Let’s get something straight. I think cooking and baking from scratch is great. It helps you learn a bit about the science of cooking/baking, it’s fun and can be a great bonding activity. To me it is also rewarding, whether it turns out “perfect” or not because I put time into it and my time is valuable.
That said, sometimes I want brownies from a box and that’s okay too! Not everything you bake has to be from scratch. For example, these brownies are made from a box mix, some mashed avocado (instead of the butter and oil it called for) and some water. Done! They’re moist, chewy, baked well and had delicious melty chocolate chips in them.
The box mix I used for the recipe was Kodiak Cakes Brownie Mix. I am one of their RD ambassadors but if you want to read more about how I work with brands and what that means for what I share here, click here. I am an honest person and especially as an RD I will always keep it real here. I do not want to share brands with you for the sake of it…so if I’m naming a brand, it’s because I like it and it’s up to you if you want to try it too!
The reason I like Kodiak is because they use whole grains in their products. This means that all three parts of the grain (germ, bran and endosperm) get used in the milling process and therefore it retains more vitamins, minerals and fiber. White flour based products only process the germ and bran meaning less fiber and nutrients. Do you have to eat whole grain for ALL of your grains? No, but I like to get them where I can and Kodiak foods are a great way to do that.
Most of their products are also high in protein. However, I like that it’s not a gargantuan amount of protein in their foods. When a product is trying to sell you on 20 plus grams of protein per serving, it’s often too gimmicky to me. Plus your body can only process so much protein at one time and you’re better off balancing in some protein, grains, fats, etc all together.
If you want to try this, you could try this recipe/not recipe with any box mix! Here’s what I did.
I took two avocados and essentially pureed them with a hand mixer on low speed for a minute or two. You could also use a fork and mash them up really good but try to get rid of the lumps. Mix that in with the baking mix and then add a little water as you mix it until it’s that gooey brownie consistency. This will vary depending on the mix. I started with ¼ cup water and increased by the tablespoon from there. You can always add more liquid but you can’t take it out once it’s in.
Bake according to the package direction and enjoy! If you opt to not add eggs then go lick that spoon too since you won’t have to worry about not food poisoning. I’m a corner brownie fan how bout you? I also prefer them chewy rather than cakey. I need to know what side of the brownie fence you’re on – tell me below or come say hi on Instagram and tell me there!