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Victory Brownies- Dark Chocolate Brownie Crumble October 8, 2013

Jamie says: I raced my first real triathlon in over two years this Sunday. It sure felt good to be back in the sport- everything from packet pick-up to body marking to setting up transition, and of course, racing, was just awesome. It was a victory for me just to be out there and to race. My goal was to have fun and do the best I could do. And I’m blessed to say I accomplished that and was able to share the experience with two awesome friends. I am also excited to say that also resulted in a 1st place in my age group. I was pumped about the prize- a Tervis tumbler (my 1st one) with the race logo on it (and a medal). When I came home after the race, I was on such an adrenaline rush (you’d think I’d be exhausted after waking up at 4:45 AM, right?!) that I kept going with fun stuff all day- and part of that day included making Victory Brownies- a Dark Chocolate Brownie Crumble…

Victory Brownies- Dark Chocolate Brownie Crumble

Victory Brownies- Dark Chocolate Brownie Crumble

I dove into my recipe books and got to play in the kitchen. The result: an amazing creation and my brownie craving satisfied.

A piece of chocolate-lovers' heaven

A piece of chocolate-lovers’ heaven

It was the perfect combination of rich cocoa, melting chocolate, and an awesome slightly chewy texture from the oats that was almost cake-like. I’m sure your taste buds and stomach would agree these brownies are also a victory…

A victory indeed...

A victory indeed…

And the good news is, not only do they taste great, but they’ve got some good-for-you ingredients, too! (Check out that nutrition note on the bottom.)

Celebrate with a better-for-your chocolate treat

Celebrate with a better-for-your chocolate treat

Victory Brownies- Dark Chocolate Brownie Crumble

Adapted from Brownie Baked Oatmeal by ThrivingHomeBlog.com

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (I chose coconut oil because I received at a sample at a race expo)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (organic, Farmer’s Market Foods, Inc)
  • 1 cup fat free milk (Organic Valley)
  • 2 eggs (cage free, Eggland’s Best)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (60% cocoa, Ghirardelli’s)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9″ baking dish with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add oatmeal, baking powder, salt, cocoa, cinnamon, brown sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. In a small bowl, add pumpkin, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with a whisk until combined.
  4. Pour liquid contents of the small bowl into the large bowl and stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Use a spatula to cut into squares and serve. Enjoy! (Leftovers may be cut in squares, wrapped in parchment paper, and frozen.)

Serves about 12

  • Nutrition notes: This recipe is healthier than a traditional brownie recipe because it uses oats (a whole grain) instead of a refined white flour, dark chocolate and a cocoa with higher flavanols instead of milk chocolate, cinnamon (an antioxidant), pumpkin (rich in vitamin A and a good source of fiber), brown sugar instead of white sugar (only slightly more minerals), and fat free milk (no saturated fat in the milk, but note: the coconut oil is high in saturated fat but is of the medium chain triglyceride type- the verdict is still out on this one so enjoy occasionally and in moderation). This recipe can be made gluten free (GF) by using GF oats.
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2 Responses to “Victory Brownies- Dark Chocolate Brownie Crumble”

  1. Robin Says:

    Congratulations on the win Jamie! I am such an admirer! The brownies sound good. I’m going to try them. I didn’t realize that rolled oats would have gluten.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Robin

    • J & K Says:

      Thanks, Robin! It was a fun race! The brownies were delicious! I had one today (froze the leftovers). Oats can become cross-contaminated by gluten (they don’t naturally contain gluten but can get gluten on them from contact with a gluten source). They sell gluten-free oats which are grown and processed in a way which avoids there contact with gluten; they are recommended for those with Celiac disease.

      Sincerely, Jamie


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