No-Bake Carob Brownie Bites

No-Bake Carob Brownie Bites

Even though I made the recipe up from scratch, somehow, I still couldn’t tell they weren’t chocolate.

Not chocolate?  Whoever heard of a brownie that wasn’t made with chocolate?  Not me, at least, until very recently, when I decided to try giving it up.  Not exactly my idea of fun!

Chocolate didn’t get the boot because of Lent, or because it’s inherently, sinfully, bad for me (like the mayor in one of my favorite movies, Chocolat would think,) but simply because it is a bean.  A seed, really.  But, for the sake of my wellbeing, that was enough of a reason. 

However.  That was NOT enough of a reason not to have fudgey brownies.  We all got to have a little sanity, people, and this stuff does it for me! 

While trying, as much as possible, to stick to the Autoimmune Protocol as I’m still unsure of the origins of my current inflammation issues, I’m opening up to trying even more ingredients than ever before!  It has been a tasty adventure so far, my friend.  (Check these AIP-friendly recipes out…)

Frozen Lemon Bars

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

So now I’ve been finding some thrilling uses for carob powder.  First step, carob powder, all-people-friendly, delicious brownies… next step, ruling the world?  Or maybe just another recipe using fun, new ingredients!

 

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Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Let me just start off by saying that matcha green tea is one of God’s great gifts to humans.  As humans, we tend to be imperfect and, as a result, reliant on what resources we are given to thrive.  In our imperfection, though, we often seek out the stuff that provides us with instant gratification rather than long-term vitality.

(And, yes, I say this as I am eating cheese-flavored popcorn.  I’m just a weak human?)

But, in some cases, we can get that instant gratification (think caffeine boost) with benefits that can help clean up our act, health-wise (think antioxidants).

So before you write off matcha green tea as coffee’s less exquisitely caffeinated substitute – you’d never do that anyway, right? – let me give you a little 5-point profile of my latest fave, the powerful matcha...

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

And just like that, summer as we knew it was gone.  With it went 95-degree swimming pools, driving free of 15-mph school crosswalk zones, and the long days that woke you up at 5 am and allowed 8 pm to look early enough for happy hour.  At least, that’s how we in the valley of Arizona could tell that fall had taken summer’s place. 

But, despite the lack of hard evidence for seasonal change, Arizonans are known for fiercely taking the concept of fall into their own hands. 

Fall decorations begin to appear in and on homes from the very second August is over.  The scent of apple-cider air fresheners wafts through the air.  Everyone is simply rabid for pumpkin spice lattes… and, well, anything “pumpkin” at all.

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Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Going out for ice cream was always a special treat when I was a kid – I couldn’t wait to get a big bowl (or, if it was a really special occasion, a dipped waffle cone!) of banana ice cream.  With gummy bears, of course.  Side note… I wish we had known about frozen-banana ice cream then!  It tastes exactly the same!

Anyhow, right around the time I went to college, I started becoming more health conscious.  That was when I realized what an honest-to-goodness splurge ice cream really is.  Yes, delicious.  Not so much low in fat or sugar! 

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