After all those nachos and chicken wings and dips you might as well reduce a teeny bit of guilt with these brownies. They’re still a crowd pleaser; we just reduced some fat and sugar. And they’re so easy to make my two year old can do it. And so he did! I helped measured. He poured, stirred and licked. Check out my 2 year old baker after the jump…
Measuring The Sugar 1 of 17He needed a little help getting the proper measurement.
Pouring The Sugar 2 of 17Once we got just the right amount of sugar he was all over pouring it into the bowl.
Measuring Cocoa Powder 3 of 17I assisted, but only assisted. Have faith in your little ones.
Cocoa Powder Pour 4 of 17Just in case you thought that last shot was staged, here he is pouring the cocoa into the bowl.
Spillage 5 of 17He got to run his fingers through the spilled sugar.
Adding The Flour 6 of 17He's very fascinated with watching the flour pour into the bowl
Adding The Almond Meal 7 of 17Look at that face. This might be the coolest thing he has ever done.
Stirring The Dry Ingredients 8 of 17He's really get into it.
Proud Stirrer 9 of 17Actually this is the coolest thing he has ever done.
Adding The Yogurt 10 of 17He loved this and kept taking yogurt licks.
Stirring The Wet Ingredients 11 of 17Watching as it turned from powder to batter.
Spreading Out The Brownies 12 of 17And being so helpful with his little hands.
The Aftermath 13 of 17For those of you who fear the mess of a 2 year old (he's 2 yrs 4 mos) this only took 5 minutes to clean up, including washing him up. It's worth the 5 minutes.
Cutting Footballs 14 of 17He pushed and banged his heart out until...
Out Popped A Football 15 of 17Another proud moment for my boy.
Creating ‘Laces’ 16 of 17He may have come up with his own design and I created the laces. I liked his better.
He Liked His Better Too 17 of 17Yum!
Reduced Guilt Football Brownies
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup all purpose flour
heaping 1/8 cup almond meal
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg whites
1 tube of white icing.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 9 baking pan. Combine the dry ingredients. Pour in the yogurt, butter, vanilla and egg whites and stir until all big lumps are gone. Pour into baking dish and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Using a football shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as possible and ice the tops to look like football laces. Makes 8 brownies and recipe can easily be doubled.
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