Product Test Drive: Kallari Organic Chocolate

So, awhile ago I got this awesome organic, fair trade chocolate called Kallari in the mail that I was supposed to test drive. I had every intention of doing this in a timely manner and then I got pregnant and the thought of cooking was stomach turning. Then that ended and I had been a little out of practice...but now, I'm back up to full speed and I am ready to eat some chocolate.

Originally, I planned on making a french silk pie with this chocolate, but then I saw these brownies. I think we can all agree that the Pioneer Woman is an evil genius. So last week, on a snow day, I thought, "heck, let's make brownies!!!" A gal has to indulge every now and again...and honestly, what's a better excuse to have a tall glass of almond milk and get that extra calcium than a gooey, ooey chocolately brownie? There is none.

For this recipe, I used less sugar because this chocolate has a sweetness to it (there is some organic sugar added). I also skipped the dusting of the powdered sugar over the top because frankly I have low sweet tooth (even being pregnant) and I thought that was just overboard. And I added nuts. Because I like nuts and I had them and so, why not? When I added the nuts I wished that I had some shredded coconut...doesn't that sound awesome? If you have some shredded coconut, I would add a little bit and see how that comes out. Let me know.

Now, let's talk chocolate. This chocolate I am using is some serious stuff. It's smooth, and never bitter but it's also responsible. That's not something you often think of when you think of chocolate, but you should. I want my food to be sustainable, which is why I like to can and preserve my own food. But this is a whole other level of responsibility that we can all appreciate. And the taste? Uh, yea, it's sexy. Check out some really fun facts about Kallari Organic Chocolate by clicking HERE. Share some love, y'all this stuff is the bomb.

Now let's bake. Because this is a chocolate bomb waiting to go off....

Dark Chocolate Brownies 

Time: 1 hour | Makes 1 pan of brownies | Difficulty: Easy 

You Will Need 

1-1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 -2.46 oz Kallari chocolate (I used 75% and 85% cacao bars)
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups organic sugar
3 fresh eggs
2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
A handful (more if you got it) chopped macadamia nuts


In a medium pan over low heat melt the butter and the chocolate. I broke up my chocolate into sections of three. Stir every few moments until it's melted. Remove from heat for about 5 minutes to allow them to cool.

Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then add your flour.

Stir in the flour and then add the nuts and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.

Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Allow them to cool on a rack and then serve with a big old glass of almond milk! (Preferably in a rainbow cup, right?!)

Oh my gawd! This is heaven in brownie form.