Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Brownies Baby!!!

Hello loves! Its almost time for the recipe you all have been waiting for. But first, some notable eats of the past few days.
This ^ is Natalia Rose's Raw "Peanut" Sauce. I have been seeing it everywhere and knew I needed to try it for myself. I of course had to make a few changes because I did not have all the ingredients on hand. You can Google it and find the recipe in several places like here. The first adjustment I made was scaling it down to one serving just in case I didn't like it (even thought there is not much I don't like), also I didn't want to sacrifice a whole cup of almond butter :). I nixed the water, the oil and the Nama Shoyu (whatever that is?) and instead of lemon juice I used lime and instead of a jalapeno I used red pepper flakes. The result? A beautifully creamy, tangy but slightly spicy dressing. I loved it and served it over this salad for lunch at my moms...

  • leftover broccoli slaw
  • zucchini
  • carrot
  • tomato
  • raw corn
  • cucumber
  • sea salt
My mom tasted it and loved it so much she made her own salad and dumped the leftover juice from mine onto hers :) I also had some Ezek smeared with some of the dressing..
For dinner I was craving me some salmon. I marinated and then cooked in the oven and topped with BBQ sauce...
It was a 6 oz fillet and this was half. I went back for the other half :).

Now for the recipe you have all been waiting for.... SWEET POTATO AND CINNAMON BROWNIES
I adapted it from this months Clean Eating Magazine. It says that it serves 16 but I beg to differ!!

  • 1 cup ww flour
  • 1/2 unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer Hershey's Dark)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend (recipe calls for 1/2 cup agave)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (recipe calls for olive oil), peanut butter would be great as well
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • egg substitute equal to 6 egg white (recipe calls for 6 egg whites)
  • cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. In a processor combine sweet potato with rest of wet ingredients and puree until smooth.
  3. Gradually incorporate wet into dry, until just combined. Do not over mix
  4. In a separate dry bowl, whisk egg whites until fluffy. Then fold into batter gently, using rubber spatula.
  5. Spray the sides of a 9x9x2 baking dish. Pour into pan and place batter into oven. Bake 16 to 18 min. Remove and allow to cool for 30 min.
The Frosting is as follows (I recommend just straight up peanut butter)
  • 1/2 low fat plain cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp unsweet cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp water (optional)
Mix all together and spread on cooled brownies. Don't make the mistake I did and not let the cream cheese soften if you buy the brick. That's why mine looks lumpy. There is only so much I can remember with 2 sweets crazed kids in the house at 10 o'clock at night.

Nutrition for original recipe: 140 cals, 5 grams fat, 21 carbs, 12 sugars, 4 grams protein

The man didn't even know there was sweet potato in them but if you look close enough you can see it...

....It sure dint deter the little one!! The brownies were polished off in less than 24 hours. They were so thick and fudgy and I absolutely loved them.

Ok, now for the 10 things honest things about me for the Scrap Award I received from dear sweet Linda (this is doubling as my CONFESSION OF THE DAY)
  1. I have a brother that's 38
  2. I have an older sister that died last September
  3. I played volleyball, basketball and softball in my freshman year of HS (I later just stuck with softball)
  4. Scary movies make me cry
  5. I met, got pregnant and married my husband with in 5 months (yes, in that order)
  6. I was the school bus bully in elementary school (that's what happens when you are at least a foot taller than everyone else)
  7. I never finished college
  8. My littlest kitten is named "Puffin" after the cereal Peanut Butter Puffins
  9. I am looking for job (anybody wanna hook me up?)
  10. I went to 5 different high schools
Whose excited that's its almost Friday?? Any plans? The lake is calling this mamas name!!!!!

To come....
Tex Mex Sloppy Joe's
Inside Out Reece's Cups


  1. Those brownies look delicious! I've made some that had pureed black beans in them before which you can't tell unless you look very very closely ;-)

    Have fun this weekend, I don't know what I'm doing yet but it will be better than work!

  2. Oh my goodness those brownies look amazing! Gonna have to make them for sure!
    <3 jess

  3. I think BROWNIES would be a GREAT treat this weekend! Think I'll give your recipe a shot!

    I had salmon last night too!!!! I topped mine with the sauce for "Chicken Picata" which is pretty much lemon and capers...I was FAB!

    must be Salmon night!

    I never finished college either... I should though.

    Yeah for it being almost FRIDAY

  4. I have to try those brownies!! Such a short ingredient list too...I think I will this weekend...

    Your salmon looked really good to me for some reason also! I guess I just haven't had any in a while.

  5. Everything about your lunch looks fantastic! I can't wait to see your inside out Reese's cups :) YUM!

    Love the ten things!!

  6. The peanut sauce sounds amazing! I must check it out soon :)

    Wow, those brownies look awesome too!

    Interesting 10 things! Wow 5 different high schools?

  7. insideoutreesescups?!

  8. Yum, those brownies look amazing. I want them now! I sometimes buy the Clean Eating mag, but really just need to subscribe. All your eats look delish. Looking forward to the upcoming recipes. Have a great weekend :)

  9. That is seriously a great brownie recipe. Not only do those stats look good, you made them look like SUPER solid fudgy brownies!!! (It still seems like so much work though...and i'm lazy, so kudo's to you for making them for the family!)

    hahah thanks for clarifying the order of your love story. I think it's cute and look how well it turned out!!! How old is your little girl?? OH! And i have one question for you! You look like you're a halfie somehow...though I can't but my finger on it! Can you tell me where your exotic features come from? I'm SO curious!

  10. #7 and #9 apply to me as well.
    i am def. trying those brownies soon!

  11. I love todays confessions. I met and got engaged to my fiance within 2 months. One year later I became pregnant with my daughter and we have been engaged for almost 3 years now. We won't even be married until I finish school (financial aid)...So, our daughter could go to kindergarten and have unmarried, engaged parents (Gasp!)

  12. Ok couple comments...that dressing looks like it could become a staple for me. I too would not want to waste a cup of AB on a dud recipe. So just to clarify, you used some AB, some lime juice, the maple syrup, ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic. And just kind of used proportions that worked? I just need a jumping off point, those ingredients together sound fabulous and I am going to try it!

    Next up, the brownies. LOVE the thickness, denseness, total fudge factor. I don't do gluten so I could make these but would have to sub out for GF flour, probably not gonna happen any time soon, but will keep em in mind.

    If you're not anal about being totally clean, organic, raw, etc...powdered sugar and a little almond milk or hemp milk and a dash of vanilla make a nice white-ish frosting. And a half avocado, 1/4 c cocoa powder, and 1/2 c agave make a nice chocolate frosting that actually could be raw.

    Ok sorry for the novel :)

  13. OMG! Sweet potato and cinnamon brownies--could it get any better--only if they were gluten free:) I'm kind of new reading your blog. I need to add you to my blogroll so I don't forget about you!! Anyway, enjoy what I see and look forward to visiting more often:)

  14. Omg those brownies... i wish i could eat one right now they look amazing. This weekend im shopping for outfits for senior pics and taking my license test today!! (:

  15. I want a piece of that sweet potato brownie!!! it looks delicious!!!! :D

    fun facts of you, especially that with your husband! :)

  16. woowoo for the weekend and sweet potato cinnamon brownies - GENIUS my dear!

    enjoy the weekend!

  17. The brownies look A-mazing. Thank you for including your modified recipe...I am definitely making them soon!
    5 months is such a whirlwind romance! When you know, you know, right?! :) Just out of nosy curiousity, how tall are you? I always feel a kindship with other tall bloggers ;)

  18. love the brownies!!! they look so awesome!
    that peanut sauce looks pretty good too!

    i had a whirlwind romance like that- just no kids.. i already had one! lol

  19. Hi Justine! Finally have time to catch up with your bloggy!

    Man, you have had some major heartache already in such a young woman, I'm so sorry to hear that :(

    Thanks for such great recipes....can't wait to try them...they look amazing :D

  20. yum, i just made a version of these! there are pics on my blog at, i hope you like the changes i made...

    thanks so much for all of your really interesting and healthful posts ♥

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