Monday, January 27, 2014

Easy Homemade Brownie Mix



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I'm really trying hard to not buy boxed cake mixes and make cakes and sweets from scratch as much as possible as a healthier alternative to the boxed ingredients.   In the past, I have made this soccer cake with homemade yellow cake with cream cheese icing, homemade funfetti cake with chocolate mousse layers, homemade chocolate cupcakes, and recently I posted about the homemade pancake mix that has been a hit with our family.

Last week, it was my 6 year old's turn to make our Tea Time snack (I'll blog about what Tea Time is all about soon, I hope), and she wanted to make brownies.  I didn't want to go to the store to buy a boxed variety so I went to Pinterest and found a delicious and easy Homemade Brownie Mix.  And my mind tells me it's a "healthier" version of brownies (sort of) so I can sneak a few more brownie bites :)

Here's the recipe and I like that you can easily turn this recipe into a gift by placing the dry ingredients into a mason jar or container and leave instructions on how to add the wet ingredients and bake them.  They are delicious (and did I mention easy too?) :)

Homemade Brownie Mix

Dry Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
chopped pecans (optional)

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup melted butter or margarine
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:
1. Mix dry ingredients together and place in a jar or container.

To Make Brownies:
1 Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until well combined.  Grease a 9 X 13 pan.  Spread batter evenly and bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes or until done.

Notes:
Gluten Free...Use your favorite gluten free flour mix in place of the all purpose flour and add 1 tsp. xanthum gum.    For Dairy Free....Use dairy free margarine.

Enjoy!

Want to check out other recipes?
This week I'm linking up to Lisa's New Recipe Link Up at Home to 4 Kiddos.


 



4 comments:

Patty said...

You know, I always want to do this. Do the healthier approach, but being a creature of habit...well you know. Boxed. You made this sound so easy. Will need to try this!

Tracy said...

Patty, I completely have the creature of habit "syndrome" so that's why I was so happy to find an easy and quick homemade sweet recipe so I could break my habit :) It's really as easy as it sounds and if you click on the link of the title of the recipe, it will take you to the blog I found the recipe and in the comments section people make suggestions to vary the recipe. Let me know if you try it and how you liked it :)

Lisa Boyle said...

Love this! We do all of our baking from scratch, too. So much healthier. :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/02/try-new-recipe-tuesday-february-4.html

Thanks Lisa! I'm slowly learning the baking from scratch routine, but I've enjoyed the adventure so far!

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