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double dark chocolate almond butter brownie

by Heather

Good morning!

Joe’s been a lucky dog lately.  He’s gotten a walk just about every day.  Today I woke up to the rain I knew was coming… so I’m debating whether I take him on a walk or not.  It’ll probably turn into a yes.  Walking is good for bringing on a baby. 😉

Brownies are totally good for bringing on a baby too right?  I must have thought that yesterday.  We were out and about running errands and had lunch out.  All I could think about was cookies right after we ate.  I wasn’t even hungry I just wanted a cookie.  I needed a cookie.  We were in a ‘mall’ (old with barely any stores in it) where Jacob was looking in a bike shop.  I went wandering around looking for a rest room, but really went searching for that cookie too.  Alas, they had no mrs. fields there with warm, fresh out of the oven cookies.

When we got home, I got to baking.  No cookies, but brownies made an appearance.  Brownies are just so much faster to throw in the oven than cookies. You mix, pour, press and bake.  They’re warm and gooey when they come out.  Crazy chocolately and just plain delicious.

I based this recipe off my pomegranate and almond butter brownies.  Instead of pomegranates I threw in dark chocolate chunks.  It was a good idea.

Double Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Brownie
Makes 9 squares

Adapted from pomegranate and almond butter deep dark chocolate brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (half dutched cocoa and half dark chocolate)
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat pasty flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (or chips)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Coat an 8 x 8 glass dish with oil spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, or bowl with a hand mixer combine the egg, sugar, almond butter, oil and extract.  Mix for 3-4 minutes until well combined.
  3. In another bowl combine the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Pour into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chunks.
  4. Press the brownie mixture into the dish.  The mixture will be very, very thick.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool before slicing.

Pregnant me has felt starved all the time these past few days.  I eat, and then 30-60 minutes later it’s like I haven’t even eaten!  Guess I’m just fattening up this little guy. 🙂  I should probably do that with something other than brownies…

Any day now he’ll pop out!

Do you have a go-to brownie recipe you love?  I want to try out Katie’s healthy chocolate brownies sometime.  Love how fudgey they sound.

Time to suit up and head out in the rain!

Heather

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18 comments

Erica May 21, 2012 - 8:28 am

Chunks- very necessary! They’re the best! Glad you got your sweets fix! The almond butter in here sounds fabulous

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Fit Mama May 21, 2012 - 9:10 pm

I love the chocolate chunks!

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Lauren May 21, 2012 - 9:29 am

Thinking about you girl! Hang in there. 🙂

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Fit Mama May 21, 2012 - 9:11 pm

It’s getting close 🙂

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Lisa@Healthy Diaries May 21, 2012 - 11:38 am

oh brownies are my favorite!!! I’m sure Hunter is enjoying them too! hihi

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Fit Mama May 21, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Haha he looooves them 🙂

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Emily Butler May 21, 2012 - 1:57 pm

LOVE brownies, I found a black bean brownie recipe that I’ve tried and has success with, forget the website off the top of my head, but I just love them! Sounds like your body is getting ready for labor, asking for more food and calories for all that energy you’ll need to get that little boy out! Kind of like nesting, but with food haha. Oh, no.. now I know, have you dropped? that would cause you to be more hungry since the baby is not so much in your stomach anymore 🙂

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Fit Mama May 21, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Yup he’s definitely dropped even more this last week, and now that you mention it I definitely feel like I have more room to fill. Hope he’s getting ready!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 21, 2012 - 3:09 pm

The brownies sound wonderful! I haven’t made brownies in a long, long time. Your recipe is perfect!!!

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Fit Mama May 21, 2012 - 9:13 pm

I think it’s time Jennifer 😉

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 21, 2012 - 4:42 pm

the title of this post instantly drew me in! 🙂 holy yum! definitely making these… i think i might try it with peanut butter instead of almond butter since that’s what i have on hand.

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Fit Mama May 21, 2012 - 9:13 pm

That is going to be one delicious swap

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Baking Serendipity May 21, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Dark chocolate and almond butter is such an awesome combination! Thinking of you and Hunter…hope he is here soon!

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Fit Mama May 22, 2012 - 9:52 am

I hope so too!!

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Oh gosh. Those look DEADLY!!!! 🙂

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