Chia Fudgy Brownies
In a bowl combine the water and chia seeds. Cover and let stand at room temperature 12 to 24 hours. Stir before using.Advertisement
In a medium saucepan heat and stir chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Grease foil.
Stir granulated sugar into cooled chocolate in saucepan. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition just until combined. Stir in chia seed mixture and vanilla.
In a bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and, if desired, espresso powder. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. If desired, stir in nuts. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan; spread evenly.
Bake 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. If desired, dust with additional espresso powder and/or powdered sugar. Using edges of foil, lift uncut brownies out of pan. Place on a cutting board; cut into bars.
Look for chia seeds in the natural foods aisle of your grocery store or at a health food market.