Wednesday, October 06, 2010

October: Unprocessed - Brownies

October: Unprocessed is Andrew Wilder's challenege to give up processed food for an entire month. Read more about it or join the challenge at Andrew's blog Eating Rules. I'll be blogging about my experience during the challenge and hopefully sharing some recipes. Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.

When I signed up for October: Unprocessed I knew the first thing I would be craving is sweets. Not a problem - I have lots of wonderful REAL foods to choose from when baking. Sugar is a no-no but honey is on the “approved” list. Butter, cream and chocolate are also options as ingredients. I am swapping white flour for whole wheat whenever possible and I made the switch in the recipe below.

Googling "brownie" and "honey" bought me to a recipe for Honey Chocolate Brownies. Tweaking the recipe made for a drier, more cake-y brownie that became more dense after spending the night in the fridge. I added pecan butter from Sprouts as filling. Another even more decadent idea would be to drizzle it with Angela St. Cyr's 100 Mile Caramel Sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 ½ cups honey
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp ground flax seed
½ tsp. salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder

In a small bowl mix the cocoa powder, whole wheat flour and the flax seed. Set aside.

Beat the butter with mixer until creamy. Slowly add honey and applesauce. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix in the dry ingredients and the nuts. Pour batter into greased 9x13x2 inch pan or Sur La Table's Baker's Edge Brownie Pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Cool and cut into squares. Refrigerate overnight. The next day, slice lengthwise, spread with any nut butter and make a brownie sandwich.

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