Ancho Chili Chocolate Brownies – Busy Sunday

by Destini on May 20, 2012

Sunday’s always seem to be a very busy day for me. I rather relax. But I usually meal plan, grocery shop, meal prep, do laundry and finish any tidying up needed for the week to come. Today is a lucky day for me, It is a long weekend and apparently stores are open tomorrow! Though I meal plan from Sunday through Saturday……so I still need to go to the grocery store. In fact I better write this quick as it’s 3:35(stores close at 6) and I still haven’t written my grocery list! I am obsessed with lists, I spend less and am able to get in and out of the grocery store much quicker. Otherwise I spend tons of time in them. I really enjoy finding new products.

I don’t think I have spoken much regarding this amazing group I so luckily have found! I was actually introduced to the Manitoba Food Bloggers Group back when I did The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap by Elaina over at Flavour Food and Wine. This group will meet every other month at local restaurants or farms that will host us, allow us to taste their food, local companies will provide swag and it is in general just a great time. I feel so fortunate to have met some amazingly creative people, who share in my enthusiasm for food, photography and blogging. This past Friday, in an effort to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day on May 19th, we held a bake sale at a local bookstore called Aqua Books. Manitoba Canola Growers created a bake-off for a fun little competition and in all seemed to be a great turn out! It was durning the day, so I was unable to attend. But I did drop off my goodies the night before. I wanted to make something unique and also something people love at bake sales…..brownies. A few weeks back we went to a local bistro called Deseo Bistro, George had ordered a flourless chili chocolate cake with sea salt on top. And he just fell in love with it and has not stopped talking about it since. In George fashion, he insisted this was what I baked. This isn’t flourless, though I am working on a black bean version, it just wasn’t bake sale/competition ready.

Ingredients: Yields: 16 brownies

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp. Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 ounces dark (90%) chocolate
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate with chili
  • ½ cup unsalted canola butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ 1tsp ground espresso
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Ground sea salt for top(optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spay canola oil on bottom and sides of glass or metal 9×9-inch pan. Place parchment paper with at least two inches hanging off each side. Spray the parchment paper with more canola oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, salt, cocoa powder, chili powder, cinnamon and ground espresso.
  3. Use a heat safe bowl and place it over a pot with 2 inches of water on medium heat. Place chocolate, butter in bowl and occasionally stir till both the chocolate and butter are melted and combined.  Remove from heat, keep bowl on top of pot, add both sugars, eggs and vanilla extract, whisk together and let cool till room temperature.
  4. Using a spatula, fold the flour mixture and chocolate till blended. Don’t over mix!
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. Pour batter into the greased pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 20-25 min. Check with a toothpick, if a few moist crumbs come out, they are ready!!!  Top with a dash of ground sea salt and enjoy!!

Cutting them with a plastic knife gets the smoothest edges

The mixture of the chili, sea salt and chocolate is the perfect unexpected combination.

Pour a big glass of milk…in our case almond milk 🙂

Take a big bite and it should be a little gooey and the chocolate chips should be moist.

MMMMmmmmmmm! These go quick, so make sure you make a good batch.

Well I am off to the grocery store before it closes. Mexican is on the menu for dinner tonight! Happy Sunday Everyone 🙂

Question: Have you ever done a bake sale? What did you cook? And what do you do on Sunday’s? Is it as busy as mine? Am I doing something wrong?

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Lindsey May 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Love long weekends and lists! haha I usually do my meal plan and grocery list Friday’s – such a party animal that night 😉 Then shop Saturday and clean/laundry Sunday. Spread it out over the weekend. But Sunday’s always fly by since we usually do a longer morning gym trip and then brunch, by the time that is over and we are showered and ready it can be noon, then cleaning/laundry and its mid afternoon!
I have never done a bake sale… or wait that is a lie I thinking Chad’s old branch had one and I made something, maybe cake pops? They were a huge hit around here a couple years ago.


Jane June 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
I also like the below brownie recipe.

Thanks for sharing,


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