Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Healthier PB Football Brownies

One of my goals for the blog this year is to offer a bit more insight into my personal life and allow my readers to get to know me a bit more.  So why not start today?

I live in the city nicknamed "Hot-lanta", however yesterday Atlanta was not so hot.  In fact it was quite cold and even experienced a snowstorm.  After living in Oklahoma City and New York city I am familiar with snow.  Unfortunately the city of Atlanta is not.

Yesterday as my co-workers and I watched the snow fall from our office window during the morning hours, I commented how this snowstorm was nothing compared to what I had experienced in NYC. A few hours later I noticed the snow flakes were getting a bit larger and some snow was actually starting to accumulate on the ground.  I started to feel a bit concerned about my drive home at this point.  All of my co-workers tried to warn me that the road conditions would be worse than I expected and I should prepare for the worst as I drive home.

Unfortunately a few hours later I found out my co-workers were correct. As I started driving home I realized the term "sand trucks" was a foreign concept to this city.  I also recognized everyone in the city tried to head home at the exact same time I had.  My commute took nearly three times what it typically takes and I encountered some extremely scary situations.  Particularly at one point my car starting "fishtailing" and was perpendicular on a crowded six lane interstate (which included large semis).  I am entirely thankful that I made it home safely.  As I watch the local news channels I realize my commute home was rather short compared to others - there have been reports of people still driving today (the following day).

The benefit of the snowstorm was I still got home earlier than usual and was able to do some blog baking.  So all in all I can thank the snowstorm for todays post, which is a perfect dessert to take to a Super Bowl party this weekend.  Who doesn't love peanut butter and brownies?  This recipe will save you a few calories without compromising the flavor!

What are your worst snow experiences?

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

Healthier PB Football Brownies

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 mintues
Keywords: dessert chocolate
Ingredients (12 brownies)
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil (or butter)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • non stick cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, spray a 9" x 9" inch pan with non-stick cooking spray
2. Mix together oil, applesauce, eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla
3. In a separate small bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking powder
4. Combine both bowls and mix well; pour batter into baking pan
5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until cooking through (can poke toothpick into brownies to determine).
6. Let cool completely
7. Using a knife or cookie cutter cut brownies into shape of football (I cut out a cardboard pattern and traced)
8. Decorate with peanut butter to resemble footballs (I used a decorating squeeze bottle by Wilton to make football laces).
Serving size: 1/12 brownies • Servings: 12 • Calories: 132.5 kcal • Protein: 2.1 g • Carbs: 18.3 g • Fat: 6.6 g • Fiber: 1.0 g • Sugar: 12.9 g • Sodium: 85.0 mg
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