Sorry for the delay in posting! I was busy having fun with my in-laws who came to visit. It was soo wonderful to have them out here! But did everybody have a good Halloween?? Anybody feel like the scariness from Halloween carried over into those delightful campaign ads that finally ended this week?? I’ll warn you now that there’s a chance at least half of this post won’t make a lick of sense because of the effect the election nonsense is having on my brain this week. Yesterday was absolutely terrible. I couldn’t even get a half-decent text out to anyone. Bless the hearts of everyone communicating with me yesterday because they had to fill in some gaps that my brain conveniently left out. Being the day after election day, I was exhausted after staying up way too late the night before watching everything unfold just like everyone else. I even fell asleep on the couch – that’s how late it was. Because I don’t ever fall asleep on the couch. My husband however falls asleep all the time. Except he ends up on the floor because our couch is usually dominated by Copper the beagle. He likes to think of himself as the boss…
So anyways, I’m sorry in advance. But fried brain or not, it was time to get something out to ya!
And before anyone gets uncomfortable, I’m not in the mood to talk politics. That’s the absolute last thing I’d like to talk about right now. Yesterday I was in such a funk. The sky has been grey for the last three days, and everyone was (and probably still is) at each other’s throats all day on social media. Meanwhile, being in my funk, I was sitting in the corner just thinking about wine and brownies. So, that’s exactly what I made last night! Well, I made the brownies, not the wine. Making wine sounds fun and everything, but that’s more in the realm of my husband the homebrewer’s area of expertise. This recipe is my own spin on one of Elana Amsterdam’s many brownie recipes. I used to make these almost every single weekend because my husband (boyfriend at the time) and all of his friends absolutely loved them! And they had no clue that they were actually gluten-free and paleo and all of that fun hunky-dory stuff! These are pretty simple to whip up, and they definitely made the evening just a bit better. I hope they’ll make your week better too.
The only thing I will say is regardless of what side of all of the political stuff you’re on, I hope you can come back to the simple fact that we’re all human. We share that across the board. Don’t lose your humanity to anger, fear, and hate. Anger is a completely rational and understandable feeling, but it can spread like a disease until there’s no light left within if it’s left to fester for too long. I feel like a broken record, but focusing on loving each other is so much more powerful and profound. And healing. It’s incredibly healing.
Oh, and sorry about the pictures. I was frantically in competition with the sun to get a half ending thing defeated me. I’ll do better in the future – I promise!! Now that I stop and think about it, everything is just really crazy this week. Did they really think about having daylight savings and the election in the same week? Crazy people. Daylight savings and Veterans Day will keep me busy enough. Which reminds me, go hug a veteran tomorrow. Unless they don’t like hugs…then don’t hug them. My point is, go find someone who took time out of their lives specifically for our country and express your gratitude. They really need to hear it.
16 ounces almond butter (other nut butters will work too, I used pecan)
1 cup honey (or maple syrup – this will make the consistency slightly different but still yummy)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup cacao powder (cacao is raw cocoa, so cocoa powder will work here too)
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat the oven 325 degrees, and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- In a food processor, mix the almond butter until it’s smooth. And the eggs, honey, and vanilla, and process until combined.
- Blend in dry ingredients, and fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
- Pour batter into dish, and bake for 25-40 minutes (depending on how gooey or well done you like your brownies – mine were perfect at 25 minutes)
The original recipe from Elana Amsterdam can be found here.