Brownies. Bad Food? Not so fast!


I’m learning valuable lessons in this whole Real Food way eating. It’s more a way of living. It’s freeing and takes so much of the stress out of eating for me. This week I NEED chocolate. Most likely I really need magnesium, but chocolate is what I WANT. Brownies, cake, mousse, chocolate milk…whatever. I could resist the ‘temptation’ and eat a carrot. I could indulge in processed, chemical-filled, hydrogenated oil brownies and feel like crud tomorrow. OR…I could adapt what some would call ‘bad food’ and make it good. What? Good brownies? Do those even exist? YES! They do. Weed ‘Em and Reap proves it with this awesome recipe! I happened to have everything in my kitchen today to make them real and good and nourishing AND tasty! I am surprised they made it into the oven because the batter was like a smooth and creamy mousse. It was hard to wait for them to cook.

What makes these ‘good’? Well…REAL FOOD. Breaking down the ingredients might give you a better idea of how brownies can be real food.

Pastured eggs
Eggs from chickens who are raised outside and eat lots of grubs and bugs and get lots of sun are more nutrient dense than commercial, store bought eggs (organic or not)!

From CheeseSlave
Compared to supermarket eggs (from factory farms), real pastured eggs have:

5 times more vitamin D
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene


Grass Fed Butter

Butter is GOOD? YES! Butter from grass-fed cows has numerous benefits, especially over hydrogenated and denatured fats.

Check out what Food Renegade has to say about butter:

Butter is More “Heart-Healthy”
Butter Contains Cancer-Fighting Fats
Butter Protects Against Degenerative Arthritis
Butter Promotes A Healthy Brain & Nervous System
Butter Protects The Gut
In Short, Butter Is Awesome



Whole natural sugar cane has some valuable nutrients that are lost when processed into simple white sugar. Keep it close to its natural form and it’s got some good stuff in it! It’s still a good idea to keep an eye on the amount of natural sugars you eat, but having a dish sweetened with natural sugar on occasion is a nice treat.

From Weed ’em and Reap:

The sugar that I recommend, that is truly the LEAST processed is called Sucanat. Sucanat stands for “Sugar Cane Natural”. Sucanat is simply dehydrated, freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. It is also a good source of iron, calcium, potassium, B vitamins and chromium. I choose Organic Sucanat because then I know for sure it is NOT genetically modified. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE ON SWITCHING TO GOOD SUGARS AT WEED ‘EM AND REAP HERE


Chocolate gets a bad rap. It’s not the chocolate part of chocolate that is concerning. It’s the processed, hydrogenated fats and empty sugars that usually come WITH the chocolate that cause the problems.

According to one study:
Cacao(or cocoa) has more antioxidants than teas and red wine
Cacao has more phytochemicals and flavanoids than teas and red wine

*There is some controversy over one compound in chocolate ‘theobromine’ but the more I read about it, the more I believe that, while it is similar to caffeine, it is NOT caffeine and does not effect the central nervous system.


Salt (where to buy)
Regular table salt has been chemically bleached and stripped of a lot of natural minerals. Those minerals are then sold back to you in your supplements! Just use real sea salt and you won’t have to add your minerals back in other ways.

From Thank Your Body’s great article on salt:
Real salt should have all its minerals in tact. This means that real salt rarely resembles the white and perfectly uniform crystals you see at your local diner. My favorite salt has a spectrum of colors from pink to gray. It’s full of mineral goodness, and I have noticed a tremendous benefit to my health by getting more salt into my diet. It’s “made” just the way nature intended it because it’s made by nature… not man. (And did I mention how good it tastes?)


You don’t have to give up your favorite recipes to eat real foods. Just use real ingredients and make the recipe fit the way your body WANTS to be nourished. The stack of brownies in the photo above barely made it through the photo session. The kids were finishing lunch as I was shooting and asked several times “Can we have a brownie now?” “What about now?” And when I gave up on getting the perfect shot, they disappeared. Not once did I hear “We want brownies like we used to have.” I didn’t hear anything. Their mouths were full of deliciousness and I was happy I could satisfy their sweetest desires(OK…and mine!) with a bit of goodness.


Thsi post is also shared at Butter Believer

3 Thoughts on “Brownies. Bad Food? Not so fast!

  1. Kristen S on May 31, 2013 at 9:46 am said:

    Will you make these for me when we visit? 😉 They look so good!!

  2. Renee on May 31, 2013 at 11:01 am said:

    I can have brownies? YAY!!! Thanks for the great info on healthy sugars. I am a sugarholic and am always looking for a “healthy” alternative to sugar.

  3. I’m not ashamed to tell you that Bee Charmer fell in love with these brownies. I even gave Bee Charmer a quarter of the pan to take home to share with her family, and you’ll never believe what she did? (Actually if you knew her you would because it’s chocolate, and she doesn’t share chocolate. It will take like 23 years before she’ll break down and share ANY chocolate with you.) You guessed it; Bee Charmer inhaled the brownies and said her family would never knew they existed until she made them a pan. TSM and I got a good laugh out of that!

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