In honor of National Brownie Day (and I checked to make sure it wasn't like the girl scout brownies day), I decided to write this post.
Many of us will probably consume brownies at some point this holiday season. For whatever reason, perhaps it is their simplicity to make coupled with their chewy goodness, brownies are always a popular treat for holiday parties and the like. Despite their goodness, brownies tend to be "empty calories" (i.e. not much nutrient density per the calorie ratio). So, I thought how awesome would it be to have a brownie that can provide us with the nutrients we need as well as the tastiness we love?
his family growing and gathering their own food. This led him to understand the basic principles and importance of food in everyday life that would set the stage for his career as a chef. He attended school at Sullivan College in Louisville, Kentucky and began his professional career as a chef working in Louisville. in Louisville. After leaving Louisville, McMath was Chef de Cuisine under Chef Gerard Thabuis of Grand Casino Inc., Gulfport, MS. His success at Grand Casino led to his promotion within the Grand Casino Group to corporate research and development chef for all seven casinos owned by Grand Casino Inc. McMath spent just under three years fine tuning his craft in Tunica before opening his own restaurant, Timbeaux’s in Hernando, MS. Following Timbeaux’s, he opened two more successful restaurants. During his six years as Chef/Owner of these restaurants, Miles gained extensive experience as a chef and business manager. Miles taped over 100 cooking segments for local television show Mid South Living, where he appeared weekly for four years. He also appeared on the Food Network’s Simon Super Chefs Live and is a five time Gold Medal winner in National American Culinary Federation (ACF) competitions.
I have to laugh at some of these quotes, but I think Pollan makes some excellent points. It was a pleasure interviewing Miles for this post, and I hope you will all try out these marvelous brownies, not only for National Brownie Day, but throughout this holiday season. Bon Appetit!
Makes 12 brownies.
- 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 large farm eggs
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Organic cane sugar
- 1/2 cup Blueberry and Spinach Puree (recipe below)
- 4 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
- 2 Tbsp. flax meal
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup rolled oats, ground in a food processor
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray only the bottom (not the sides) of a 9-inch square baking pan. Make the Blueberry and Spinach Puree first (recipe below). Set aside. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.
Meanwhile, in another bowl, stir together the eggs, vanilla, sugar and Puree. Combine this mixture with
the cooled chocolate mixture.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the flours, Flax Meal, cocoa powder, oats and salt. Add to the chocolate
mixture and mix (do not over mix, similar to mixing pancake batter). Mix in the chopped walnuts, if using, then pour the entire mixture in to the baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting the brownies. Brownies will keep up to a week in the refrigerator, covered tightly.
Blueberry and Spinach Puree
Yields 1 cup
- 1 ½ cups raw baby spinach
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries
- 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- 2-3 Tbsp. water
Wash and dry the spinach thoroughly (even if it's triple-washed, bagged spinach). Bring the spinach and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer 10 minutes.
Rinse and drain blueberries. Place blueberries, cooked spinach and lemon juice in the work bowl of a food processor or blender. Process on high until smooth, stopping occasionally if necessary to scrape the bowl.
Add the more water if necessary, to make a smooth puree.
-Courtesy of Miles. T. McMath
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