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Feeding the Sweet Tooth

On Saturday night, I met up with some friends from my previous company that I hadn’t been able to see in a crazy long time. One of them is in the book club and actually has a blog of her own, Dresses and Desserts. She just made these flower girl dresses that are adorable!

Anyways, I wanted to bring something with me for dessert and decided on some brownies. I wanted to take a turn at making some healthier brownies, and ended up combining ideas from a few recipes to build this one. It tasted fantastic, and was definitely lower in calories and fat than any other brownies I have made.

Double Chocolate Brownies

 

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt 3/4 Cup Egg Whites
3 Eggs 1 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoon Milk

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter and 3/4 Cups Chocolate chips. microwave until melted and blended at 30 second intervals. Stir in milk to make smooth.

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2. Stir the flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl.

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3. With a mixer, mix the eggs, egg whites and sugar. Then add in the applesauce, oil and vanilla.

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4. Blend in the chocolate-butter mix. And then gradually add in the dry flour mix. Blend until mixed well. Lastly, add in the last chocolate chips.

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5. Pour the batter into a 13×9 dish that is greased. Bake it at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the center is cooked throughout. Use the toothpick method.

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They definitely tasted healthier than your typical brownie but lost no real chocolate flavor. They didn’t last long at all.

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While the brownies were in the oven, Bacon and Oreo had gotten into a tug of war with a cute little pink bear…and the bear lost.

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Normally this isn’t a notable occurrence, but it just looked so devastated on the floor haha.

After brownie baking, I ran over to the gym to get a quick workout in and this message was up on the board as a little motivational point…and I have to say…it worked.

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Haha…Runnnnn!

 

What do you grab for when your sweet tooth is calling you??

 

 

Abracadabra Ice Cream and an Apple Butter Egg White Breakfast

This morning was  a really slow one. I ended up sleeping in until 10, which NEVER happens. But we were out late celebrating our friend Jeff’s birthday and after the 6 miler, I can understand how I might have been a bit exhausted.

When I was looking into the cabinets for a direction to go with I found the left over egg white from the Chocolate Oreo Pie I made yesterday and some unopened Apple Butter. And BAM! Breakfast was born.

What’s in this masterpiece is 2 egg whites, 1 Tablespoon of Apple Butter, 1 Slice of American Cheese and obviously a slice of bread. It was really quite simple. The Apple Butter adds a sweetness to the sandwich that was really unexpected, but in a good way. I haven’t experimented with Apple Butter too much in the past, but after this experience, it is making it our of the fridge more often.

After devouring the sandwich, I still wasn’t satisfied, so I mixed up a protein shake with Vanilla ALmond Milk and Chocolate Protein Powder.

Brent and I then brought the puppies out on a little adventure. We swung by a nearby school to play fetch with them, but after about 10 throws they were donezo. It was in the 90’s today here. WOOF.

So we gathered up the pups and headed off to ABRACADABRA! It’s an Ice Cream shop located in Kissimmee. There is also a sister location in Clermont, FL. As I was talking to the owner, he was saying that the concept for this place was developed by a Chef in Utah and the idea is actually a nation wide concept.

But what is the concept exactly??

Well, you pick out all of your ingredients for an ice cream flavor. They also have some suggestions for you. I chose the Apple Pie Ice Cream and Brent had a Magic Mix. They put a liquid batter I guess you would call it, into a large metal bowl. Throw in the apple pie mixings, and the zap it with Liquid Nitrogen! Cooooollll.

The amount of smoke coming off of it was a crazy amount more, but my camera wouldn’t focus. 😦 Oreo actually started barking at it as it was rolling off the counter at her.

The options here are absolutely endless, which I think is the best part. Let your mind wander and come up with your ideal flavor of ice cream and you can make it come to life at this place.

If you for some reason don’t LOVE the ice cream flavor that you got, they will gladly take it back for you and mix up another one for you. Brent and I LOVED our ice creams. Arguably some of the best I have ever had.

They are extremely dog friendly as well. LOVE those places 🙂 As soon as we rolled up with our crew, Oreo got in her few barks and the owner literally ran up to the two with dog bones and a huge bowl of water. They had a great little time. I had to share a bit of my ice cream with them too. Such a sucker.

We were also noticing that they really seemed to invite everyone to come out and just hang out. I can’t tell you how hospitable the owner was. He was really on top of making sure we were loving the ice cream and the puppies were happy. He runs the place with his family and they also have pizza on the menu!

In the back, they have a fenced in area for kids to run around and enjoy their ice cream.

I really just got the sense that the owner loved what he did and really just wanted people to be happy. And he definitely did that. If you are coming down to Fl for vacation and get to disney, I would suggest popping over to Abracadabra. It is a nice little escape and you can’t get ice cream like this just anywhere. If you live in the area, just do it 🙂

For the remainder of the day, I caught up on some more sleep and it seems pizza is on the menu for tonight. Casual, lovely Sunday.

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Pumpkin? Apple Pie? Fish Food?? Or just the standard chocolate and vanilla??

My go to is cookie dough. Always have and always will. It’s my no fail. But I love trying new flavors just to spice things up!