Imagine that – Chia seeds incorporated into a brownie! The results will surprise you, and I cannot wait for you to try these healthy brownies.
- ½ cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of butter, for buttering the baking pan
- Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
Mix water and chia seeds in a small bowl, cover and let stand for 12 to 24 hours. Chia seeds mixed with water will form a gel substance that can be used as a substitute for fat in baking recipes. Chia seeds are a super-healthy grain originating from Mexico and Guatemala, and are full of health benefits. Only 1 tablespoon contains 4 ¼ grams of fiber and 2,000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids. This little grain can help digestion problems, heart health, skin aging and weight loss.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan, then line it with parchment paper, overlapping on both sides. Next, butter the parchment paper. This will make removal of the brownies much easier.
In a small mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour and baking soda.
Place a large mixing bowl over a pot of barely simmering water; place chopped chocolate in the bowl stirring occasionally. When chocolate melts, remove the chocolate and set aside to cool a little. Then, mix in granulated sugar using a whisk.
Next add eggs one at a time, mixing until well combined.
Stir in soaked chia seeds, vanilla and then flour mixture, mix until all ingredients are well combined.
Pour batter to a prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack. Remove brownies using overlapping parchment paper, cut into 16 pieces, and dust with powdered sugar.
One serving of these delish brownies has only 109 calories. Store brownies in room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 days.
I used the simplest version of this recipe, because I was more interested in texture than in flavor. I had not used chia seeds instead of butter or oil in baking before, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. These brownies have a nice, slightly chewy texture, and taste very, very good. The result definitely makes it worth omitting the fat in favor of the chia seeds.
To enhance the flavor you can experiment by adding, some cinnamon, or instant coffee, or mix in some nuts, seeds or dried fruit.
Inspired by Better Homes and Garden Skinny One Pan Recipes
Prep time: approximately 30 minutes (including cooling time)
Active cook time: approximately 30 minutes
Total time: approximately 60 minutes
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