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Peppermint Paleo Brownies x2!!

Yep TIMES 2!!  I have been a busy girl today.  I wanted make something “sweet” for the hubs and kiddos since I am eating paleo and haven’t brought any kind of dessert into the house in a while.  I found a couple of recipes that sounded pretty good…all while being paleo friendly.  I had such high hopes because of the raves these recipes received.  But I know me…and my taste buds can NOT be deceived by fake desserts.  But these weren’t for me were they?  Sometimes I forget.

The two recipes I decided to try were this one from PaleOMG and this one from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  The first recipe I tried was the one from PaleOMG.  On her page she warned that her brownies turned out super ugly.  LOL  How can a brownie be super ugly?  That is just nonsense.  Or is it?  Keep reading.

This is what you will need for the  PaleOMG Fudgy Brownies.  (Or fugly brownies should I say?)  ANYWHO…!

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The main ingredients were figs and the Enjoy Life chocolate Mini Chips.  This is what was going to give the brownies their sweet chocolatey flavor as well as most of the bulk.  UH OH.  That’s a lot of figs!!  I followed the instructions and used my food processor to blend the figs to an even consistency.  I kind of wish I would have used my Vitamix to achieve a smoother batter, but remember when I try a recipe for the first time I follow it to a T.  And when Julie says to use a food processor I don’t ask questions.  (Yes, we are on first name basis too.)  BFF’s really.

I proceeded with the rest of the recipe but did not snap pics because my daughter let my camera battery run down.  Phhht!!  And well, this Iphone camera just doesn’t take very good pics.  SOOOOO…fast forward to the batter complete according to the recipe and this is when I added 5 drops of Young Living Peppermint Oil.  I blended it a little more to mix it in thoroughly and then it was ready to be poured into the muffin cups.  Julie used silicone muffin cups.  I on the other hand went rogue and used regular paper baking cups because I have tried to rid my kitchen of silicon, plastic, and such.  Plus I never had silicon baking cups.

Understand that the batter was THICK!!!  It could not be poured.  It was very sticky so I had to scoop it up and scrape it into the cups and TRY to get it to fill them evenly.  It took a bit…but I finally got it done.  I stuck them in the oven for 20-25mins.  When I took them out they looked like poop.  Burnt poop.  Literally.  I could not get the batter “level” in the cups because of how sticky thick it was…and those peaks burned.  But no worries…I just cut those little tips off and voila…unburnt poop brownies.

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Thankfully my daughter and one of her friends were here to taste test and they both said they were good.  They loved the peppermint taste and said they tasted just like “regular brownies”.  I was shocked.  I took their word.  Then when my husband got home he gave me the thumbs up too.  I will try one after dinner.  I promise.

They are ugly.  And the top is sort of dry.  But the middle and bottom are very “browniesh”.  Very moist and “heavy”.  That’s how regular brownies always seem to me.

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For Diary of a Stay at Home Mom’s “Amazing Paleo Brownies” here is what I used.

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The main ingredients in this recipe were avocados, chocolate, and cacao powder.  I was a bit worried about them being too chocolatey.  I know that is not possible for some of you to imagine but for me it is.  I like chocolate…but just a little.  I followed the recipe by blending the avocados smooth.  Then each ingredient was added in one by one.  This batter was super creamy and smooth.  It looked delish!!!  I finished following the recipe and of course then added 5 drops of the Peppermint Oil again.

This recipe called for the batter to be poured into an 8×8 pan.  And this time it was easily pourable.  I already knew these would be MY favorite just because they were “easier” to work with.  I baked them for about 35mins.  They were so pretty right out of the oven.  No poop look alike with these bad boys.   They were perfect…I thought.

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Once I let them cool I had my hubby try them.  He took a bite and then paused.  That is never a good sign.  He suggested they cook for a little longer.  I looked and they did seem a little “wet” on the inside.  I baked them for another 5 mins.  Took them out and I tried one.  Same thing…too wet.  So back in they went. After another 5 mins I let my daughter try it.  She said they were good but really “smooshy” which really meant wet.  But not near as much.  And I kind of just chalked it up to the avocados.

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They were still given a thumbs up…but my daughter and my husband both agree the ugly brownies tasted better!!  WHAT?!?!  My verdict?  I still haven’t had a poop brownie…and the avocado brownie was not very sweet.  It has a very subtle sweetness.  The Peppermint Oil saved this recipe.  I think next time I will combine these two recipes.  Maybe adding both avocados and figs.  Just not as much as in the above recipes.

The Peppermint Oil was a nice little added flavor to both recipes.  The crisp coolness of the oil made the brownies more autumnal.  And who doesn’t like treats and eats to remind them of fall?  I will definitely use it again.

Can yall tell the difference between the two when I put them together?

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Here are the recipes and detailed instructions directly from the original sites:

PaleOMG’s Fudgy Brownies
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Serves: 6+

Ingredients
  • 1½ cup dried figs (any stems removed)
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pull out your handy dandy food processor and add your figs to it. Puree until your figs have broken down evenly.
  3. Add your melted coconut oil to the processor to mix with the figs.
  4. Next add your melted chocolate chips and eggs and mix.
  5. Now add your coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix together.
  6. So I made these in silicone muffin liners in my muffin tin, filling them up halfway and they cooked perfectly. I’m not sure what they would be like if you baked them in a normal 8×8 baking dish.
  7. Fill 12 liners with the THICK brownie batter. Yes, it should be that thick. That’s why my brownies look like sh*t in the picture. Totally the brownies fault.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool before consuming. Seriously. They honestly taste even better the second day around!
Notes
This made 12 muffins or fudgy brownie bites-if you must
Diary of a Stay at Home Mom’s Amazing Paleo Brownies
Ingredients:1 bar of dark, unsweetened chocolate (70% or more)
3 avocados
3 eggs
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup raw honey
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
1tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Coconut oil (plus a little more to grease the pan)
Optional:  Fresh raspberries or strawberries for toppingYou could probably add walnuts but I chose not to.Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Grease an 8×8  baking pan with some coconut oil

Peel and pit the avocados and put in mixing bowl, use mixer and get them as smooth as you can.  Put coconut oil in small saucepan and let melt, then add the dark chocolate.  Make sure you stir it on low so it does not burn.  Pour the melted chocolate over the avocados and mix again.  One by one add other ingredients blending well with the mixer.  You do not want any chunks of avocado left in your mix.

Pour the mix into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes.  Let cool before eating.

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If you know me at all, you know I suffer from horrible back pain.  I have degenerative disc disease in my lower back.  My dad has had multiple back surgeries and still suffers from debilitating pain…even with narcotic pain medicine.  I went to a back specialist and he informed me that the discs in my lower back were completely gone.  Where there should be the “cushion” of a gel like disc…I have bone on bone.  He told me that he could write me a prescription for pain meds and an anti-inflammatory.  I accepted to the anti-inflammatory but declined the narcotic.  He said that eventually if the pain is too much I will need to consider surgery…the procedure is called a 360 fusion.  They make an incision through my stomach…and one through my back.  They fuse the lower vertebrae with metal and or bone taken from another area.  I said NO THANKS!  I continued to suffer through lots of painful days and loads of Motrin.  Until I found the Morphine Bomb.  It eases my pain so much that I rarely, if ever, take Motrin or my prescription NSAIDs.  YAY for YL oils!!!!  Natural pain relief!!!!  I am all for it!!

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And so it begins…

First Blog…woot woot!!  Now…what to write?  Should I be funny or informative, uncensored or politically correct?  I am just gonna have to go with real and see what comes out.  I am all excited and nervous to put this out on the world wide interwebs!!  Ha!  Will I be liked?  Will I be hated?  Will I even be seen…or should I say read?  I already need a drink…or two.

I suppose this first post should be a sort of introduction about who I am and why I wanted to start blogging.  So here goes!!  I’m Christina…aka The Crunchy RN.  I decided to start this blog to document a few things: My turning 40…my love of Young Living oils…my new healthy/Paleo diet…not to mention just my daily musings and goings on.  I hope this blog helps and interests others at the same time holds me accountable to a healthier lifestyle.

I am a wife to an amazingly funny and super cute dude.  We have 3 kiddos total…1 being my own and 2 bonus kids from his first marriage.  I never knew how hard it would be to blend a family…but wow, what a blessing!!!
I am an RN and have been for about 7 years.  I started out working in the NICU but now work on the post-partum unit.  However, being a nurse does NOT equate to being healthy.  Quite the opposite.  After meeting my husband a few years back I began questioning the medicines I was giving and taking for that matter.  I started researching vaccines, chemicals in water, OTC and prescription drugs and their affects on our bodies.  About a year and a half ago I walked into a patients room who was diffusing Thieves. After talking in length to her and her husband about oils I went home that evening and signed up with YL.  Oils have changed my life!!!  I use them daily on myself, my kids, my husband, and my coworkers and anyone who will let me oil them!!!  I want to share them with the world!!!!  Can you tell that I am a whole hearted believer in them?  If you would like to learn more about Young Living essential oils shoot me an email or check out others’ testimonials here:  http://www.oil-testimonials.com/1521378
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I have tried to go “healthy” in other aspects of my life as well.  I use natural household cleaning products, natural skin care, and natural haircare.  However, it wasn’t until a recent Dr’s visit where I found out that I am “pre-diabetic” that I realized I have to get serious about the foods I am putting in my body.  So now I am about to start my journey down the Paleo highway.  Very tiny, little, itty-bitty baby steps.  I will not be perfect all the time…But I will try daily to be healthier.  I hope to post recipes, links, tips and anything else that may help someone else walking a similar path.
I love, love, love anything DIY.  It’s what you will find me doing when I am not homeschooling the kids or working.  I would rather try to do it myself than pay someone.  I have about 50 projects on my to-do list…that I haven’t started yet or that are not complete.  I tend to get bored with a project and leave a tad bit on each one unfinished.  It’s my signature move.  Kind of like an artists signature.  ha!
I turn 40 in less than 2 months!!!  And let me tell you…40 is coming at me like a spider monkey!!!  I was hoping to ease smoothly into my new decade with class and grace.  That is obviously not gonna happen.  My plan is to meet 40 head on with my oils in hand…grace and ease out the window.  But for now I will enjoy the remaining days of my 30’s.