Post Thanksgiving – Cream Cheese Brownies + Chia Seeds

After you’ve filled up on everything at the table, here’s one way to feel a little better about having dessert. Not has chia been said to give you that “full feeling,” due to the gelatinous changes that it goes through in your stomach, but it’s also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 is not only present in fish, but in addition in some plants. In fact, it is particularly abundant in chia. By weight, chia contains a lot more omega-3 than salmon that is popularly known as omega3-rich source. The omega-3 “healthy fat” is known to counter the high-cholesterol (LDL) levels seen in the body.

Click to see a great recipe for Cream Cheese Brownies with Chia Seeds.

Ingredients:

8 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 Stick Organic Butter
Cream Cheese Mixture:
4 Ounces Organic Cream Cheese at room temperature (I used reduced fat)
2 Tbsp Unsalted Organic Butter
1 Organic Egg at room temperature
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Unbleached All Purpose Organic Flour
Dry Mixture:
1 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Organic Flour
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup Cane Sugar
3 Large Organic Eggs at room temperature
1/8 Cup Chia Seeds (we used Health Warrior chia seeds)

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 35o degrees.
Using a double broiler (heat-resistant glass bowl over simmering water) add stick of butter and semi-sweet chocolate. Allow to melt gently.
In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, butter, egg, sugar and flour. Mix until smooth and combined.
In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients – flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
Remove melted chocolate from heat. Stir gently to ensure butter and chocolate are combined. Add sugar and 3 eggs. Add the dry ingredients.  Mix gently until flour is incorporated.
You’ll  need a 9-inch baking pan. Grease the pan using cooking spray. Using 2 pieces of wax paper, layer in the pan in the form of a cross (one vertical, the other horizontal), spraying between layers, and finally spraying the top.
Pour most of the batter into the baking pan. Place small portions of the cream cheese mixture randomly on top. In the spaces, put the rest of the chocolate mixture.  Using a sharp knife, make a pattern using a continuous line from one end of the pan to the other (lets say, from left to right), about 2 inches apart until you get to the bottom. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Use the wax paper to help lift the brownie out of the pan. The extra greasing should help it slide out nicely. When cooled, cut into squares. Serve and enjoy!