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Gooey, Sweet, Chocolatey Brownies…with avocado??

I love to bake. If I could just make cupcakes all day and get paid, that would be fantastic. (As long as someone else did the dishes.) Yesterday, I found this interesting recipe on Pinterest. I have seen chocolate-based recipes incorporating avocados before, like Chocolate mousse, but it was the first brownie one I came across. Needless to say, I pinned it. Here’s the recipe, in case you’re curious (per ireallylikefood, a blog):

Ingredients

  • 1 C White Flour
  • 3/4 C Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 C Raw Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/2 t Baking Soda 
  • 1 t Flax
  • 3 T Water
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup to 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 t Vanilla

Directions

  1. Peel and cut 1/2 of an avocado and blend in a food processor until it’s a creamy texture.
  2. Add 3 T of water and 1 t of ground flax to the avocado to make a flax egg. Let it sit for a few minutes while combining the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking soda.
  4. Blend the avocado and flax egg in the food processor to combine.
  5. Add the avocado flax mix to the dry ingredients and mix as much as possible.
  6. Add the Milk and Vanilla so that it creates a batter.
  7. Bake in a 8 x 8 baking pan for 20 minutes at 350°

I made a double batch so that I wouldn’t have half of an avocado left over. I also skipped the flax, substituted soy milk, and switched out about a third of the cocoa powder for some chocolate protein powder. I used the max amount of milk suggested and ended up having to bake them about 32 minutes; I tested them with a toothpick in the center, which should come out semi-clean/slightly crumby. They smell fantastic. I have to taste them, so I’ll save that for the next blog; check back to see! I think I’ll make a quick peanut butter frosting to top them off. Here’s a basic recipe that looks nice and fluffy.

Anyone have a great recipe with a surprising ingredient? Please share!Image

Day…Well, Day 1: Moving On

I had complete confidence in succeeding for at least 5 days. I made it three. Could I have kept going? I think so. I made a final decision last night to go back to eating solid foods. I will continue to work juices into my diet, and that will be the greatest benefit of the whole experience. I advise to anyone interested to be ambitious and go as long as you can (if you are feeling reasonably well and making HEALTHY choices). I am proud of myself for making it three days, considering how many food cravings I had over the course of those 72 hours. Sure, I had a couple of snacks during that period but my sole source of nutrients and energy was 100% raw, natural juice. I am surprised by what vegetables and fruit can do for us, even when stripped down to their liquid components.

Although I have converted back to a ‘solid food’ diet, I feel both a need and desire to eat more whole foods. I had a small granola bar (at just 90 calories), a handful of almonds, and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Then for lunch, I decided to treat myself to Panera with the extra tips I made at my restaurant job last night. My chioce: a Mediterranean Veggie Cafe Sandwich…

  • If you have not tried this sandwich before, please do so. It is the best! I don’t even like red onion or large pieces of raw tomatoes, and I can never get enough of this zesty, fresh sandwich. Perhaps the bread contains a few too many carbs but I feel good about all of the vegetables I’m consuming and the absence of fatty meat.

…AND an apple, rather than chips. The apple was my favorite part. It was crunchy, cold and sweet, and I was sad when I got down to the core. I don’t usually care for apples too much, especially when they’re not cut into chunks. (I hate the sensation of biting into fruit. I know. Weird.) I am crossing my fingers, hoping that I choose wisely for dinner. Since I work at the restaurant tonight, I will probably eat whatever the kitchen prepares for the staff. As long as it’s not the chicken fingers, it should be a decent meal.

I hope that I have not lost your support after ending my juice journey early. I did not intend to promote nor demote any type of cleanse. I simply wanted to give you a firsthand, honest account of its ups and down, so that you may have at least one more source of information on the matter. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

 

Thanks for reading!

Raw Juice Recipes

Here are a few links to sites that I have been referencing:

http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/30-days-of-juicing/

http://www.designsponge.com/2013/01/blueprint-juice-recipe.html

http://mymansbelly.com/2013/01/10/how-to-financially-survive-a-juice-cleanse-7-vegetable-juice-recipes/

http://myjuicecleanse.com/juicer-recipes/mean-green-juice-recipes/

Hope you find them useful! [If any links give you trouble, please leave a comment!]

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