Valentine's Day is next week. I'm guessing you already knew that but I couldn't think of another way to start this post. So there you go. Anyway, I've been planning to make a big Valentine's dinner for Ryan and the kiddoes but haven't been able to settle on exactly what it will consist of yet. I don't know what my problem is. I can't seem to commit. I was thinking this, or this. But then there's this...
See? Zero ability to make a decision.
Yesterday, I randomly decided to try out a new recipe for some brownies that I have to say, on paper, didn't look like anything very exciting. I was bored and happened to have some extra cocoa powder lying around. I figured I'd just prove to myself that the recipe was in fact, crap. I tweaked it here and there so I could say I gave it some effort but seriously, meh, they didn't look great in their pre-cooked state. I put them in the oven and pumiced my feet for 25 or so minutes. I don't know why I told you that part. It's late, and I'm listening to Shane Harper (compliments of my 10 year old who has now taken over my itunes library). Brownies. Right-oh. So, I was kind of shocked when I took them out of the oven. The looked...good. Fluffy even! I let them cool and then busted out my heart shaped cookie cutter just for the hell of it. Let me tell you my feelings regarding these brownies at this point. "I'm in love I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!" I've tried so many brownie recipes that it actually surpassed the point of ridiculous a long long time ago. I'm telling you, I took all those recipes? And fed them to my recycling bin. This is the only brownie recipe I'll ever need. It's that good.
At least I don't have to stress about what we'll be having for dessert on the 14th...
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (WHOLE wheat, not white wheat - there's a difference)
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup grade A pure maple syrup (I cut it down to 3/4 cup & just added a little stevia)
2 flax or chia eggs*
1/2 cup liquified coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350. In medium mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. Add 1/2 cup of the chopped walnuts. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, flax egg, vanilla, and lemon juice. Stir until combined. Pour mixture into a non-stick 8x8 baking pan and spread evenly. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of walnuts and bake for about 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Or hearts.
*Flax egg consists of 1 Tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 Tablespoons warm water. Chia egg consists of 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed mixed with 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) water. After mixing well, let sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes until it gets thick and gooey. There's your binder! Add it to recipe just as you would an egg.