After a busy weekend on Mondays all I want to do is sleep in and never get out of my pajamas slash leave my cozy bed. I wish casual Friday's at work could actually transition to Casual Monday's because it is on Monday's where I feel least excited to get ready for work. You know what I mean?
My weekend was spent eating and walking around everywhere as per usual. Saturday I met up with some friends for brunch at Agave, which I have been wanting to try for quite some time. It was pretty good! Afterwards Kyle and I took the crosstown bus to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which we sadly realized the other day we hadn't been to in almost a year), and browsed the paintings and sculptures and armory and weapon room. Epic. Then, we got hot dogs from the food cart and saw Zootopia. Does it say something about us that we legitimately enjoy kid movies over adult ones? They are just always so clever and cute and funny! Sunday we went to a rowing class and could hardly move the rest of the day we were so sore. But we did make it to church and I am so glad that we did, because it was exactly what I needed.
So anyway, you may dislike me after this post, because having an easy brownie recipe on hand to make whenever you like (as easy as making on a weeknight) may ruin any hopes of having a healthy diet free from baked goods.
I'm sorry but not really sorry?
When the brownie craving hits me, it is actually a rare one. If I do crave sweets it is often a chocolate chip cookie or a slice of cake. I can usually have a piece of chocolate and the craving goes away. But at some point last week I had a not so great day at work and came home with one thing on my mind: therapy through baking and chocolate.
I searched the web for some easy brownie recipes and finally modified a few to make this one. As always I cut the sugar when I can, add chocolate chips when necessary, and it resulted in an easy chocolatey combination that may be easily doubled if more brownies are needed. So, if the brownie craving hits you on a Tuesday night at 8pm, all you need are a few basic ingredients and about 45 minutes and your craving will be satisfied. You're welcome.
Weeknight Craving Chocolatey Brownies
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup chopped chocolate, such as Attune Probiotic Chocolate Bars!
Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Grease and line an 8x8 pan or similar size.
Melt the stick of butter and cocoa powder over medium low heat. Remove from heat, and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Transfer to a medium sized bowl. Once cooled, beat in eggs, one at a one. Add vanilla and sugar, and stir to combine until smooth.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients, and stir until smooth.
Pour into prepared pan, and top with chopped chocolate pieces. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then remove with parchment paper to cool on counter. Slice into squares!