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I promised my daughter I could make yummy brownies WITHOUT a box mix! When I went looking for a recipe, I wanted "something" nutritionally "good" in the recipe. This is what we came up with. Its a chewy, chocolatey brownie you can dress up with nuts, chips, marshmallows or m&m's.
- 1⁄2 cup butter (melted)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1⁄2 cup cocoa
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1⁄2 cup nuts, chopped or 1⁄2 cup M&M's plain chocolate candy or 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips or 1⁄2 cup marshmallows (you can use up to 1 cup of these combined if you want to be fancy) (optional)
- Combine sugar, eggs and vanilla with a fork.
- Combine dry ingredients (up to oats) in separate bowl.
- Mix wet and dry ingredients together well with fork.
- Stir in nuts.
- Spread batter evenly in a greased 8 x 8 pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minututes.
I really liked these bars. The oatmeal added a good coconutty, chewy type texture. They had a deep chocolate taste and were very quick and easy to make. I baked mine for 25 minutes.
To prevent the "drying out", I baked these for 25 minutes only. I loved the fact that it was chocolaty enough , but reduced the sugar to 3/4 cups since I was using brown. Oh yeah, and I used chopped and toasted hazelnuts:) In your instructions, the butter wasn't mentioned at all, so what I did was to melt the butter (salted), add cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, and fold in the oats and nuts in this order. Thank you:)
These were ok. I have a ton of oatmeal I want to use up so I made this. We didn't really care for the oatmeal in the brownie. It gave it a strange texture and I think dried it out. They were much better warm with a scoop of ice cream and some butterscotch topping.