Desserts

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Honey Hazelnut Brownies (GF)

 

If I were one of the seven deadly sins, I’d be gluttony. Growing up, I was 100% never the kid who got distracted by TV or a gameboy¬†or playing outside during dinnertime. I’ve always been all about the food. Still am, if you didn’t already get that. It doesn’t really matter what the food is. Be it a plate of raw-vegan-paleo-something¬†or a sleeve of Thin Mints, I really don’t care. I will want to finish¬†whatever I can find. That’s why I make an effort to surround myself with good food. It doesn’t have to be spinach, but it does have to have some kind of body/mind health benefit. So that’s a way of saying that while I do eat a great many brownies, they aren’t filled with milk chocolate (pffff) or 3 cups of bleached sugar or anything like that.

I’m sure there are others like me out there- those who love to eat all the things, but still care about what they put inside themselves. That’s why I’m sharing (another) recipe for good-for-you brownies. It’s similar, but just different enough to be a completely unique¬†brownie experience. My favorite part of this recipe was hands-down the coconut oil. It made the brownies smell so good. Even after they’d cooled and were hanging out in the fridge- spoiler alert, when these bad boys are cold, they’re even better. But maybe that’s just me. This was also the first time I’ve sweetened brownies with honey and I must say, it’s my new favorite thing. There’s something about using honey instead of regular sugar in¬†a dessert that makes it more interesting. You know the thing you’re eating¬†is sweet, but it’s not a¬†usual kind of¬†sweet. You must mull over the complexities of your dessert by having another brownie. And then another. It’s basically homework. I may or may not have crumbled them over several bowls of¬†pistachio gelato¬†during my analysis of honey vs sugar dessert. It was very important work.

Speaking of overindulgence, Heinz and Kraft are merging to form one giant superfood company (but not this kind of superfood. More like this kind.) What does this mean? That Kraft singles will now come with ketchup packets so we can finally always be ready to make a proper grilled cheese??! One can only hope..

Brownies

1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp cocoa nibs
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk the wet ingredients until smooth and set aside. Whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, then add to the wet ingredients and combine. Fold in the chopped chocolate, cocoa nibs, and hazelnuts. Bake 20-25 minutes.

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Desserts, Snacks

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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!

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