Recipe: Dark Chocolate Brownies

by Joanna

Chocolate lovers, rejoice!  Not all chocolate is bad for you – have you heard this before?  Dark chocolate, specifically, has been shown in numerous research studies to help lower risk of heart disease because of the high levels of antioxidants called flavanols.

Dove Dark Chocolate, specifically, has higher levels of flavanols than other dark chocolates. Scientists at Mars, Incorporated developed a process called Cocoapro® that helps retain more of the flavanols in cocoa than in other dark chocolates or even red wine!

Below is a recipe for dark chocolate brownies from one of my favorite chefs on the Food Network, Ellie Krieger.

Yields: 24 squares

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup whole grain pastry flour*
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or heatproof bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.
4. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar until smooth. Add the yogurt, oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the chocolate-butter mixture and whisk until blended. Add the flour mixture and mix until just moistened.
5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and sprinkle with nuts if using. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 squares.

*Whole grain pastry flour (also called whole wheat pastry flour) is found in many major supermarkets and in most health food stores. If you cannot find it you may substitute 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour in this recipe.

Nutrition Information (Per Serving without walnuts):
Serving size: 1 square
Calories: 150
Total Fat: 8 g; (Saturated Fat: 3 g, Mono Fat: 2 g, Poly Fat: .8 g)
Protein: 3 g
Carb: 18 g
Fiber: 1 g
Cholesterol: 40 mg
Sodium: 55 mg

Nutrition Information (Per Serving with walnuts):
Serving size: 1 square
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 10 g (Saturated Fat: 3 g, Mono Fat: 2.3 g, Poly Fat: 2.6 g)
Protein: 3 g
Carb: 19 g
Fiber: 2 g
Cholesterol: 40 mg
Sodium: 55 mg

Source: Food Network

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