In the many years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever participated in a recipe contest. Surprising, right? Or I did and I just can’t remember because my memory flew out the window when I turned 30. That birthday hit me hard, you guys! I need to start downing fish oils and omega 3s. But meanwhile, I’ve been downing brownies. There are vitamins in there, right? 😉
Krusteaz reached out to me this fall in hopes that I’d participate in their Blogger Bake-Off. I was immediately on board. I love baking and am always proud of making things from scratch, rather than using something out of a box. That said, I know there are some excellent mixes out there that are great in a pinch. During the holidays when things are go go go, difficult recipes with a slew of ingredients aren’t always feasible. And that’s where Krusteaz can save the day with their new line of Gluten Free Mixes.
For the bake-off, I was sent each of the above mixes and was to choose one to create an amped up recipe. Naturally, I chose the chocolate brownie mix. I added a little bit of crunch, a little bit of java, and a little bit of love to make these babies…
Crispy Coffee Brownies
Prep time: 5 min. Bake time: 30 min. Level of Difficulty: Easy
- 1 package Krusteaz Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp. coffee grounds
- 1 cup gluten free crispy rice cereal
Preheat oven to 325* and lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together brownie mix, water, oil, egg, and coffee grounds until combined. Gently fold in cereal with a spatula. Spoon batter into lightly greased baking pan and spread evenly. Bake at 325°F for 25-30 minutes. Once brownies are done, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
The crunch gives them a nice texture and the coffee adds some richness. While it’s hard to detect an actual coffee flavor, it gives the brownies some depth. I made these for Thanksgiving and my family gobbled them right up. To me, that means they were a success! Trust me, my little cousins are brutally honest and will tell me flat out if my recipes are a fail. These passed the munchkins’ test…and mine too!
If you want to find Krusteaz mixes in your area, they have a store locator that will let you search by product.
Brownie preference: cakey or fudgy?