Memorial Day Weekend

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So for Memorial Day Weekend my friend Kellie and her family had a cookout celebration!

Naturally I had to bake something…

I know I said I’ve been into using healthy ingredients and such…

well…this is NOT one of those instances.

What do you get when you combine 2 sticks of butter, sugar, and oreo cookies? Heaven that’s what.

Pure delicious heaven.

This was a fairly easy recipe too, and not many ingredients.

They turned out very soft and chewy…must be all that butter…

The recipe said it made 36…………..I got a good 60 cookies out of this recipe. The dough was never ending!

Now i could be exaggerating on the 60 part…but it sure made a lot more than 36. I lost count.

Would you believe these pictures were taken with an iPhone? Not bad if you ask me!

I found this recipe here and just tweaked it a little!

The original says they’re better if you refrigerate the dough…i didn’t and they turned out great. However i’ve never tried the chilling method so I can’t really vouch for it.

COOKIES AND CREAM COOKIES

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
30 Oreos with chocolate creme, roughly chopped into 4-6 pieces (I just use my best judgement of how much oreo-ness i want, it might’ve been a little less than 30)

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line baking trays with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and sugars together using an electric mixer until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Mix in the flour, salt and baking soda on a low speed until combined. Add the Oreo pieces and mix until just combined.

Scoop tablespoons of dough onto baking trays and bake for 9-10 minutes. Makes 36 cookies. (More like 60…)

 

Here’s one last picture…not as good as the others BUT you can see all the buttery goodness so I figured i’d share 😉

Hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend and sending thoughts to all those in/with loved ones in the military.

 

Pudding!

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Today is gorgeous!

I woke up and started thinking about dessert per usual.

I had seen some recipes for pudding online and I decided to wing it and not even use a recipe OR any measuring tools.

I got my food processor out.

Cut up a medium sized avocado.

Threw it in.

Eyeballed some cocoa powder…I’m guessing it was like 1/3 of a cup? I couldn’t tell you.

I squeezed some agave in.

Blended it up.

 

 

 

 

Creamy.

 

Pretty tasty.

Here’s my consensus. I’m not a huge fan of avacado to begin with, so personally I could taste it a little bit and I didn’t care for that part. But the after taste is sweet and chocolatey! Pretty amazing!

Also, it’s better cold!

🙂

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Recipe:

1 can black beans, rinsed (420 calories)

1/4 cup cocoa powder (80)

pinch of salt

3 squares of dark chocolate, melted (170) *

2 tbs agave (120)

1 egg white (15)

2 tbs natural applesauce (12.5)

1 tsp vanilla

* I used a giant chocolate bar from hershey park, the total size was 6.8 ounces.

Instructions:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth. You can add more agave if it’s not sweet enough. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until they brownies look done and start to pull away from the edge.

This recipe didn’t exactly turn out the way I wanted. The brownies didn’t bake up, it was more like fudge? I don’t even know. Just an experiment to see how low I could get the calories.

I think I learned a lesson today. Everything turns out better with sugar. 😦

After these results, I ended up making a close to full fat recipe for black bean brownies which can be found here!

With the sugar and eggs, they really baked up into the brownie we all know in love. mmm 🙂

On the left is the low sugar version, right is the sugar version.

Also, instead of the 2 tbs of oil that the linked recipe calls for, I used 1 tbs coconut oil and 1 tbs unsweetened applesauce. Everything else I kept the same!

Nutrition

Low Sugar

Whole pan is 817.5 /12 = 68 calories per brownie

Sugar Version

whole pan is 1306 / 16 = 81 calories per brownie

oh hello !

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I’m Deanna 🙂

I’ve wanted to start a blog for awhile, but it’s really intimidating! There are SO many and there is so much I want to put up! I don’t even know where to start…

Wellllp, time to try.

I love baking.

That was easy.

Lately I’ve been testing out a lot of healthy baking alternatives, such as using beans instead of flour, coconut oil, no refined sugars, and lots of eating all of it.

Here’s my most recent goal.

How many times have you wanted to just sit, be fat, and eat a whole pan of brownies?

I know I have.

What if you could do just that?

I’m working on a recipe that if you happen to eat the whole pan by accident, you wouldn’t hate yourself and snowball into a downward spiral diet.

Results soon to come 🙂

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