The best thing about boxed brownies mixes are the convenience and ease of use. It’s really hard to screw up a boxed brownie mix. If you have a half hour, you can make the fudgy, chewy treats for a quick chocolate fix.
But those two selling points are also the pre-made mixes biggest limitations. You’ll scratch that chocolate itch but you really won’t wow anyone with the results. Even the best box mix will still be a box mix. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can do to dress up that box mix.
My youngest, Allison, like most young kids, has a pretty narrow palette on what she likes to eat. We’re lucky because that range includes a few fruits and vegetables. She doesn’t eat widely, but she doesn’t eat that unhealthy, either. Her one exception? Dessert. She is a connoisseur of sweet treats. That girl has a sweet tooth that is going to lead to some major dental bills.
In an effort to provide a (slightly) more healthy treat option than the ubiquitous box mixes, I tried this quick, easy, no-bake brownie recipe loaded with nuts and dates, but still full of fudgy, chocolate flavor that would satisfy a kid’s dessert demands.
You know if I’m leading with the junk drawer then it was a light day on the agenda in the Donohue household. With upcoming trips next week to both NYC (no kids!) and Chicago (with kids), we purposely decided to take it pretty easy. At least, I did. Michelle and I have very different views on taking it easy.
Basically, Michelle can’t do it. Unless she’s in Hawaii. Even then….. I, on the other hand, have no problem reading a book for 8 hours straight and ignoring the clutter for a time.
This is how we ended up purging all the junk drawers, cubbies, nooks, and closets that had sprung up around the house. C’mon admit, you too, have more than one!