A Recipe for Nutritious Brownies: Enjoy a Guilt-Free Valentines Treat

Chocolate and wheat germ?  Who knew they could be so good together!  When I was little, I savored the smell and taste of these yummy brownies and now I’m making them for my son.  They’re full of wholesome ingredients but they don’t taste like it!  The recipe is from a cookbook for parents entitled Feed Me, I’m Yours.

Nutritious Brownies:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup dry cocoa or 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate

Mix together all ingredients except the dry milk, baking powder and dry cocoa.  (If using squares of chocolate, melt in a double boiler and add here.)  Sift the dry milk, baking powder and cocoa through a sieve into the other ingredients and stir well.  Spread in a very heavily greased 8×8″ pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Turn out of pan immediately and cut into bars while still warm.  

That last direction is VERY important!  If you don’t remove the brownies immediately from the pan and cut them they’ll get stuck together.  They’re wonderfully chewy and delicious, but they do solidify if you don’t remove them from the pan and cut right away.  Mmmm..  I’m off to go make a batch of my own!


  1. Joy, have you had success using either cocoa or unsweetened baker’s chocolate? They are usually not interchangeable in recipes!

  2. Rebecca,
    Great question! The recipe I have is copied directly from the cookbook so apparently it can work with either. For safety’s sake, you could throw in a few tablespoons of oil if you’re using cocoa since that’s usually how the ingredients are converted between powdered chocolate and conventional baking chocolate.

  3. looks great! I’ll have to try that.

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