Did you know chocolate is considered a happy food? Not only because it’s delicious, but it also contains mood-boosting nutrients and stimulates chemicals in the body that elevate your mood.
One thing that’s for sure, chocolate makes my family happy. And brownies are a favorite in my house. I love the convenience of a boxed mix. I mean, all you have to do is add water, vegetable oil and eggs, mix and bake. So when I came across this recipe from I Am Baker, I was excited to try it. A homemade brownie mix made with simple ingredients and no preservatives. The preparation was just as easy as a boxed mix and the results? They were phenomenal!
These brownies are chewy, especially around the outer edges. They are gooey and fudgy, not cake-like at all. They are rich, extremely chocolaty and perfectly sweet.
The mix is simply flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Toss all that in a mason jar or ziplock bag and store away. When ready, all you add is vegetable oil, eggs and a dash of vanilla. See? Just as easy as a boxed mix, but so much simpler in terms of what’s in it and much cheaper also.
This homemade brownie mix is quick and easy to prepare. It’s cheaper than a store-bought mix and it has no preservatives. All you do is add 3 ingredients when ready to bake and the brownies are even better than any boxed mix.
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup (38g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup (64g) all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup (125ml) vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
- Sift all the dry ingredients together. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
- When ready to bake; preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
- Empty the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk in the vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla until just smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Mine was done at exactly 22 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack before cutting.