sweet treat

Being pregnant doesn'’t mean you have to deprive yourself. This rich dessert is loaded with calcium, folate and soothing mint. Enjoy!


*the dish

Mint Brownie Sundae

Serves 6

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

39 chocolate-mint candies (such as Andes Crème De Menthe Thins)

6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

3 cups vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour an 8-inch-square cake pan. In a large bowl, stir espresso powder into butter until dissolved. Add sugar and vanilla and mix with electric mixer. Add eggs and mix, then add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; mix until combined. Break up 18 of the candies and add to mixture; mix until candies are evenly distributed. Transfer mixture to pan and bake 20 minutes. Let brownies cool 5 minutes, then cut into 6 squares. Break up remaining candies and microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to cook in 15-second increments until melted. Stir in whipping cream. Transfer brownies to individual plates. Top each with 1/2 cup ice cream and 2 tablespoons sauce.

what you get:

Per serving (1 brownie, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream and

2 tablespoons sauce): 757 calories, 57% fat (48 g),

40% carbohydrate (76 g), 3% protein (6 g), 2 g fiber,

4 mg iron, 134 mg calcium, 31 mcg folate.