Posted by: Shannon @ A Dash of Sparkle | June 16, 2011

Is it Friday Yet? No, Well Have a Brownie

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Ever have one of those days where you wake up and think it’s Friday, but it’s Thursday instead? You feel so hopeful for a moment and then that hope crumbles as you look at your phone or the calendar and realize, nope, it’s only Thursday. You’ve got two days until the weekend still.

Perhaps it’s because I have a long weekend ahead of me (yay!). Maybe it’s because I’ll be seeing my mom who I haven’t seen in six months (Woo hoo!!). It could be because I’m going to be going to Universal Studios and the magical Harry Potter theme park (my second time since the ride opened). Or, it might be because I’m going to submit Nick to a Harry Potter movie marathon to prepare him for his first visit to the incredible world of muggles and wizards. It’s just not natural that he hasn’t yet seen even one of these movies.

Do you see the cause of my anxiousness now?

So what do I do to distract myself? Go workout? Did that… twice, once this morning (spinning) and once this evening (swimming and yoga). Lay out my clothes for tomorrow? Done.

I’ve got it! Bake!

I’ve been wanting to try the Vegan Peanut Butter Brownies from Une Vie Saine for a couple weeks now, and here is my chance!

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Vegan Peanut Butter Brownies

Adapted from Une Vie Saine recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (you can switch this to your choice if you’d rather something else)
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, flax seed and baking powder. In a large bowl combine the maple syrup, canola oil, coconut milk, peanut butter (you might want to microwave this for a few seconds to make sure it’s creamy enough and mixable, vanilla extract.

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Next, start mixing in the dry ingredients into the wet until they’re all combined. Pour the batter into a greased 9×9 inch pan. Then sprinkle the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts evenly over the top. Pop the pan in the oven for 30-35 minutes (until a toothpick in inserted into the center comes out clean).20110612-073228.jpg

They smell amazing fresh out of the oven and after about 20 minutes cooling you can cut them. They’ll be nice and warm and moist so you have to try at least one (or maybe two like I did) before you cover them up and put them away.20110612-073249.jpg

They’re not very sweet, so you won’t feel guilty eating these as a snack or dessert. Next time, I’ll be swirling in some raspberry jam for some extra fruity goodness.

Now, come on weekend!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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