My housemate Mary just recently turned me on to using past-prime brownies in smoothies and puddings. I know that sounds weird, but seriously, it is the best way to eat up those slightly dry baked goods! Combined with a little non-dairy milk and a slew of other ingredients, those old dry brownies transform into a rich, chocolatey, creamy smoothie or pudding. I hate throwing away food, so discovering a way to reuse baked goods in a new way is totally up my alley.
How do you do it? Simple. Just put chunks of dry, leftover brownie in your blender, with a bunch of other ingredients (hints below, keep reading). If you have a lot of leftover brownie pieces, cut them into small cubes and put them in the freezer to use later on. These frozen chunks are like ice cubes, but better because they are full of chocolate goodness!
As for what you combine with your brownies, the world is your chocolate-covered oyster. How about banana and nut butter? Or maybe frozen cherries and hemp seed? Or coconut milk, maca, and cacao? Or maybe chocolate with carob powder, protein powder, and a handful of spinach (seriously)? Anything goes, the options are endless. If you want a thick, creamy pudding, I"d recommend adding only enough liquid to blend, as well as a tablespoon or two of chia seeds.
Here are some of my favorite ingredients to mix-n-match with leftover brownies:
- your favorite "milk" or coconut milk
- stevia or another natural sweetener
- cacao nibs
- carob or cacao powder
- cinnamon or other spices
- nut/seed butter or nuts/seeds
- hemp or flax seeds
- protein powder
- plain or frozen banana
- spinach or kale leaves (if you're wacky like me)
- frozen cherries or raspberries
- anything else your heart desires
Brilliant. Totally brilliant!