I know I’m not the only one who was excited to have Dr. Oz prescribe a brownie to help blast butt fat. Prescribe – as in “eat this every day” was the way he put it to women wearing only a leotard top and no tights to reveal their dimpled thighs.
Well, I took this baby for a test drive with mixed results. First, here’s his original recipe directly from Dr. Oz’s site:
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup organic raisins
1 cup oats
In a food processor purée the cacao, cayenne, cinnamon, milk and raisins until a smooth paste forms. Add the oats to the food processor and quickly pulse to incorporate them. Transfer the mix into a square or rectangular container lined cross wise with wax paper. Press down to form the ‘brownie’ base. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Ulli Stachel.”
First of all (this is Nana Clare again) I’d recommend making only half this batch to see if you like it. Also, my food processor is perhaps too small for this amount, so I’m not sure if mine got mixed as well as it should. I never got a “smooth paste;” mine looked more like peat moss for planting exotic herbs.
The directions didn’t say what size pan to put these into, but I used a 9” square pan and that was plenty big. I also used quick oats since these weren’t going to be cooked in any way. I love oats, but prefer them to be cooked, or baked, at least a little.
When they had chilled, Ken and I both tried a small bar. I thought they were bitter; Ken said they were bearable – not exactly rave reviews. Especially from two chocolate lovers. For me, the raisins overpowered the chocolate flavor and it felt more like the dreaded fruit cake.
I didn’t want all the good ingredients to go to waste so I doctored the doc’s brownies to make something that we would eat.
Added Ingredients for the “new and improved” butt blaster brownies:
½ cup honey
½ cup white whole wheat flour
Whisk the eggs and honey in a large bowl.
Add the flour and stir to combine.
Crumble in the butt blaster brownie mixture and stir to get out most of the lumps.
Spray the 9” square pan and pour the ingredients into it.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
They were definitely more palatable, but still bitter for me. They needed some fudge frosting.
Ken thought they were pretty good – for a prescription. But nothing you would crave or want to make again.
I did discover that if you pop a butt blaster brownie in the microwave covered with dark chocolate chips for 10 seconds they are quite tasty! Sure this wasn’t the original intent, but I gave Dr. Oz’s recipe a try.