Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

Do you need a sure thing brownie recipe? Here it is. This recipe for Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies has been in my recipe arsenal for nine years. I think it is a terrific idea to start off the week with a dessert recipe.

With Father’s Day and July 4th coming up, these brownies will come definitely come in handy. I consider these brownies to be better-for-you. They  are rich in chocolate, but balanced in sweetness by almonds, which also add a little crunch. You can substitute your favorite chocolate for the dark chocolate chips.

I originally developed this recipe for Canola.org for the World Health Day campaign, one of my favorite recipe projects. You will find a lot of fabulous recipes on their site. Here’s to starting the week off with something chocolate and sweet!

5 Favorite Fall Recipes

Trick or Treat Martini

Halloween is next week. Can you believe it? I love Halloween and look forward to it every single year (even though my three kids are teens now). I am in Hawaii this week for a work trip (heavenly), but I’ll be back in time for Halloween. I told my husband that I want to stay home for Halloween–I love giving out candy and seeing all the little kid’s costumes. As you can tell between food and travel, October has been a very busy month with recipes, my Italy trip, travel stories due, and edits on my next cookbook. I wanted to share some of my latest 5 favorite fall recipes that I created and photographed for Momspark this past month starting with my Trick or Treat Martini. These 5 recipes are fun to make and serve to friends and family this October and for the coming months ahead!

 

Mini Caramel Apples

Mini Caramel Apples on Momspark

Hot Apple Cider Toddy

Hot Apple Cider Toddy on Momspark

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups on Momspark

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Brownies on Momspark

4 Ingredient Passover Bars

4 Ingredient Passover Bars

 

I know I am flipping from Passover recipes to Easter recipes this week but with these two holidays this weekend, what can I do since I am celebrating both! I made these 4 Ingredient Passover Bars today and had to post them because they are great for anytime, anywhere and are gluten-free! You can use pecans, almonds or walnuts and your favorite type of chocolate chips. Don’t add any water to the batter; just mix well and pat down in the pan. I recommend using parchment paper for easy removal and slicing. Happy Passover and if you’re not celebrating, but looking for a flourless, gluten-free, grain free and dairy free recipe, here you go!

14 Super Bowl Recipes & National Championship Ideas

Who is ready for more football? Here are 14 Super Bowl recipes as well as some ideas for the National Championship game tomorrow night with Alabama and Notre Dame. Tomorrow is a big night for us living in Alabama, and so I decided to put together my Super Bowl recipe list for you early. I hope everyone had a great holiday break. My kids go back to school tomorrow, and I can’t believe three weeks has gone by so fast. They love this Turkey Tortilla Soup recipe and all of the other 13 recipes below. Enjoy for football or party entertaining anytime of the year.

Mini Calzones from Ingredients, Inc.

Kale and White Bean Crostini by Camille Styles

Lightened Up Mexican Layer Dip via Ingredients Inc.

Chicken Artichoke Casserole via Add a Pinch

Rosemary Infused Nuts via Ingredients Inc.

Quick and Easy Cheese Board via Spoon Fork Bacon

Bistro Pasta Salad via Ingredients, Inc.

Football Truffles by Bakerella

Double Chocolate Football Cupcakes by The Baker Chick

Spinach Dip with Greek Yogurt via Ingredients Inc.

Kale and Artichoke Dip via Spoon Fork Bacon

Salmon Crostini via Pinterest

Dark Chocolate Brownies by Ingredients Inc.

Peanut Butter Cup Blonde Brownie Recipe

When I saw this recipe from a past issue of Cooking Light magazine for Peanut Butter Cup Brownies, I knew that I had to make them. I have a weakness for anything peanut butter, but the fact that they are only 153 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates and 7 grams of fat, I let this one slide. These brownies are so easy to make and make for parties (Super Bowl), Valentines and a great afternoon snack for the kids or dessert, of course. I used the new Reese’s cup minis, which worked perfectly. Enjoy!

Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

I am so excited to announce my partnership with CanolaInfo for their World Heart Day campaign. As part of my work with them, I created the “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection, which includes six simple, family-friendly, and heart-healthy recipes (such as these brownies above).

World Heart Day, observed on Sept. 29, was created by the World Heart Federation to encourage heart-healthy habits from regular exercise to nutritious eating. Heart disease remains the world’s number one killer and the World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the fight against it along with stroke. Together with the World Heart Federation, CanolaInfo is helping to inform the public on ways to prevent this disease by providing heart-healthy tips, recipes, publications and more.

Easy Valentine’s Day Brownies

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for cooking every year because I usually teach a Kid’s Valentine Cooking Class and share my recipes with children. This year I have a great class scheduled along with a few television appearances lined up in Birmingham and Nashville preparing Valentine treats. These Valentine Brownies are just one of the recipes I will be making for the kids as well as television. This easy brownie recipe was shared to me by the editors of the Tables of Content Book from the Junior League of Birmingham (one of my must-have cookbooks). These are so easy, and you make them all in one saucepan. Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter and decorate with your favorite icing. They are almost too simple to be so divine.

Easy as Can Be: Brownie S’Mores

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Recently, Naturally Nora, a company specializing in all natural baking mixes, asked me to experiment with some of their mixes. Their cake mixes, brownie mixes and frostings have no artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives or hydrogenated oil. I was so excited to try their mixes. My kids went nuts over their brownie mix, and it worked great in this simple Brownie S’mores recipe. It was so fun to make these with the kids-a wonderful summertime afternoon project.

Four Ingredient Brownie: Easy Almond Butter-Topped Brownies

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Since I have been getting many requests for a quick brownie recipes, I thought I would give you a semi-homemade idea: Almond-Butter Topped Brownies. Start with your favorite brownie recipe or brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines) and top with almond butter, nuts and chocolate. These also work great with your favorite peanut butter or Nutella. These make a quick party dessert, bake sale item or Halloween treat.

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies in under 30 Minutes

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This is not one of my typical low-fat recipes, but sometimes you need a special sweet treat. Trust me, these are awesome! I have been searching for an easy brownie recipe, and I finally have found the winner: Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies. The recipe is so simple to prepare and can be prepared in 30 minutes. I was asked to make something for the school’s bake sale, and these were highly requested. Also, for Mother’s Day, this brownie pan, below, was one of my top present picks because it makes slicing brownies so easy. This pan also works with any box brownie mix if you’re short on time.

Check this great brownie pan out