No dessert is loved by people of all ages as much as a brownie. A few easy swaps like adding whole wheat flour and peanut butter can help make brownies a little bit healthier while still being a delicious treat.
Leveraging whole wheat flour helps seniors achieve their whole grain recommendations of three to five servings of whole grains a day (a step up from the average American consumption of less than one serving a day). Whole grains help increase fiber consumption, are rich in vitamins and minerals, and are typically higher in protein than refined grains. So, while a brownie is a dessert, swapping some ingredients for healthier ingredients like whole wheat flour is a great way to boost nutrition.
Time: 40 minutes
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup chunky peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, crack and whisk eggs for 1 minute.
- In the large bowl, add butter, sugars and vanilla. Mix until combined.
- Pour the dry mix into the large bowl and mix until smooth.
- Add water and peanut butter, and mix until combined.
- Pour batter in a greased 8×8 baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes.