Chocolately, chewy and oh so good, this healthified brownie recipe will be a go-to again and again
Yes, you will score lots of ‘brownie’ points when you make this pleasing and appealing recipe for your family or friends. Not only does it meet a ‘healthier’ version of more traditional brownie recipes for being low fat, low sugar, and a good source of fiber, it’s simply a delectable treat.
Notice there is no flour in this recipe…the star ingredient is quick cooking oatmeal which takes its place. Is oatmeal healthy? Of course! Universally loved for breakfast, this whole grain is definitely good for our health. Fiber is oatmeal’s main health attribute. Compared to other whole grains, oatmeal has a specific type of fiber called beta glucan which has been linked to improved cholesterol and a reduced risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
But going further beyond fiber, oatmeal also contains many phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health effects. This, combined with being an excellent source of B vitamins, vitamin E and minerals like magnesium, makes oatmeal even more outstanding.
A common question for those with celiac disease or with gluten sensitivity is whether oats are gluten free. The short answer is yes, oats are gluten free. However, gluten cross-contamination in oats is common. Anyone with celiac disease should check the label on any oats product making sure it’s listed as “gluten free.” For more information on this topic, check out the link below from the Celiac Disease Foundation:
So, are you ready to make this mouth-watering, delightful brownie recipe? I’m sure you are – check out it below:
Chewy-licious Oatmeal Brownies
- 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or carob chips (both optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, add together all dry ingredients – oats, brown sugar, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and salt – stirring until well mixed.
- Add to oat mixture, all other ingredients – applesauce, canola oil, egg, milk, vanilla, and semi-sweet chocolate or carob chips.
- Add mixture to prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, remove foil and continue baking an additional 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you like, sprinkle a few additional semi-sweet chocolate or carob chips on top to garnish while brownies are fresh out of the oven and still warm. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired.