After my mammoth bake-off in preparation for our fund-raising cake sale at school just before half-term, I decided to take a break from the kitchen and hang up my oven gloves for a few days. With the new term looming and having enjoyed a peaceful weekend with G and M, Sunday afternoon found me itching to try a new bake to create an easy treat for the children to enjoy. My last few sweet treat recipes have been full of sugar, so I wanted to find something delicious, but also a lot healthier than my current favourites. Browsing on-line, I stumbled across this recipe for Gluten-free Brownies and decided to use it as a basis for my very own chocolate brownie masterpiece. I followed the basics, made some necessary tweaks for a M-friendly treat, added a dash of this and a dollop of that, threw the mixture into the oven and kept my fingers crossed for the outcome.
The end result was surprisingly successful and both children have declared it a winner in their eyes. The brownies were moist, delicious and definitely not overly sweet. In making this recipe my own, I chose to add dried cranberries and some glace cherries as they were hiding at the back of the cupboard, but you really could add almost any fruit of your choice. This makes them a great way of getting more fruit into your child’s diet, which is a particularly difficult feat when it comes to G. If you prefer your brownies a little sweeter, then I’m sure that adding a spoonful or two of honey would help. Whatever your preferences, I’m pleased with my first M-friendly chocolate brownies especially as they mark my first experimentation with creating a recipe of my own.