Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies (Vegan)

I love love love love peanut butter. So, these were just perfect.

With this weather I’ve been craving some sweet stuff, but as you all know I’m not a sweet tooth so I needed something that was not a traditionally sugary dessert. And I love nuts so this was right up alley.

I made these Vegan because I am really trying to get into the chia seeds that are just a mega Super food and it makes my guilty foods a little less guilty with some healthy benefits. And they really are awesome to use as an egg re-placer. I haven’t noticed that they take any flavor away and actually really taste delicious. It keeps my desserts very moist and hey they really hit the spot. So, far the chia seed experimentation is really working out!

I also used the crunchy peanut butter because I love all things crunchy, all things seriously! I like the feeling of something crunchy in my mouth it makes eating a pleasure. But you use whatever you like, if you want smooth; use that.

Store in the fridge in a tight container. They also taste great cold.
I hope that you enjoy these as much as we did!

Vegan BrowniesIngredients:

2 cups Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)

3/4 cup Honey

2 tbsp. ground Chia or Flax + 6 tbsp. Water (make 10min ahead)*

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (organic, unsweetened)**

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Dark Chocolate, chopped***

Preheat oven @ 325.
Prepare a 9×13 pan (I use parchment paper, or you can butter & flour)

In a mixing bowl add the peanut butter, honey mix well. Then add the chia/flax mix, and then incorporate baking soda, cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix all ingredients well.
Pour in pan and sprinkle chopped chocolate on top or mix it in the batter. You see!

Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are browned.
Cool completely and try not to eat all of them in one sitting.

* you can use 2 eggs if you don’t find ground chia or flax seeds
**you can leave out the choco powder and make blondies
*** you can add the choco chips or not I made both versions

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Valentine’s Day Recipe: Gluten-Free Coconut Pancakes

Today I wanted to write about the lovely Valentines Day coming up and give you a healthy recipe that you could make for breakfast.

I think most of us don’t really celebrate Valentines Day anymore or somewhat think that it’s overrated?! I know if you’re single you probably hate this day because you feel like you have no one to celebrate it with.

If you are in a new relationship you are probably stressing or really planning this day out, from what present to give (if any)? where to go? what to write on the card? what chocolate to buy? or no chocolate? what to wear? lingerie? dress? how to make it romantic? etc…

If you are in a long relationship or married for 5 years or more you probably haven’t given this day much thought or maybe just planned to drink a glass of wine and have a nice dinner?!

I agree with a lot of you. I don’t think that you need to wait for this day to show love to someone and I also don’t think that just because it’s Valentines Day you have to go through all this. But I do think that it is a nice excuse to just stop and take time out of your day to really show your partner that you love them!

I know that love in a relationship is a given; but sometimes it’s nice to do a nice gesture of love than to just say “I love you bye, see you tonight after work and oh you decide what you wanna do I’m up for anything.” I look at it as a day that I have to put my Husband above all else. Not that I don’t already everyday, and not like he asks me, but if I can’t try to go out of my way once a year to sit and have a no rush catch-up conversation, coffee on the phone checking FB or Tweeter, see you tonight with our fave show; then I am really missing out on giving love on the day to show Love!

I’m not saying any of the above things aren’t nice, trust me I enjoy doing each and everyone of them and do do them. But sometimes we need to keep love alive. Do one thing different.

  • If you never eat out on Friday night and generally do Saturday’s switch it up and go out Friday night (seeing that that’s Valentines Day).
  • If you don’t have lunch together and usually stay in the office go out with him for lunch that day. Or meet up at a bakery and share a dessert or a coffee.
  • If you don’t have breakfast together because one of you leaves earlier than the other, either wake up earlier and have breakfast with each other or better yet leave him or her a card or note by the coffee machine.
  • Have a card sent to his or her office a couple of days before so that it gets there for Valentines Day.

Do something that is different and sweet and shows that you are not forgetting them and that no matter what life has going on you are always thinking of them. It’s fun, thoughtful and years down the line you’ll be happy you never stopped showing your love.

The reason I am posting this recipe is because it’s a romantic gesture to cook breakfast! Most times you cook breakfast the night before, or just grab something to eat on the way to work or at work. Valentines is all day so why not start it out at breakfast and get your mood on for the rest of the day. This way if he has dinner planned you have breakfast planned. We’ve all done the ‘I’ll cook dinner tonight’ or at least have planned the end of the day. So do something different. It’s not anything fancy but it’s the thought that counts.

And the best part is that these are healthy and light; so don’t worry about the fact that you are going to eat out or have a more indulgent dinner because these are just perfect to keep you full all-day long and to keep you looking sexy in that outfit you have planned.

Happy Valentines Day Mythineaters!!

Ingredients:
Makes about 6 small Pancakes

2 Eggs, whole

2 Egg whites

3 tbsp. Coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp. Honey

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla

3 tbsp. Coconut, Shredded unsweetened

1/2 cup Chia and/or Flax seeds, ground

1/2 tsp. Baking powder

Whisk together eggs, egg whites, coconut oil, honey. Add salt, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut and chia/flax mix well and then fold in baking powder.

Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Heat some coconut oil in a griddle over medium heat. Spoon batter onto griddle and allow to cook until top of pancake starts to get holes and then flip. and cook for another minute.

Serve with whatever topping you like.

P.s. the batter will be a bit more liquid the regular pancake mix. Don’t add anything else even if you are tempted too. They’ll be perfect when they cook.

Variations all tried and tested:

  • Substitute almond flour for the coconut.
  • Replace 2 eggs with a banana
  • Add berries or choco chips to the batter if you want.