For Those Who Stare at Fudge Brownies

Fudgy Brownies

Time seems to slur together, day and night becoming the same. I suppose this is the price we pay for electric lighting. I wake up half asleep and lay in bed fully awake, always trapped in a world where there are ladders without sides. It’s as if everything is occurring in this dream world and I can no longer distinguish what is real and what is in my mind. Is my face really that bloated or was that in another world?

A world full of ladders without sides.

I used a circular bowl so I had to "make" a brownie shape

Decadent 5-minute 75-calorie Brownie (Microwave)
makes 2 brownies (3″ X 3″)

  • 1/4 c. mashed Fiber One Original Bran (mash it till it has the consistency of flour)
  • 1 T. cocoa powder OR chocolate coffee
  • 1/2 t. baking POWDER OR 1/4 t. baking POWDER + 1/8 t. baking soda
  • 2T. sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/8 t. guar gum OR 1/4 c. natural applesauce
  • a little extract (almond, raspberry, coconut, hazelnut, strawberry, mint or good old vanilla)
  • 1 T. light butter, melted (I used Bestlife Buttery Baking Sticks which are made out of oils, not dairy) OR 1 T. peanut butter for a peanut butter chocolate brownie

→Mix the butter, applesauce and extract in a small-medium microwave-bowl.

In a different bowl, whisk the fiber one, cocoa, baking powder (and soda) and sugar substitute. Add this mixture to the ingredients in the first step.

Add a little water and spread it around with a spoon to make the top even. You want it to be the consistency of drop cookie batter. (SEE NOTE)

Cover with plastic wrap (My tree-hugger instincts won’t let me buy plastic wrap so I use old cut up cereal bags and popcorn wrappers. I don’t really know why I’m mentioning this peculiarity, but, well, there it is). If you do use the plastic, make sure to allow a way for it to vent (a slit, a hole, a few holes….whatever).

Microwave for 2-3 minutes, turning halfway through. I find varies depending on how much water I add.

After about 2.5 minutes (when the brownie is still a little soft on top), remove the plastic wrap and cook for about another 30 seconds. You don’t have to do this, but I find it gives it a little extra chewiness and makes it an “eat out of hand” brownie instead of a “eat with a spoon” one.

After this, it will still look a little undercooked. That’s ok. DO NOT MICROWAVE IT ANYMORE OR YOU WILL HAVE A ROCK BROWNIE. Take the brownie out of the microwave and let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute. This will help dry out the top a bit and firm it up.

Feel free to stare. You know who you are. Oh, and, by the way, this just happens to be vegan too.

*NOTES: If you choose to use the guar gum, you’ll need to add about 3 T. of water and use only baking powder. The guar gum version has fewer calories and cooks a little quicker so you’ll need to watch it more carefully.

If you choose to use the applesauce, you’ll need to add a little less water (about 1-2T.) and use the baking powder/soda mix. To keep the butter from clumping up again, make sure the applesauce is room temperature before adding it.

I would recommend the applesauce version only because it is easier to get it right. The guar gum version tends to dry out around the edges very easily and become hard if left out for even five minutes. I’ve gotten it right a few times, where it stayed moist and tasted great, but those were pure chance. If you really want to mix it up, do half of each, using 1/4 t. plus a pinch baking powder and a pinch or two of baking soda.

Also, I am still learning more about guar gum, so I don’t have a lot of information. For the wikipedia article, click here. Hopefully I’ll be able to add a page on it under the “unique ingredients” in the near future.

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4 responses to “For Those Who Stare at Fudge Brownies

  1. sarah February 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    😀 yay! I WILL be trying this out in the near future!

  2. Mekkie February 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Let me know how it goes!

    Honestly, I get more “brownie” with the coffee than with the cocoa powder, but it really does come out different every time. I don’t know why. I think it’s because I don’t measure the water/liquid ingredients.

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