The pounds are coming back, and I can almost guarantee it is because I am not careful with my food choices. Poor attitude is also a factor; although, I can’t blame it all on the food. Lots of starches and sugars don’t help.
It’s been a few days since I tried to make brownies or any other gluten free dessert. Tonight I have a craving, and I would love to sit down to watch Saturday Night Live with a brownie, cookie or cupcake.
I found a great recipe for brownie bites at Part Time Health Nut. I can totally relate to Mayra who has been eating healthy, gluten free; however, the cravings just don’t stop. She creates recipes that are low in sugar. She substitutes sugar in her recipes with alternatives low on the Glycemic scale. I know I could learn a lot from her.
So tonight, I turned to one of her recipes. This one for Caffeine Free Brownie Bites caught my attention. I get a little nervous when I see beans in a dessert recipe, but I forced myself through the terror and plunged right in. And, of course, I had to make some substitutions.
Not too many, though. I still used the beans. I used the coconut cream. I guess the biggest change was using chia seeds instead of flax for the egg replacer. I used half of the normal amount and added some smashed banana and beet. Yah, you heard right. I am afraid of beans, but have been experimenting with beet. I can rationalize my dessert as “healthy” – protein from the beans, and iron from the beet. YUM!!
I suggest if you try the recipe, follow the instructions. Someday, I hope to understand how to create my own recipes–perhaps these substitutions will pay off someday. Tonight’s dessert was good. It was fluffy like a cupcake, not necessarily a brownie texture. I’m not a fan of processed sugar substitutes so I substituted maple syrup for the Stevia. Since Stevia is super sweet, the maple syrup and beet did not create enough sugary taste for me. I am sure Mayra’s “bites”, if followed well, will create a different experience. She is amazing!!
I am going to indulge in one more. Good Night!!