Kubla has developed a craving for brownies. The ones at the store are full of sugar and chemicals. I decide to make a healthier version at home.
I look up a recipe online. I cut the sugar. I substitute whole wheat flour for white. It turns out pretty well. But not as tasty as what we get at the store.
A couple days later—I make some more tweaks. The result is now as good as we’ve ever had, and much healthier.
The next week I make some more changes—Disaster! Soon I see more store-bought brownies in the house again.
Another week and we feel like brownies again. I do some more substitutions—Success!
One more set of improvements and we are all very pleased, indeed.
Kubla wants to bake brownies again. I have a few more ideas up my sleeve.
“Kubla, should we attempt a 6th version of brownies, possibly discovering the best chocolatey goodness of all time, but risk total failure? Or settle for version 5, the best brownies we’ve ever had?”
“Go for the best chocolatey goodness of all time!”
You judge for yourself.
Jonathan’s Kubla-Approved, Healthy Junk Food Brownie Recipe
Mix in a bowl:
- 1/2 cup of coca powder
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Then in another bowl cream:
- 1 stick of softened butter
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
In a third bowl mix:
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of yogurt
Mix together the 2 bowls of wet ingredients. Then slowly mix in the dry ingredients.
Transfer to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and mix in so they are just under the surface.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Fresh out of the oven Brownies are a delight. But they are even better the next day, when they dry out a little and become extra chewy.
How do you teach your kids excellence? How good is good enough? Is it ok to fail in pursuit of greatness?
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