If you’ve ever looked at recipes on Pinterest, you’re bound to have seen those ‘three ingredient brownies’ recipes that use just chocolate spread, eggs and flour, right? I keep meaning to have a go at cooking them, I mean they look like they work, don’t they? And then a lovely friend of mine gave me the heads up about Jim Jams – a chocolate spread with 83% less sugar than Nutella, and I thought – wait, then that would be three ingredient brownies with a fraction of the sugar, and well, being January and all about the healthier choices, I gave them a go.
I’m not going to lie, the brownies don’t turn out mega-sweet – they’re like a grown up version of a brownie (the actual Jim Jams chocolate spread tastes exactly like Nutella to me, so it must lose a little in the cooking). But honestly, even if you spread a layer of the Jim Jams spread over the top of the brownies, they’re still massively healthier than the full sugar version (I sat and worked it out and cut into 12 pieces, the Jim Jams version come in at just 159 calories each, with 8.6g fat – not bad at all) and they taste delicious.
Also, the second time I made them (late one night so not photos, sorry), I tried the other flavour, the hazelnut chocolate one, and they did actually seem sweeter – they were gooier too. Mmmmmm. In fact, I made them, said nothing, and they were scoffed without criticism or comment, which is all the proof you need in this house.
Three ingredient brownies
250g chocolate spread
150g plain flour
I mean honestly, it’s barely a recipe. I used the food mixer and just mixed everything together.
You need to make sure it’s really smooth, then just line a smallish baking tin, spoon in the mixture, level it off and bake at 180 C/gas 4 for 20 minutes (I baked these for 25 and honestly they’re better with just 20 as you keep a little bit of gooiness in the middle). If you prefer cakey ones, though, stick to 25.
Allow to cool a little then cut into 12. If you need a little extra sweetness, top with extra chocolate spread before cutting.
About Jim Jams
Jim Jams produce two spreads: milk chocolate and hazelnut chocolate (which incidentally just won a Great Taste two star award). The spreads were created by mum of two, Kellie Bath who was shocked at the amount of sugar her kids were consuming when eating chocolate spread (Nutella has 57 cubes of sugar in every jar) and teamed up with her husband Kevin to create a healthier alternative.
How did they do it? Well, they used a naturally sourced sweetener callted maltitol (from the xylitol family), which is half the calories of sugar, kinder to teeth and diabetic friendly as well. The spreads also use rapeseed oil (you already know I’m a huge fan) and a teeny amount of palm oil which is fully sustainable. This isn’t an ad, by the way, by all means use Nutella in this recipe – it will work exactly the same – I’m just actually genuinely impressed by Kellie’s achievement.
I haven’t stopped at baking either – the spread it delicious added to milk and heated to make hot chocolate and I’ve become a bit addicted to stirring it into my morning porridge then topping with banana.
So where you can get these little jars of wonder? So far, you can find them at Morrisons, Ocado and Sainsbury’s and I’ve also seen them in Holland and Barrett. Do let me know what you think if you give them a go.