I’ll admit it…while I know sugar is bad, I do have a sweet tooth! Sometimes you just need a little treat. When I do indulge though, I like to make sure what I’m having is as good as possible.
My husband had been saying he wanted some s’mores for quite a long time (pregnancy craving, perhaps?). I decided I’d make some s’mores for him but with a twist. I had seen a recipe for S’mores Brownies on Pinterest but of course it used a box of brownie mix, canola oil, and other yucky stuff. I knew I could make a delicious and outstanding brownie all from scratch using all organic ingredients.
I started by making my homemade marshmallows with this great recipe from Wellness Mama. I used to use a Martha Stewart recipe but it unfortunately had corn syrup. I thought I might never be able to enjoy homemade marshmallows again so I was thrilled when I came across this recipe. They taste so yummy! I ended up not using marshmallow root and probiotics since I didn’t have any on hand and they still turned out great. Since the marshmallows need time to set up, you may want to make them the night before the brownies or make them in the morning to allow plenty of time to firm up.
Once the marshmallows are ready to go, it’s time to get the brownies started. I used an awesome brownie recipe from Kitchen Stewarship’s awesome Smart Sweets book. If you are like me and like your sweets to have a little something going for them, you’ll love this book! You can get all of Katie’s great eBooks here.
1 3/4 cup organic white whole wheat flour (I blended my whole wheat with all purpose)
1/4 cup raw milk
1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup organic, unsweetened applesauce OR 1/2 more melted fat (I ended up using coconut oil for this and butter for the 1/2 cup above)
5 farm fresh eggs
1 3/4 sucanat OR organic sugar
1 tsp Real Salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup organic cocoa
Homemade marshmallows (from recipe above) ripped into pieces. You can use as few or as many as you want
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) I didn’t use chocolate chips and mine turned out just fine
Organic graham crackers
**I increased the cocoa powder to 1 cup and reduced the flour by one cup. If you like a little extra chocolate taste, you can take this step or follow the recipe as listed above.
Preheat oven to 350. Add all the ingredients, except marshmallows and chocolate chips (if using), to your stand mixer or a large bowl and mix well. Once combined, toss in the marshmallow pieces and chocolate chips. Look at that delicious batter!
Grease a 9 x 13 pan (I used coconut oil but butter would also work) and crumble some graham crackers into the bottom of the pan. Pour the batter into the pan and add a few graham cracker pieces to the top of the batter, pushing down slightly. It should look something like the picture below.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Take your marshmallow pieces and lay them across the brownies. Pop it back into the oven just until the marshmallows are nice and melted. Mmm! Don’t those look delicious?!
As good as they looked, after trying one I felt like something was missing. That something was more toasty, melty marshmallows. Easy fix! Just add some more.
I couldn’t wait for them to fully cool before digging in and I must say, they are outstanding still warm! Also, when serving these, you may need to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to reheat the marshmallow. We tried them not heated and the marshmallow was a little difficult to chew through.
These are so delicious and made a treat we really enjoyed! I didn’t feel too awful eating them because I used high quality gelatin from grass-fed cows and all organic ingredients. They were outstanding and I’m sure we might be enjoying them again soon.
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This recipe is part of the amazing Real Food Wednesday blog carnival.