Deposition of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
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If you're looking for an excuse to bake up a batch of delicious brownies, look no further than the Feast of the Deposition of the Precious Robe of the Theotokos in Blechernae. Although the feast is commemorated July 2 on the new calendar, you have until July 15 on the old calendar!
The story of the deposition of the robe is one of my favorites. Before her dormition, the Theotokos gave one of her robes to each of the two virgins that attended to her. A few centuries later one of these robes was passed on to a relative of one of the attendants, and she kept it in a chest in the little shrine in her home. Two pilgrims to the Holy Land were lodging with her and, noticing all the miracles occurring at the shrine, convinced the old widow to tell them about the robe she had hidden there.
Then, in the middle of the night, they took the robe "by stealth," and brought it to Blechernae where it was eventually enshrined in a temple for all to enjoy.
In case you haven't made the connection between the feast and the brownies, I'll give you a clue: It has to do with being sneaky. You see, these brownies are made without butter or eggs, are perfect for a fasting day, and don't require any specialty ingredients.
The deposition of the robe may not have been a joyful occasion for the poor widow, but I'm sure you'll happily deposit these brownies in your belly.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
3/4 C natural peanut butter
8 squares unsweetened chocolate*
1 1/2 C sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1 C flour
optional: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc
In medium saucepan, heat peanut butter on low for approximately 5 minutes. Add chocolate and stir until completely melted. Add sugar and stir to incorporate. Add mashed bananas and vanilla, and stir until incorporated. Add 1 C flour, stir to incorporate. Removed from heat and fold in optional ingredients.
Pour batter into a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325.
By the way, these are perfect for a strict fasting day since there’s no added oil!
*1/4 C vegan chocolate chips can be used in place of unsweetened chocolate squares. Since chocolate chips are sweetened, I’d recommend cutting the sugar to 1 1/4 C unless you eat like John Travolta in Michael.