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Calling all Chocolate Lovers!

I’ve got a DELICIOUS dessert recipe to share with you today that also happens to be really good for your health!! How’s that for a win-win?

These brownies are a huge hit at my house and they always disappear within a day or two. We like to keep them chilled in the fridge – there’s something about cool, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that really hits the spot on a warm, sunny day.

brownies edited2Don’t be turned off by the secret ingredient in this recipe: avocados. I promise, you cannot taste the avocado at all andย it makes the brownies so smooth and creamy! Plus, avocados have lots of healthy fats that are essential for good health – specifically Omega-3, which boosts your heart health and helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

I sprinkled my batch with walnuts before putting them in the oven, but if you’re not a fan of nuts in your brownies, feel free to omit that step.

 

 
Chilled Avocado Brownies

3 large, ripe avocados
1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 cup honey
6 oz dark chocolate (I love theseย bars from Trader Joe’s)
3 TB coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 large eggs
2 TB vanilla extract
2 TB coconut flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp fine sea salt
sprinkling of mini chocolate chips or nuts
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut avocados in half, peel and mash in a bowl with a potato masher until very smooth. (a food processor would also work)
3. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together on the stove over a double boiler. Make sure the chocolate doesn’t get scorched. (Here’s how to make a double boiler using pots you already have at home!)
4. Transfer avocados to a large bowl and add all other ingredients.
5. Use either a hand mixer or whisk to combine until smooth.
6. Grease a 13″ x 9″ pan with coconut oil (or use parchment paper) and spread batter into the pan.
7. Sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips or nuts.
8. Bake for 25-28 minutes, depending on your oven and how gooey you want the brownies to be!

Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream and a glass of milk. ย And don’t feel bad if you eat half the pan in one sitting like I did. ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Baking Adventures…and Other Highlights of the Past 2 Months

As I type this, I’m sitting at a window table at a Starbucks in Springfield, MO, sipping a passion fruit iced tea and wondering how in the world it’s been so long since I blogged!

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Initially, I decided to take a couple weeks off this little blog to focus on school because things were getting kinda crazy as graduation approached and I didn’t want to fall behind. Those “couple weeks off” quickly turned into almost 2 months away, but I’m finally back today with plans to be more consistent with my writing.

This blog is primarily just a personal creative outlet for me and a way to express (in writing, at least) the thoughts flying around in my brain. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t claim to be any kind of exceptional writer or attempt to impress anyone with my fitness or healthy living. I just love to write and journal and share the random musings that come to mind. And it’s fun to have a place to do that!

The past couple months have been a blur…as of March 1st, I am officially a graduate of IIN (the Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and I’m now a Certified Holistic Health Coach! I’m so excited to be officially graduated, but it also means I really need to kick it into gear with my marketing and business development! I started coaching my first client a couple months ago, while still finishing up school, and that has been going well!

I have lots of ideas about how I want to develop my coaching business and the demographics I hope to work with…now it’s all about translating those ideas into ACTION and making it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited! …and a little nervous. ๐Ÿ˜›

In my free time, I’ve been running a lot (for me), spending lots of time with my family, and eating a lot of dark chocolate. Especially the chocolate part. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve also made some really fun desserts that have garnered good reviews from my guinea pigs family.

Most notable were the Superbowl-themed desserts I made for a party at my sister’s house. I’ve never done much intense decorating of baked goods so the fact that these turned out was a huge win in my book!

Yard-line chocolate cupcakes:
This is a great step-by-step recipe, which is exactly what I need when special icing decorating is involved. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Those little “footballs” on top are chocolate covered almonds!!

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Football brownies:
(I used this recipe, but made my own from-scratch brownies instead of using the mix)

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Also of note were the cinnamon crescent rolls I whipped up one night which were highly reviewed by my 19 year old brother. After eating 3 of them, he mumbled with his mouth full, “dude, these are legit!” …These wonderful cinnamon pastries are not really what most people would consider “healthy” but hey, everything in moderation! We had a tube of crescent rolls in our fridge that were going to waste so this was the perfect way to put them to good use.

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This post has already gotten annoyingly long, I know, but I’ve saved the best recipe (in my mind) for last… homemade chocolate peanut butter cups!! This is truly the most simple and easy recipe imaginable and only requires two ingredients, but the idea is ingenious! I found the recipe on this blog and went to work. I made simple chocolate peanut butter cups (I did add a little sea salt on the top of mine) but she offers all sorts of delicious toppings suggestions if you want to get a little creative.

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I brought these to a family dinner one evening and they were definitely a hit! (as if it’s possible for ANY combination of chocolate and peanut butter to not taste amazing…)

I promise I haven’t ONLY been baking and eating delicious desserts for the past 2 months. But yes, that’s been a huge part of my life of late. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m in Springfield for a quick day trip with my brother and a friend of his who came in town to visit a university here. While they sat through a few seminars and informational sessions on campus, I donned my running shorts and did a little exploring of downtown Springfield on foot. It’s a warm, gorgeous day today and I had a great 4 mile tempo run in the sunshine. I’m hoping spring has finally come to stay for awhile!

Enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚