It’s the day after Halloween, and after an unseasonably warm fall, I’ve felt as if it’s a cold, winter day. Some of my best childhood memories are of such days – building snowmen, making blanket forts, eating homemade baked treats. Perhaps that is why I felt myself gravitate toward one of my favorite places this morning: the kitchen.
There is an out-of-place bowl of candy sitting on my kitchen counter, thanks to a weekend of fall celebrations followed by the twins’ preschool harvest party yesterday. While I must admit that I managed to sneak a few fun size Snickers and Milky Way bars this weekend, today none of the candy in that bowl appealed to me. And though it’s in sight, my kids have not asked me for anything.
I can’t speak on behalf of my kids but I can speak for myself and say that my lack of desire for candy has nothing to do with will power. The simple truth is that this once chocolate-hater is now a chocolate-lover and there are precious few pieces of chocolate in that bowl. No chocolate means no temptation for me.
Less you think that my story ends here, I’ll be quick to say that it does not. I did what any responsible parent would do. I made brownies. 😉
Not just any brownies, though. I used the recipe in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. I’ve loosely followed the ladies behind Trim Healthy Mama for a while and I love listening to their podcast. They’ve done their homework and have made it easy for the rest of us to make food that is nourishing to our bodies and easy on our blood sugar. Because of health reasons I’ll go into in a future post, I am making a heartfelt effort to manage my blood sugar.
Following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating is great if you’re trying to lose weight, but that’s not my goal. I actually need to gain a few pounds. Because doing right by my body is important to me, I am gaining weight by consuming more calories but not the kind of calories that damage my body. This means I focus on protein, healthy fats, and healthy carbs.
Now let’s get back to the brownies.
First, I want to share what is not in them. There is no grain and no sugar as you think of it. You’re now probably wondering how these things I made can even be called brownies. I’ll answer that by telling you what is in them.
- Trim Healthy Mama baking blend. (An equal mix of almond flour, coconut flour, and golden flaxseed meal. I bought the various “flours” and mixed them myself.)
- Unsweetened bakers chocolate
- Pure stevia leaf extract. This zero-calorie sweetener is about 40 times sweeter than table sugar. I used about 1/8 teaspoon to sweeten the whole batch of brownies. If you buy this, make sure it is pure and not mixed with any other sweeteners. Most of the sweeteners labeled as “stevia” in the grocery store are not pure, so be careful.
- A few other ingredients such as pure vanilla extract, mineral salt, and baking soda.
The end result is a completely satisfying brownie! If you don’t believe me, ask my kids. They ate theirs in less than a minute and then asked for more. Not a bad way to kick off a new month.
What are some of your favorite treats?