Valentine’s Day “From Scratch” Brownies
February is known for two holidays, Ground Hog Day and Valentine’s Day, but only one of these tempts our sweet tooth (and our pocketbooks). Valentine’s Day is known for its expensive indulgences: eating out, flowers, alcohol, and chocolate. For this Valentine’s Day, try some low-cost and healthier ways to celebrate like opting for a romantic homemade dinner rather than eating out or baking low-fat chocolate treats instead of buying expensive chocolate candy.
It seems like as soon as the holiday season is over, grocery store shelves begin to be stocked with tempting red boxes of chocolate. A small box of these can cost as much as $5, which is a lot considering how few you get. Making “from scratch” brownies is a great chocolate treat that can serve up to 10 people for a whole lot less money. Making homemade brownies takes the same amount of time as a boxed mix! Make the below brownie recipe Valentine’s Day special by using a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut them. Enjoy them yourself and share with your friends, family or your sweetheart!
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil (to lower the fat content you can use applesauce)
¼ cup cocoa
1/3 cup white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Pour in 9x9x2 in baking dish. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Check doneness with knife. If knife comes out clean, the brownies are done.
Nutritional Analyses: serving size: 1/10, 192 calories, 9 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 42 milligrams cholesterol, 104 milligrams sodium, 27 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 3 grams protein
Rebecca Brotzman, RD, LDN