Semi-Homemade Cho Brownies // Important LAB Announcement

Today I headed back to work to get down to business…  “Let’s get down to business, to defeat the Huns!”  Haha sorry, every time I hear that phrase I cannot help but think of the movie Mulan 😛


Business over the weekend had a whole different meaning.  Puppy business such as taking Charlie outside to do his business.  Household business such as cleaning the apartment and going grocery shopping.  Tasty business such as making pancake bowls and baking brownies.  And personal business such as watching movies and getting sweaty at the gym.  If only weekend business could be everyday business…

Speaking of tasty business, I thought I’d share yesterday’s new-to-me brownie recipe.  Over the weekend I picked up a package of brownie mix at TJ’s and originally planned to make Peanut Butter Cup brownies but after eating handful after handful of Peanut Butter Puffins, I decided to do my own thing.

Semi-Homemade Cho Brownies

1 box brownie mix [TJ’s mix is 16 ounces]

2/3 cup plain Chobani

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon stevia

Optional: Peanut Butter Puffins cereal

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a cupcake tin with non-stick cooking spray.

2.  In a large bowl, mix together the dry brownie mix, Chobani, water, vanilla extract, and stevia.  Mix on medium speed until all the ingredients are combined and there are no lumps.

3.  Evenly distribute the brownie mixture among the cupcake tin to make 12 brownies.

4.  Top the brownies with your desired toppings, I chose Peanut Butter Puffins.

5.  Cook the brownies for approximately 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

6.  Remove the brownies from the tin and cool on a wire rack.



-A regular rectangular or square baking pan would also work, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted.
-Next time I would crush the cereal before adding it on top for an a more even distribution.
-Other tasty add-in’s or toppings: candy, cereal, chocolate chips, cinnamon, coconut, dried fruit, peanut butter, nuts, or pretzels.

In the past I have baked with applesauce as a substitute for butter and oil, but this was my first time baking with yogurt…  I was delightfully surprised with the result!

And last but not least, blog business…  After weeks of work, I think it’s time to launch the new and improved LAB site [plus a couple of new pages]!  I am super nervous so please bear with me the next few days if there are any technical glitches.  Depending upon when you’re reading this post, the new site may already be up and running but if not, it should be the next time you check-in!

***IMPORTANT:  Despite the fact that my domain name will not change, you will need to resubscribe to my new feed as I will be self-hosted and no longer on  If you have any confusion or trouble, feel free to send me an email at or use the “Contact” page on the new site.  Thanks 😀***



Question:  Have you ever watched the movie Mulan?

Question:  What’s your favorite brownie mix-in or topping?


Filed under Blogging, Charlie, Family, Food, Recipes, Work

11 responses to “Semi-Homemade Cho Brownies // Important LAB Announcement

  1. pickyrunner

    Aw this is great! Love brownies! And the idea of pancakes in a bowl? Do you have a recipe for that up? It sounds so good!

  2. so cool! congrats on the domain, such a big move!

  3. Marcee .... ILLINOIS

    We/I have not watched that movie. Will check it out …. the rating and storyline. These days everyone is into holiday movies! They are all over cable and TV!

    This household + families love brownies …. w/the exception of me. If I take even a small bite ….. the (very real) possibility of a migraine will wreck havoc w/my day, afternoon or evening. Not worth the pain and suffering. I do love unsweetened coconut on vanilla, lemon or butterscotch cupcakes, etc.

    Pancakes in a bowl? Gotta like that! This a.m. I had protein pancakes w/blueberries and sliced banana. Very good.

    Love your blog Allison! Always a great read. You are so funny + very interesting. A great teacher for sure! Highly surprised you do not have more followers. Does it have to do with various advertisers/products? I’ve always been confused regarding company advertising w/blogging.

    • Yum 🙂 I’m loving unsweetened shredded coconut lately and bet that would be a tasty addition to a vanilla cupcake! Thank you so much for all of your kind words, I truly appreciate it!!!

  4. Those brownies look yummy! Love the idea of the puffin cereal. I am obsessed with Mulan and that song is the best!

  5. Ooo blog makeover! Exciting stuff 😀 Can’t wait to see the new look! And those brownies look super good. I’ve never thought to top a brownie with cereal, and usually just resort to the classic chocolate chips or nuts. As for Mulan… yes, yes! If it’s Disney then I’ve probably seen it and loved it 😀

  6. I was so hoping that you would be posting that recipe! They look amazing…of course I pretty much love anything that involves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. And I know what you mean about eating handful after handful of the Peanut Butter Puffins. I had this same problem this morning during (and after!) breakfast…oops 😉

  7. jessielovestorun

    Congratulations on self hosting girl. I’m so excited for you! && thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I love the added puffins on top 🙂

  8. Congrats on getting self hosted! My transition is going soooo slowly. Those brownies look fantastic! I’ve never cooked with yogurt either but now I want to. Great idea to throw in the PUffins! These are like healthy Reese’s cupcakes.

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