When we’re searching for the perfect brownie, we see that a lot of recipes fall into the “fudgy” or “cakey” camp. Well, that’s a paradigm for brownie lightweights. When we have a hankering for brownies, we’re looking beyond basic batters to find the most decadent flavor and texture mashups. Got a craving for crunch? Try a brownie with popcorn or corn flakes. Want to amp up the richness? Mix in cheese cake or red velvet. Like it minty? Add creme de menthe or Peppermint Patties. Salt and sweet? Salted pretzels or salted caramel. Extra-extra sweet? Pralines or dulce de leche. You see where we’re going with this. Are you coming along? Here are 20 of the most over-the-top brownies you’ll ever eat.
Speaking of decadent, over at Averie Cooks, Averie is whipping up some chocolate-coconut “Mounds Bar” brownies. OMG. Like the namesake candy bar, these brownies are a mashup of deep, dark chocolate and creamy coconut filling. The base is a dark 72% chocolate-fudge brownie, topped with a coconut layer made from sweetened condensed milk and shredded coconut. As if that’s not enough, the bars are then topped with melted chocolate chips. Devine!
Brownies don’t have to be a once a year indulgence, if you know about the BEAN hack. If you’re gluten-free, you already know that black beans are a great substitute for flour in gluten-free baking. Well, they’re perfect in brownies, because the chocolate masks both the color and flavor of bean and the texture is just right. When you substitute beans for flour, you’re not just making your brownies gluten-free, you’re making them more healthy, overall. You’ll be cutting the calories and increasing the fiber, while also removing the gluten. Here’s how to make healthy brownies, using black beans. This recipe is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free and has no added sugar. But most important, it’s delicious!
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(Photo via Averie Cooks)