Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One-Bowl Wonder Brownies

Sometimes, I get a craving for something sweet and decadent. Often times, I crinkle my nose at the thought of processed sweets or pre-made grocery store desserts. Usually, there isn't a unique and taste-bud worthy bakery around when I want there to be.

It's a good thing that these chewy, moist, and satisfying chocolate brownies took one bowl to prepare in and about 30 minutes to bake. That's what I call a one-bowl wonder.

Did I mention that there's a good amount of non-fat Greek yogurt included to swap out some oil? Did I also mention that their still so delicious that my fiancĂ© didn't even notice? And, trust me-- he's got the kind of sweet tooth to notice. ;)

One-Bowl Wonder Brownies (made with Greek yogurt)
this recipe is for one 9x13" baking pan 

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup dark unprocessed cocoa powder
1 cup + 3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp hazelnut liquor 
*optional add-ins: walnuts, chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, (or with a hand held mixer and a large bowl) mix together the canola oil and Greek yogurt on medium until well combined. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the white and brown sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs (one at a time), vanilla extract, and hazelnut liquor. If you are choosing to add chocolate chips or nuts, gently fold them in at this point.

2. Pour the batter into a lightly buttered and floured 9x13" baking dish and smooth over the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven, and allow to cool before handling and eating.

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