Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies

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These are my absolute favorite brownies!! And you know what they’re perfect for?… Brownie Sundaes topped with caramel sauce! They’re also good on their own. It’s one of my favorite desserts and summer time treats! And one of my mom’s favorites as well!

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These brownies are so fudgy, chocolatey, and chewy! I haven’t found many brownies that even compare to these. I don’t normally add nuts to these, but they would be wonderful with pecans, walnuts, or even hazelnuts!

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As with most of the things I bake, I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips (60% Semi-sweet). They are my favorite chocolate chips to use! I love a darker chocolate, and I think that they really take these brownies to the next level. I have made them with milk chocolate chips and they’re good, but not the same as when I use the darker chocolate chips. Use whatever you desire, but the dark chocolate is much better, in my opinion.

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Ingredients

2 sticks butter, unsalted

3/4 cup cocoa powder

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2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

1 cup AP flour

1 tsp. vanilla bean paste

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups Ghirardelli chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (Optional but pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts would be yummy!)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 X 13 pan and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pot. Once melted, pour into a mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the cocoa powder. Mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after adding ingredients.
  3. Add the sugar and mix until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. Mix.
  4. Add the flour and salt. Mix well and finally add the chocolate chips and nuts if desired. Mix until combined.
  5. Spread the batter in the greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake until done, about 25-30 minutes.
  6. Let cool and enjoy on their own or with ice cream and caramel sauce! Yum!!

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THE BEST Granola Bars…EVER

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I love these granola bars as do my friends, family, and coworkers! They are the perfect snack or breakfast, and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like them. These granola bars are anything but ordinary because they’re full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

What I love most about this recipe is that you can easily change the flavor by choosing a different nut, dried fruit, and/or sweetener. Each time I make them they turn out wonderful! My favorite combination is dried cherries and pecans with a mix of honey and coconut palm syrup (about 50/50). I’ve even started making them with half brown rice cereal puffs and half oats. It changes the texture a bit, which I love!

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My only warning is to be careful because they are highly addictive! Once you start eating them, it’s VERY hard to stop.

They are a great snack if you’re going on a hike or traveling somewhere. These bars also freeze really well too.

 

Ingredients

2 cups Old Fashioned Oatsgranola5

¼ cup Ground Flaxseed

1 ½ cups Walnuts, chopped (or your choice of nut or combination of nuts)

2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 cup Dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, or any combination)

1/3 cup Brown Sugar

½ cup Honey (I’ve done 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup coconut palm syrup)

4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

½ tsp. Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9×13 pan and line with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  3. Measure the oats and ground flaxseed. Place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Measure the nuts and chop into small pieces if not already in pieces. Add to the bowl with the oats and flaxseed. If using brown rice cereal puffs, toast them with the nuts, flaxseed, and oats.
  5. Mix the ingredients in the bowl and place on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven for about 6-8 minutes. Flip them every few minutes so they don’t burn.
  6. When you start to smell them and see they are getting a little brown, pull them out of the oven. Let them cool for about 10 minutes.
  7. Measure the chia seeds and dried fruit and set aside. You can use the same bowl that you had your oats and nuts in.
  8. Add the toasted ingredients to the chia seeds and dried fruit.
  9. In a small pot put the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. Bring to simmer stirring constantly for a few minutes.
  10. Pour the hot liquid mixture over the oats, nuts, dried fruit, etc. in the large bowl, and mix all the ingredients together.
  11. Put all of the mixture into the prepared pan. Press into the pan with a wooden spoon or spatula. A piece of parchment or wax paper also works well for pressing.
  12. Let it cool and set up for about 2-3 hours. It can also be placed in the cooler or freezer to speed up the cooling (for about 20-30 minutes).
  13. Finally, flip the pan onto a cutting board to desired size. Enjoy for breakfast or as a snack!