As a mom of two I can attest that the words “stop playing with your food?” have most certainly come out of my mouth. So, as I was playing with brownies in the kitchen, I thought to myself, man I really need to work on rewording how I talk to the kids about playing with food, because I love playing with food!!!! I guess I will just have to specify that we play with food at designated times and not at the dinner table.
Creativity in the kitchen is what makes food so much more than just sustenance. We associate food with people, places, and emotions. We are able to express ourselves through food. Have you seen some chocolatiers at work? Master bakers? Pit smokers? Food is an experience: one that can touch all the senses. The obvious is taste; but also the sounds of ingredients cooking, the aromas, the textures, and the presentation.
If we didn’t play with our food, we wouldn’t have the amazing experiences we do. If we didn’t play with our food, we wouldn’t be able to develop specific recipes for those with allergies or for medical conditions that affect digestion, and to provide healthier and tastier options than ever before.
Food can also be an indulgence. We love our brownies and love sharing them with everyone we meet.
I personally love to play with our existing recipes and will be bringing you a variation of our brownies and blondies every week. These variations make them just a little extra special to enjoy.
If you love brownies and love the iconic almond joy candy bar then this is just for you!!
Almond Coconut Brownie
What you need:
1 Off kilter brownie mix made as directed
2/3 cup slivered almonds divided in half
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Prepare your brownies by adding, 2 eggs, 3 oz melted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (you can also use our Vegan version is you wish). After you have mixed your brownies of choice stir in 1/3 cup of almond slivers and bake as directed.
While our brownies bake, I would like to take a moment and tell you about how joining the Jarvis family converted me to being a “parchment liner” girl! They use parchment to line all pans for brownies; I never knew how easy parchment paper makes the clean up! I’m totally hooked! Seriously it makes cutting and serving, as well as, clean up so much easier. I will never go back.
Also, while the brownies are baking our resident kitchen fairy has waited patiently to “wick” the spatula and engage in her favorite activity of washing the dishes. Having my kids in the kitchen with me is one of my greatest joys and I love how it engages their mind in so many ways.
Brownies out of the oven and now to play!!! Let’s dress up these yummies and finish them off!!! Equal parts of mini chocolate chips, sweetened shredded coconut, and some more slivered almonds. I personally like to sprinkle half the chips first then the coconut and almonds and then the last half to the chips. The melting chips kind of glue all the goodness together.
After you have sprinkled your toppings over the warm brownies, pop them back in the oven under the broiler on low for a minute or two. Just enough to toast your coconut and melt those chips. I just leave the door cracked and watch the browning so I don’t burn them.
Here we go!!!! Toasty, crunchy, chocolatey goodness with the sweet sweet taste of coconut for the almond joy lover!
We hope you love this variation as much as we do and can’t wait to bring you something new next week.
Have a joyful day!