Melt in Your Mouth Brownies

 

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As promised The Baker’s brownie recipe.  They are so yummy.  My kids loved them and that is always the test.  Even Paleo treats don’t get by them unless they are good.  The ingredients are simple as well.  Take them to a potluck or whatever and no one will know the difference.  Probably be good with some walnuts too.

This week I’m officially back to the grind.  My arms pits are so sore I can barely put my hair in a pony tail.  Dang Crossfit!  I said I would go back 100% after the race and I have.  I had no idea how far back I set myself from taking it easy there during marathon training.  Well, now I know.  Like I predicted, he’s not letting me be a wimp.  In a few months I’ll be a beast again…haha…was I ever a beast?  Hmmm??

 I told you before the race I was going to change things up a little.  One thing I want to do is make sure I am answering questions that you guys are asking me.  Probably the most popular question is “How do you have time to make this food?”  Well, I am blessed to be a stay at home mom so I do have that going for me.  However, I do not have ample amounts of time to spend on food.  I’m going to be completely honest with you.  TO EAT HEALTHY YOU HAVE TO COOK.  It’s that simple.  Whether it be Paleo or another type of healthy eating you have to prepare it in your own kitchen.  Sure, you can find Paleo food in restaurants but typically it’s so high in sodium it’s crazy.  Makes my shins burn.  It takes planning to get meals on the table.  Spend an extra few minutes thinking about what you are going to make and do some prep work.  It will get easier if you make it a priority.

ChopWizardcollageOne simple tool I have to speed things up a bit is the Vidalia Chop Wizard.  The Baker bought it for me for my birthday and I love it.  I chop an insane amount of veggies and it makes the process way faster.  It does take up room in the dishwasher but worth it in my opinion.  By the way, I’m telling you this because I like it.  They are not paying me to endorse it.  I wish I knew how to get companies to do that!  Anyway, chop veggies for your salad for the week and move on.  You get the drift.

Keep the questions coming!

Melt in Your Mouth Brownies
Yields 24
Delicious Paleo brownie
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup + 2 tsp coconut flour
  2. Pinch of salt
  3. 1 Tbs baking powder
  4. ¾ cup coconut sugar
  5. 12 ozs Enjoy Life chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  6. 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  7. 2 Tbs coconut milk
  8. 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  9. 3 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix together coconut flour, salt, and powder in small bowl and set aside
  3. In a sauce pan, combine butter, coconut milk, and coconut sugar under low to medium heat stir occasionally
  4. Cook until mixture just starts to boil and remove from heat.
  5. Add 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  6. Transfer chocolate mixture to a mixing bowl.
  7. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one.
  8. Gradually stir in flour mixture then fold in remaining chocolate chips.
  9. Spread in a 8 x 12 pan and bake for 30 min
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Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins and I’m Emotional Today!

 ProteinMuffins1redoHi guys!  Remember how I’m not the baker?  Well, I came up with some muffins.  I have been craving some Paleo muffins so why not make my own?  They are chocolaty.  I like chocolate.  These are great for on the go…  I feel like I’m supposed to say that about breakfast muffins.  Anyway, try them out and let me know what you think.  I’m going to make a batch to take with me on my upcoming road trip.

NolaRaceConfirmationSpeaking of!  Nola!!  It’s marathon week!!  Woohoo!!  Can you tell I’m excited?  If not, ask anyone who has talked to me in the past few days.  They will tell you I might have mentioned it.  The kids have all been sick so I’ve been a wonderful mother trying to keep my distance as much as possible and washing my hands until they are literally raw.  Hey, it’s just a week.  If they get sick next week, I’m on it!

Other than excessively washing my hands and drinking “wellness tea” I have been busy this week dancing to Zydeco music and making a list of running things I need to bring.  I’m not sure why I’m making a list, really I’m just going to bring everything.  Hopefully, the other passengers in my car pack lightly.  Just kidding…maybe.

For real, I have been doing all of those things but this week has been emotional for me.  My team and I have put 40 weeks of training into this race.  40 weeks of super early mornings, following the plan, stressing about injuries we had and might get, countless miles and hours of cross training, chiropractic visits, lots of money on gear, watching every bite of food we eat and talking about every workout.  Here’s the thing, I’m a little sad it’s over!  There are of course going to be other races but this is the end of this one chapter.  It’s been awesome!  No matter what happens on Sunday, the training went well.  The support from my Coach and the bond I have formed with my running buddies is amazing.  Tear…ok I’ll stop.

Speaking of food.  I have a plan.  I WILL NOT head to Louisiana and eat a bunch of Cajun food before a marathon.  Very bad things would happen.  Instead, I’m bringing my own pre-race food.  On the menu is boiled eggs, almonds, cuties and bananas, mushroom chicken and white rice and quinoa loaded with veggies and almonds.  I know, I know, white rice and quinoa are not Paleo.  I’ve needed carbs through this training and those things have been a good source for me.  I know they have no ill affect on me so down the hatch. 

When the race is over…um.  Whatever food I can get my hands on in New Orleans, Louisiana is fair game.  Just look away.

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
Yields 12
Chocolate chip Paleo breakfast muffins. Filling and yummy.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 cup blanched almond flour
  3. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  4. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  6. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  7. 2 tsp. chocolate baking cocoa
  8. 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  9. 4 whole eggs
  10. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  11. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  12. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  13. Olive oil or coconut oil spray for muffin tins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for chocolate chips. If the flour is lumpy use a hand mixer.
  3. Dust the chocolate chips with the almond flour.
  4. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  5. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  6. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy warm.
Notes
  1. If you don't want to use the protein powder add extra cocoa powder to keep the chocolate flavor.
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