Friday, April 5, 2013

Good Energy Brownie Bars

My recipe is pretty loose here. You can make substitutions and have fun. Feel free to write me with your results.


1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick) or half peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar (or more)
2 Tbsps dark molasses (not blackstrap)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (or more)
1 extra large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup combination chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain yogurt or milk to moisten
cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle position.
Melt the butter in a double boiler or microwave.
Add the sugar and let cool a bit.
Add egg, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla.
Add flour and mix. Then add the chocolate chips etc, and oats and mix everything up. Add up to one cup of yogurt or milk to moisten the batter. Taste test for salt sweet balance.
Adjust if necessary. With a spatula spread dough evenly into a greased 8x8 baking pan. Improvise and have fun. I melted a square of bittersweet chocolate in with the butter.
The peanut butter gives this an earthy taste.

Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes.

Cut into bars when cool.