No-Added-Sugar Brownies (GF)
My original beginning to this post was the following: Wait! Don’t run away! You saw “no added sugar” and “brownies” in the same phrase and immediately got upset, right? I’m sorry, I swear this recipe is worth it!
And then I changed my mind. Why was I defending the things I made for my blog like there was something wrong with them? Why was I saying sorry for something I believe in? Earlier this year in a class we were discussing apologies, first in the context of theater, and then just in general. During the conversation one of my friends made a comment that’s stuck with me. She said women apologize significantly more than men. This is a fact, guys. (Also, read this and watch the commercial; even though it’s for shampoo and is naturally a little overdone it’s kind of important.)
I’ve been thinking a lot about this and am really curious as to why it’s such a phenomenon. Why are women always apologizing? There’s nothing in our genetic makeup that scientifically says those of us with two X chromosomes will be more inclined to ask for one’s pardon before entering a room or asking a question, let alone asserting something they believe. This is something that has occurred through the bizarre way women are “expected” to interact with others. I realized I do this a lot. I say sorry to my professors before making a comment in class that might not be completely correct. I say sorry to my boyfriend for asking him something that might come off as needy or despondent. I say sorry to my roommate for asking her to clean up grease she splattered over the stove all four of us share. I say sorry to my friend for asking to borrow a bobby pin. Why do I apologize so much? These are not instances where you jab someone in the ribs with your umbrella on a crowded subway or spill a bowl of soup on the person behind you in line at the deli. For those moments of accident or plain ol’ human error we should probably apologize. In fact, I’d be pretty bummed if I tripped over your bag in the doorway and you didn’t say sorry. But I am through with apologizing for feeling the way I feel or doing the things I do. If I want to eat foods that are “good” for me, I will do so. And if I want to eat foods that are “bad” for me, I’ll do that, too! I don’t want to feel like I have to say sorry for eating almonds while you eat a Snickers bar. I wouldn’t ask you to apologize or defend your choice to me. Snickers bars are awesome, I just don’t feel like having one today.
And right now, I’m going to share with you a recipe for brownies that have no added sugar (or just a tad if you add chocolate chips, that is), egg yolk, or grain. They’re full of good fats and protein. They’re clean and they make my body feel good, but they are still just as chocolatey as the other fifteen brownie recipes I have in my rotation. I’ve never felt as healthy as I have since I started making a conscious effort to eat good food. And that’s my choice- hey, it’s my life, right? If you want to have this for dessert, you do it. And don’t you dare apologize. If you want to eat this for dessert, go ahead! But please don’t say sorry. If you agree to do this, I promise I’ll try to live my life the same way.
Brownies (adapted from Health Magazine)
1/2 c raw almonds (use sliced if you want a smooth brownies, whole if you want a little crunch)
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c packed pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes)
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch sea salt
1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp coconut oil (solid)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and coat with baking spray. In a food processor grind almonds (if using who, cocoa powder, chocolate, baking soda, and salt. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Place the dates, vanilla, and coconut oil in the food processor (stay tuned for a very exciting how-to post on date butter!) and blend until smooth. Resist urge to dip finger into results. Add almond mixture and blend together. Pour into a bowl. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with a whisk or hand mixer until medium peaks form. Fold into original mixture along with chocolate chips. Spread into the baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes (they firm up on the outside very quickly, and will likely not be done after ten minutes even though they look like they are). Let cool completely before slicing and munching!