Think chocolatey chewiness, like the very edge of a pan of brownies, but a whole sheets worth. That my friends is brownie bark and when I saw this recipe by the talented Becky (just look at those pictures!) over at A Bite of Becky I knew this had to happen asap. Also ice cream season summer means that I always have egg whites to spare and this seemed like a far better use for them than my thousandth omelet. It is also very easy to whip up.
My first batch had the 2 tbsp of Cocoa powder that Becky recommended but my El Camino cocoa is clearly made of weaker stuff because I ended up with these.
At 3tbsp however magic happened – I am talking dense dark chocolatey magic, the kind that makes it difficult to eat just one piece even though rationally you know one piece ought to be enough. Add on a sprinkle of sea salt and resisting is just not an option.
These are best the day they are made and keep well for an additional 2 days.
As it warms up we are out and about a lot more and I like to have snacks on hand that don’t have an unpronounceable list of ingredients. My last granola bar attempt was a total disaster and I ended up with a sickly sweet mess. Now thanks to Ninja Naan I have a recipe that works! It has a few ingredients and is so quick to make. The coconut flavour is subtle- it basically adds a wholesome chewiness to an otherwise crunchy bar. If you want to amp it up then use coconut extract instead of the vanilla. I halved the original recipe to make them in a 9*9 pan. Not sure why I keep doing that since I have made it twice in the last week!
I have been having a lot of sweet stuff lately. I blame it on the holidays. Or the newborn. Or family birthdays. Really with all those reasons to eat dessert it astounds me that I can make time for more savory foods, but I somehow did 🙂
For those of you familiar with a ‘paratha’ this is the Asian version of it. The recipe is from Brown Eyed Baker and with the exception of the addition of half a finely diced green chili I made it as is. My husband described this as a fun snack and I agree. My pancake/paratha making skills are pretty pathetic so it took me a while to figure out how to roll the dough out right, but the dipping sauce was a breeze and I am sure it would work well with a variety of things.