Dark Chocolate Brownies

Sponsored by Kellogg’s and Nuffnang

Recently I was asked by the good people at Kellogg’s to take part in a seven-day trial of their new product, All-Bran Fibre Toppers.  In my post a few days ago I created a recipe using All-Bran Fibre Toppers called Apple and Raspberry Crumble.  That recipe is now available on the All-Bran Website.

All-Bran Fibre Toppers Chocolate Brownies

During the seven-day trial we ate a serving (25g) of All-Bran Fibre Toppers for breakfast, pouring them on top of low or no-fat yoghurt and fresh fruit.  They are a great way to start the day as quite filling and I found I wasn’t conscious of needing a mid-morning snack.  The All-Bran Fibre Toppers are low in fat and are important for maintaining digestive health.  These really did make me feel, ‘All-Bran New’!

Difficult to stop at just one!

During the trial period I discovered that All-Bran Fibre Toppers are extremely versatile and have more uses than just sprinkling over fruit and yoghurt.  I was going through some old cookbooks a few weeks ago and I came across a Vogue Wine and Food Cookbook, ‘Good Food for Modern Cooks’  that was published in 1991.  In that cookbook I found a recipe called All-Bran Brownies.  I adapted the recipe and made the brownies using All-Bran Fibre Toppers and we enjoyed them for dessert and the leftovers disappeared into the next day’s lunch boxes.  They were absolutely delicious with great flavour and texture.

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Makes:  16

Degree of Difficulty:  2/5

Cost:  Store-bought brownies are very expensive compared with the cost of making your own.

Delicious taste with added fibre!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tbspn cocoa
  • 3/4 cup All-Bran Fibre Toppers
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt


  • 80ml extra light cream
  • 160g dark cooking chocolate
  • 1 tbspn butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 190C.

To make the brownies:  whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale and frothy.  Melt the butter, add the cocoa and pour into the egg/sugar mixture.  Add the remaining ingredients and beat well with a wooden spoon.

Spoon the mixture into muffin tins lined with paper cases and cook in oven for 30 minutes or until slightly firm.  Cool on a cake cooler.

To make the icing:  bring the cream to the boil, remove from the heat and add the chocolate.  Stir until the chocolate has melted and then beat in the butter or margarine.  Set aside until the icing is a spreadable consistency.

Pour the icing on to the brownies and allow to set.  Store in an airtight container.  The brownies are better if made two days before serving.  (If you can wait that long – we couldn’t!)

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  1. Hi,
    They do look delicious, be nice also for afternoon tea, or morning tea as well. 😀

  2. Healthy brownies sounds like something I would love! They look gorgeous with the chocolate on top. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Any time you say “dark chocolate,” you are speaking my language!

  4. These look good enough for any time of day. 🙂

  5. Magnolia Verandah says:

    Congratulations on your recipe being on All-bran.com.au I bet you feel all-bran new now that you have finished your challenge!

  6. Magnolia Verandah says:

    Sorry for got to say – good brownies!

  7. Waw! Your better for you brwinies with the added ganache look amazing, tasty & lovely too!
    I bet I couldn’t stop either after 1!

  8. Congrats on making it to the All-Bran site and on the nomination. I will vote (BTW, bran recipe link address is incorrect).

  9. My kids would love these and I’d feel pretty good about giving them to them too. 🙂

  10. These will pair very well with some vanilla icecream and a good movie, and a day off from work!! 🙂

  11. http://photographyofnia.com/2012/04/18/another-one/
    Dear Charlie, this is for you, Thanks and Love, nia

  12. I love brownies and anything chocolatey, I might steal this recipe.
    We’re best friends now. 🙂 Good luck!
    I’ve nominated you for the “7X7 Link Award” on my blog, it’s a fun meme and I hope you’ll participate.

  13. Okay, I’m off to the store tomorrow to see if I can find the All-Bran topper things. I’ve never heard of it. I should keep up with Kelloggs, I’ve even been to Battle Creek. LOL

    These brownies make me want to lick the tops off. Is that a sin?

  14. I fell in love with your brownies. I love the molten goodness on top! thx for the recipe Charlie!

  15. What a great recipe, and I love that you made them in the little muffin cups, Charlie. I wonder if you could substitute the sugar (seems like a lot) with Agave which apparently the body handles quite differently. I think I might try this recipe! Thanks!
    Congrats on having your recipe posted on Kellogg’s site, what an accomplishment.

  16. Yuuuum!!! They look great!

  17. Now Charlie, you know I LOVE reading your stories. But I just couldn’t read anything today. I couldn’t stop looking past the chocolate brownies. I think I’ve fallen in love with the dessert I’m making this weekend 🙂

  18. What an interesting brownie! These both look and sound delicious…and I would never have thought I’d say having bran in a brownie sounded delicious, but yours surely do!

  19. Hmmm I love healthier version of baked goods!
    This looks like a recipe I would be willing to try, the photos look amazing!!

  20. They look wonderful! Nice sneaky way to get fiber into the grandkids…

  21. I think I could sit and just eat the icing…but then again, why not smear it on a brownie! I am a sucker for anything dark chocolate, or lemon, or caramel, or … well, you get the idea.

  22. Who would’ve thought of bran being in the same sentence as brownies? I love that you did…brilliant!

  23. You got my vote for best Australian blog Charlie and thx for sharing such delectable looking brownies!

  24. Nice segue!

  25. These brownies look like my thing with that generous icing of chocolate on top. I’ll look up your Apple and Raspberry Crumble recipe, too, but I’ll have to get myself some All-Bran Fibre Toppers first.

  26. How on earth could anyone wait two whole days to eat these morsels of morishness! Yummo!

  27. YUM! I wish I had one of those here for dessert right now!

  28. I would eat anything you put that luscious icing on.Congrats on another successful experiment.

  29. Now, THAT is how I want to get my daily fiber allotment — with copious amounts of chocolate. 😉

  30. Fantastic! Another way to to use the last box I have sitting in the cupboard. These look delicious!

  31. You’ve got my vote, Charlie. If, for no other reason, than the chocolate topping on these muffins.

  32. Tempting brownies with less the guilt! All bran is the perfect substitute for those who have sugar cravings.

  33. How dangerous! It’s hard to stop after eating one, and it has fibers! I rather want to eat these than veggies. Just kidding, that’s what my kids would say… =P

  34. oh my goodness how good do they look! i am a breakfast cereal addict so this is right up my alley. btw how exciting your recipe is on the website, maybe it’ll make it to the box!

  35. That looks way too fun to have All Bran in them! 😛

  36. Although I probably don’t need any help in the fiber department (TMI?), I love the sound of this recipe…sounds like the perfect treat, especially paired with a cold glass of milk!

  37. wow those look dangerous! I could quite easily scoff an entire plate of them!

  38. Congratulations on your nomination, Charlie. Well done and much deserved.

    Nice brownie recipe too!

  39. What a testimony! I guess I’ll have to try those toppers. Perhaps they can help me cut out that mid-morning snack, too. These brownies look yummy – anything with icing has to be good.

  40. I’m not sure that I’ve yet seen this product, but I’ll be looking. It seems a healthy and versatile base for many things–I could stop simply with the brownies. Yum! I have definitely added my vote to support your nomination! I would love to see you win…I always enjoy stopping by. 🙂 I learn something while you also amuse me to no end…except for the dog biting incidents. I’m still bothered by the rude behavior of the dog owners! Debra

  41. Dark chocolate – I’m in!
    Voted done and dusted! Best of luck! I will take it as a good omen that the voting finishes on my birthday (9 May) so that must mean that you are going to win – yay!
    🙂 Mandy xo

  42. Looking gooooooooooood!

  43. Charlie, I definitely agree that homemade baked goods taste better and less expensive!! 🙂 Your brownies look yummy!!

  44. You’d never guess these beauties were chock full of healthy fiber! Lovely photos!!!

  45. I love them – relatively healthy and brimming with chocolate – i call shoddy on the first tray 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  46. These look incredibly delicious! And are also good for you. Love it!!!

  47. How fun to be chosen to do these experimental dishes.. and this one is just too decadent looking to believe it has healthy bran in it!

  48. Yum….
    I won’t be able to stop at one… These do look delicious!!
    Congrats on ur recipe getting featured…

  49. Oooo these brownies are wonderful Charlie! With the All Bran Toppers they re considered healthy to me hehe! Still haven’t got my hands on the toppers yet think its time I went to Coles hehe 😉 hope you have a lovely weekend!

  50. Wow. That’s the best use of fiber I’ve ever seen.

  51. I didn’t even think of baking with my fibre toppers! Mmmm! Nice one!

  52. I’m pretty sure there’s a company out there that makes “brownies” with fiber infused into them (since infusing fiber into everything is the latest food trend) but I love that these just naturally have fiber in them. They look so rich and decadent!

  53. I am a firm believer in the fact that chocolate makes everything taste better – even bran!

  54. I never need an excuse to eat brownies, but added fibre is definitely an incentive!

  55. WOWZERS!!! These look so sinful!

  56. congrats on the nominations, wish u all the best for the award im sure ul win 🙂 the brownies look yummy, i think this is the 1st timeim seeing one that is not square 🙂

  57. The brownies look fabulous! Love that you added some fiber to them too!

  58. Congratulations with being pick up by the All-Bran Website. That is fun. And then those dark chocolate brownies looks enticing and delicious. I want some!

  59. They sure look delicious Charlie! Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Hugs!

  60. dark choc seems healthier with the brans along 😉 what a perfect tea!

    Latest: Best Milk Ever

  61. These look rich and decadent with built in portion control 🙂

  62. Congratulations Charlie and good luck on your nomination….. it looks delicious!

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