Not-So-Bad-For-You Valentine’s Brownies

So how about those commercials last night! Some definite funny ones! My favorite was the VW ‘The Force’ commercial. While Logan, Ben and I were enjoying these commercials, we were loving these brownies.

I hadn’t made brownies in quite a while. However, lately I have been drooling over all of the different brownies that Evan, from The Wannabe Chef, has been baking. I thought I’d try his Better Than Boxed Brownies…with a little chocolate & carrots twist!

I didn’t have any gluten-free all-purpose flour, so I used the good ol’e whole wheat pastry flour. They seemed to be more crumbly than Evan’s looked from his photos. But, crumbs never stopped me from eating a brownie! 😉

The chocoholic I am, I chose to top these delicious brownies with dark chocolate M&M’s. Yum! The definitely give these a nice crunch in every bite. But, feel free to top these with anything your heart desires. 😀

Warning: Brownies are best consumed warm with a glass of milk.

Not-So-Bad-For-You Valentine’s Brownies

adapted from The Wannabe Chef


  • 1/2 cup 60% dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup m&m’s (or your favorite topping)


  1. Preheat the oven 350°.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and canola oil in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds.
  3. Stir in the water, vanilla and egg until blended.
  4. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir together and spread out in an 8″X8″ dish.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


    1. I put them on before I put the in the oven. I also pushed them into the brownies just a little bit to insure that they would stick. 😀

    1. Unfortunately, dark chocolate M&M’s are not vegan. They contain some skim milk…although it is less than found in regular M&M’s. You could use sprinkles on top for some color and a nice crunch! 😀

    1. I’m not sure. It will definitely make them more light and fluffy, but you might need more/less liquid. I don’t think you’d have any problems making them with maybe half all purpose and half whole wheat flour. I hope that helps Bianca. 🙂

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