In the Kitchen: Semi-Homemade Brownies

I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. A while back I had bought reduced guilt brownie mix, but never found a need for it. Then, last week I was at TJ's and saw, under glowing light, vanilla beans. Well, I couldn't just leave them there. So, I picked up a pack knowing I'd find something to use them in.

When I started feeling better on Sunday afternoon, I decided to test out these reduced guilt brownies. My method was experimental because all I had was plain greek yogurt when the package calls for vanilla yogurt. But I gave it a try anyway, and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

My ingredients:
1 package of TJ's reduced guilt brownies
3/4 c plain greek yogurt
1/4 c no sugar added applesauce
1 vanilla bean

powder sugar and almond milk

My method:
Mix the brownie ingredients until incorporated. If you've never worked with a vanilla bean, you simple split the bean and scrape out the brown specks inside. The batter should be thick, but well mixed. Bake according to package or until fork inserted comes out clean.

While brownies are still warm (not hot) poke holes in brownies with a fork. This is so the icing seeps in making these brownies moist and delicious. Mix the icing ingredients until smooth and pour over the brownies. Once set, cut and enjoy!

So they may not be reduced guilt, but they were boy approved.

S. Roderick

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