SHUT UP Brownies

Of course, you don’t HAVE to call them that.  In some places, such as my classroom, “Shut up” is considered a bad word and unusable.  But.  Seriously.  When I pulled these puppies out of the oven, it was the first thing that came out of my mouth.  After a quick application of a bit of 50% less sugar icing.  Mmm….

And, just in case that picture doesn’t persuade you to make them, this fact will.  NO SUGAR. NO CARBS.  STILL GOOD BROWNIES.

I know what you are thinking and no, I will not shut up.

Here is the recipe.

SHUT UP BROWNIES (aka muffins aka “Good for ya brownies”)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray muffin pan. I use my pampered chef muffin stone & it comes out perfect. [This is actually what the recipe said, I don’t personally own a pampered chef muffin stone.  Though just the thought of it makes me drool more than these brownies.]

In one bowl, stir:

2 Cups oat bran

[I photographed said “oat bran” because seriously I had NO IDEA what this junk was.  It is in the hot cereal area of the grocery.]

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Package of fat free/sugar free chocolate pudding mix, small
1/4 Cup of cocoa, unsweetened
1/2 Cup Splenda [I don’t LOVE Splenda, but it worked.  I feel all chemically on the inside if I eat too much Splenda.  But that’s really an “Annie problem” and probably not “blog worthy”.]
Pinch of salt

In another bowl, mix:

3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Cup fat free milk
2 very ripe bananas mashed
1 TBS. instant espresso coffee crystals

Add liquid bowl into dry bowl, mix quickly.  It will be pretty thick, but that is fine.  I promise.  Don’t go pouring milk or chicken broth or something all up in the batter.  Let it be.  Okay?

Pour into muffin pan. For example, my muffin pan is shaped like footballs.  Because that is how the ladies of the SEC roll.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until done.  Cute, huh?  You ain’t seen nothing yet…..  (I know the colors of these pics are crazy, sorry.)

You can also make these as muffins or a cake.  Adjust cooking time if you do a cake.  I have no clue how long- until the knife comes out steamy and clean.  [Very technical directions, I know.]

Look at my sweet friend Graham holding them SHUT UP BROWNIES.  Heck yes I decorated them like footballs.  It was game day and the Georgia Bulldogs deserve nothing less.  Some people support with their “monetary contributions to the University” or something ridiculously useful useless like that.

And I?  I bake.  Honestly, what more should be asked of an alumni?

P.S- Can we talk about why in the world I am baking and cooking like crazy these days?  I have no idea.  I know what you are thinking and yes, I AM going to make a fine wife some day.  And trust me, I’ve been saying that for YEARS.  We just need some cute dude to listen….. 🙂

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