because sometimes you just need brownies for breakfast

Remember eating leftover cake or brownies for breakfast when you were a kid? Wasn’t it the best treat in the world? Especially when there is only 2 weeks of school left, you’ve spent the last few weeks working hard at track and field and you just want that extra little weekend breakfast treat.

And it gives you that extra kick you might need to motivate your kids to go out and clean horse stalls.

If you make these the night before for a snack while watching your favourite family tv show, there should be some leftover to freeze for some lunch pail snacks and a couple for breakfast the next day.

These are quick and easy to throw together. In 45 minutes, you have brownies ready to eat. We usually leave out the nuts so that the kids have the option of taking a brownie in their lunch to school. I love them because they use cocoa and you don’t have the mess of melting chocolate.

We don’t even bother to frost these – just a little sprinkle of powdered sugar is pretty, if you get that far. You can try to make them healthier by switching some applesauce for some of the butter, but for an occasional treat I’m not sure that I would bother.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Brownies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves (optional) or chocolate chips

Melt the butter and mix all ingredients in the order given. Bake at 350F for 20 to 30 minutes in a 9 x 13 inch greased pan.

Linked to Six Sister’s Stuff, Frugally Sustainable, A Pinch of Joy

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31 thoughts on “because sometimes you just need brownies for breakfast

  1. I would have had something like this for breakfast, except it had gone mouldy!

  2. I love brownies – and for breakfast every once in a blue moon–not a bad thing. I don’t like nuts in my brownies – they sully the pure chocolate fudgy goodness–but chocolate chips are a good thing. Did yours inspire stall cleaning?

  3. There are brownies in our house today and I’m sure they’ll be eaten with breakfast. We call them “breakfast dessert” – good with coffee, too.

  4. oceannah says:

    how decadently delicious 😉

  5. Shira says:

    I could not agree more! We often enjoy chocolate for breakfast…though we don’t have horse stalls to clean we do have a rather small house. A few bites and we can get the place shiny in 20 minutes with all the sweet energy! Loving the track and field shot!

  6. Kerry says:

    Oh my yumness, what a great treat reminder… I shall make these tonite and we can eat some for breakfast before church tomorrow 😉

  7. Sherry says:

    I had chocolate cake this morning!

  8. Sounds like briberownies could be valuable asset for a horse owner! Looks fantastic.

  9. Kristi says:

    These look great! I love brownies, but don’t make them very often. I’ll bet I’d be a hero if I made these for breakfast one day. Of course, they would be eaten for lunch because my kids sleep til noon…….

  10. And I always thought it was just me who eats cake for breakfast! Now I feel less guilty!

  11. Somer says:

    Your title says it all!!! Nice track shots too!!!

  12. Sounds yummy and not too hard for me to make …Diane

  13. I love the title and the recipe. Brilliant and yummy.

  14. Charlene says:

    Love the look of concentration on your son’s face as he is getting ready to hand off the baton — certain that has something to do with having dessert for breakfast once in a while! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!

  15. […] We’ve officially started BBQ season here and have been grilling everything that we possibly can. I’m sorry that asparagus is done for the year, because we were really enjoying it marinated and grilled. We’ve had a few house guests on the weekends and the resulting treats were French breakfast (donut) muffins and brownies. […]

  16. LOVE this. I remember when a hurricane blew threw and knocked out our power for 2 weeks mom let us eat ice cream for breakfast every morning. It was wonderful!

  17. trisha says:

    would it be okay tasting to add flax and / or hemp hearts? How much would i add?

  18. I sometimes sneak some ground flax in baking – just reduce the flour by a tbsp or two and give it a try. I’ve only used ground though. It’s worth an experiment.

  19. Trisha says:

    So I replaced the butter with coconut oil and added ground flax and hemp hearts………kinda nutty tasting! Not bad, but I prefer your original recipe

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