so i was craving chocolate the other night and have no stores open near me, so I went on a little chocolate expedition around the house. Seeing as how I now live with 5 guys all of whom are fairly health conscience, we don’t have a lot of chocolate around. But I found some in the freezer, a bag of truffles my mom sent me awhile back.
After eating one, i remembered that i don’t actually enjoy truffles. So I headed to the kitchen, looked in the pantry and thought- CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS. The ‘chef-ista’ in me was like “I should get a double boiler going and melt the chocolate properly” but the fat kid in me (which is WAY louder then the ‘chef-ista’) was like “Homemade Chocolate Sauce”. So I made some chocolate sauce… step one
15 dark chocolate truffles
2 cups Fat Free Soy Milk
1/2 cup Butter
STEP 1- melt the three together on low heat, stirring CONSTANTLY!! Burnt chocolate is a waste of time and money.
STEP 2- When its all combined and smooth, add the following:
1/2 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
1/8 cup Sugar In the Raw
STEP 3- keep on stirring, once everything is combined pour into a GREASED SHALLOW PAN.. size and shape really doesn’t matter, it just cant be deeper then one inch.
***This is the time to set some aside for chocolate covered treats, suggestions- pretzels, assorted nuts, apple slices, sugar cookies, marshmallows, ICE CREAM!! the list can go on….and on….and on.
STEP 4- Cover the pan with plastic wrap, make sure to leave whole so the mixture doesn’t go bitter (thats what happens when you cover hot stuff with plastic wrap.)
STEP 5- Put in fridge for an hour… then re-wrap it, this time leaving no air holes.
STEP 6- Put back in the fridge for at least 6 HOURS! This sucks I know, but its worth it i PROMISE
STEP 7- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well
1/2 cup honey
1 cup whole wheat flour
STEP 8- Pop the mix in a new GREASED pan…i like a metal pan for this but you can use what ever tickles your fancy.
STEP 9- 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, check done-ness by piercing the middle with a fork and when it comes out clean, its done
STEP 10- Take out of oven, flip upside down onto a plate
STEP 11- This is where you can enjoy it as it is. or JACK IT UP!!
Jacking Suggestions: Icing, warm jelly (raspberry is a favorite), some of that extra chocolate mix, shredded coconut, whipped cream, caramelized bananas (mmmmmmm cooked naners), peanut butter, FLUFF…. again the list goes ON AND ON.
So there it is…Kinda Healthy (theres Soy Milk and Whole Wheat Flour…and DARK Chocolate) Peanut Butter Brownies. Which have been “Dude Approved” by the roommates
For the healthier amongst us, heres some alternatives for some of the ingredients:
Butter- Vegan Margarine (I like Becel’s version)
Peanut Butter- Organic Peanut Butter, or any All Natural Nut Butter… (I really want to try Cashew Butter)
Honey- Agave Syrup is a great Vegan alternative
Flour- Go G-Free with some G-Free flour (Nutter’s here in Canada or Whole Foods in the US have great flour selections)
There it is.
until next time.
– be a river with me