Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) … with Valentine’s Day Ideas!

This Recipe Is:     Make Ahead    Vegetarian  

An easy Valentine's Day dessert recipe - these one-bowl brownies are so quick and simple! And, they’re full of deep, dark, fudgy flavor … totally decadent! Bonus: they’re made with whole wheat and are so much healthier! Plus we’ve got great Valentine’s Day decorating ideas – so cute and fun! | #Valentines #brownies #Valentine #wholewheat #ValentinesDay #healthybrownies #hearts #healthyrecipes #healthydessert #healthytreats | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
These one-bowl brownies are so quick, easy and healthy, too! A perfect Valentine's Day dessert recipe! These brownies are full of deep, dark, fudgy flavor … totally decadent! Bonus: they’re made with whole wheat and are so much healthier! Plus we’ve got great Valentine’s Day decorating tips – easy ideas that are so cute and fun! | #Valentines #brownies #Valentine #wholewheat #ValentinesDay #healthybrownies #hearts #healthyrecipes #healthydessert #healthytreats | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) {from Two Healthy Kitchens}

Gather round, friends. It’s story time.

Once upon a time, back when we were dating, my husband wanted our first Valentine’s Day to be really special. Instead of going out to dinner at a restaurant in our little college town, he wanted to cook me dinner before we went to his fraternity’s date party.

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) {from Two Healthy Kitchens}
A baking tip I learned from my mom … just a teaspoon or two of granulated sugar is all you need to finish these brownies! The sugar on top provides a nice crunch, as well as a touch of sweetness. Especially in healthier baked goods, sweetness is often compromised. The solution? This sprinkle of sugar on top will be the first thing you taste, and you won’t miss the extra sugar inside the brownie!

I shopped for the perfect gifts, found the perfect card (I spent … oh, I don’t know … an hour reading cards!), and got all dolled up for a fun night with my guy.

When I got to his house, there was a note on the door to follow the rose petals. I walked along the (darling!) path he’d made, and finally found him in the kitchen cooking up a storm. He was all dressed up, looking so darn cute. And on the table he had flowers and gifts for me. Oh … and dinner smelled amazing!

Before we ate, we exchanged gifts … cards first, of course!

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) {from Two Healthy Kitchens}

As I opened the card he’d gotten for me, my heart stopped. Oh no!

Did I open the wrong card?

While my mind was racing, he started laughing as he opened the card from me.

What was happening???

I’ll tell you what happened. We bought each other the SAME card. The exact one. Of all the thousands and thousands of cards available for that one day, we’d picked out the identical card.

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) {from Two Healthy Kitchens}
One way to make these brownies festive for holidays (like Valentine’s Day!) is to use little cookie cutters to cut out shapes (just like we show you how to do for our 3-Ingredient Fudge recipe).

Welp, that was it for me. I was going to marry this one. I already knew I loved him, but those cards solidified it. If we could pick out the same sentiments for how we felt about each other … well, I figured it was destiny. And by the next Valentine’s Day, I was knee-deep in planning my wedding!

Now that we’re married and have kiddos, February 14th isn’t quite the same. Instead of shopping for the perfect gift, I’m at the craft store picking up supplies for the perfect Valentine’s Day “shoebox” for the class party. Stickers, papers, duct tape, oh my!

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) {from Two Healthy Kitchens}
Instead of granulated sugar, you can use powdered sugar and make “stencils” out of parchment or wax paper! Simply use a mesh strainer and shake powdered sugar over the design. The powdered sugar won’t provide the same crunch as the granulated sugar, but still gives a nice sweet touch (and adorable design!) to these brownies.

But no matter! With brownies like these, any Valentine’s Day (heck any regular day!) is awesome … rose petals or duct tape! Whether you’re a kiddo hoping for the best candy at the class party, a teenager hoping for a smile from the cute guy in your math class, or a wife hoping for a little blue box with a big white bow (ahem … hint hint, honey) … these brownies are just the thing.

Deliciously fudge-y, perfectly chocolaty, wonderfully healthy, and a breeze to make … what better way is there to tell someone you love them?

Want to know how I know these are so easy to make? It’s because I made at least 10 test batches. Some were promising, others … notsomuch. But this version. Oh … this version … our taste tester panel families seriously loved ’em! My oldest didn’t believe they were healthy. So good. Shelley texted me in desperation when her supply ran out because she wanted more, and the rest were at my house. Yes, friends. These brownies are that good. And then, she texted to ask if I thought it’d be ok for her to make these once or twice a day. Told ya. They are just. that. good. 

Oh … one more thing … this is all done in one bowl! Super fast. Super easy. Super clean. Seriously!

No doubt, these brownies say love any day of the year. Rose petals or no. Really … you need to enjoy these little beauties year-round. Every single day, in fact, would be best.

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!) {from Two Healthy Kitchens}
This past summer, Shelley and her husband joined my hubby and me for an evening out. We had a fantastic dinner with everything served shish-kabob style … even dessert! As soon as we saw the brownies and strawberries threaded on skewers, we just knew we had to share this amazing idea with you! What’s better than chocolate and strawberries?

So … bake these brownies, and tell someone you love them! Any day … every day!

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!)

Surprisingly Decadent Brownies (Healthy, Whole Wheat & One Bowl!)

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Rich, moist, delicious fudge brownies that are surprisingly healthy (with whole grains and less fat) and also super quick and easy to make (one bowl)!

  Make Ahead    Vegetarian  

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir well with a whisk until ingredients are evenly combined and brown sugar is broken up.
  3. Add eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla, stirring just to combine and being careful not to over-mix.
  4. Pour batter into an ungreased 8x8 pan.
  5. Bake for about 28-33 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with just a few crumbs. (Baking longer, to get a completely clean toothpick, will yield drier, more cake-like brownies.)
  6. Remove pan to a cooling rack and immediately sprinkle brownies with granulated sugar.
  7. Allow to cool before cutting.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 servings Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only, and may vary depending on your choice of ingredients or preparation. No guarantees are made regarding allergies or dietary needs. Always consult a physician or dietician for specific advice and questions.

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