Organic Cacao Brownies

I think the three things I love bringing to potlucks or gatherings are cookies, Bundt cakes, and brownies. They’re all simple to make, don’t take up too much time, and delicious to eat. Having said that, they’re naturally my go-to recipes if I’m craving baked goods or something sweet. The first time I made brownies was with my sister when I was in elementary school. I remember the brownies were more burnt than anything but have fond memories of picking off the burnt parts and eating whatever tiny amount of good parts were left. Thankfully, I’ve become a much better baker throughout the years. My next attempt at brownies were using those pre-packaged mixes from Costco and bringing them to gatherings when I was a college student. They were easy to make and hard to mess up but not the healthiest.
My mother bought a big bag of organic cacao powder for its antioxidant properties. We are a health-conscious family and like to eat fresh and wholesome foods (while indulging from time to time.) I have a difficult time thinking of ways to consume all this cacao powder though as I mentioned previously in my first post that I am not fond of chocolate. It turned out to be my problem on how to cook and eat all this cacao powder despite the fact it was my mother who ordered the bag… These brownies are one of the best ways to use up the cacao powder and get a healthy serving of antioxidants while indulging. The brownies have a moderately sweet fudgy texture and it’s hard to stop eating after one! I’d love to hear from visitors to comment below and share how they use their bottomless bag of cacao powder!

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Yield: 8 Brownies
Time: 30 minutes

1/3 cup canola oil
½ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup of all-purpose flour
½ cup of unsweetened organic cacao powder
¼ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
Optional: Add up to 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or small pieces of dried fruits

1) Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in the middle.
2) Lightly grease a 4 x 8 inch pan with cooking oil spray
3) Mix oil and sugar together. Then add eggs and vanilla extract and combine well.
4) Add flour, cacao powder, sea salt, and baking powder and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. Top with optional add-ins if desired.
5) Bake for 20-25 minutes and let brownies cool to room temperature before serving.

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