef at Canyon Ranch. I recently started reading it and realized that there are a ton of things that I want to try. The recipes have a healthy spin, but are meant to leave you feeling satisfied and not deprived. I’ve never been there, but I’m envisioning that is what the Canyon Ranch “spa” experience is meant to be like. Each recipe also has nutritional information which is pretty cool. These brownies are the first recipe that I have tried and I am very happy with the result. They are moist and fluffy and chocolately enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. But it can be your little secret that they aren’t really that bad for you. Your Valentine never has to know!
The most exciting thing about this recipe is that it all happens in one saucepan. Yup ~ that’s right. No cleaning of the stand mixer, multiple bowls or spoons. AND, you can freeze anything that you have leftover. And then you’ll have little brownie bites whenever you want something sweet and chocolatey. Sound good? I think so.
Double Chocolate Brownies (from Nourish)
What You’ll Need:
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 tbsps unsalted butter
1/4 cup nonfat sour cream
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
What You’ll Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.
2. Melt the chocolate chips, butter and sour cream in a medium saucepan over low heat. Take off the heat. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the eggs one at a time (Make sure the mixture has cooled slightly before you do this). Stir in the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I took them out around 23 minutes ~ I always find erring on the side of underbaking is better so that you don’t end up with dry brownies!! Cool completely and then cut into 16 servings.
If you are interested in the stats ~ divided up into 16 brownies, each one has 140 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 grams of protein, 53 mg of sodium and a little bit of fiber from the whole wheat flour to boot. Not too shabby! I hope y’all enjoy this Valentine’s Day treat!