Kale Brownies….?

Ok so these brownies are for risk takers. Also for people who bought a bunch of kale before going away for the weekend and need some creative things to do with it before it goes bad.

Chocolate Covered Katie to the rescue!

When I was looking around for some kale inspiration, I was not expecting to find brownies. But I trusted this recipe. And I made it. And it is flippin’ awesome.

I made them yesterday and thought they were a little sweet. But when is that ever a problem? I figured they would be a good quick little snack before my long run this morning; woke up and had one* with my green tea before I headed out the door and felt great. They definitely work for immediate and sustained energy. Better than shoving a couple of dates and almonds in my mouth in a sleepy stupor when I’m tight on time.

I like to think the green flecks add some character…

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*one = that much ^

Anyway, as I’ve said before, I hate measuring stuff out. Or following directions. and clearly I’m not a fan of serving sizes either considering the above. That’s why I’m not going to attribute my future blogging success to my amazing recipe index.

So the recipe says to blend the first 6 wet ingredients and sift the dry ones, and then pour the wet in as you stir. But I obviously didn’t do that. I tried blending the wet stuff first but then next thing i knew i accidentally threw the cocoa powder in there too, and then I forgot about the the dry ingredients until i had already poured the wet into the bowl. I flaked on the salt and vanilla extract all together…It was  a mess.

I was also pretty liberal with the ingredients: 1/2tsp=dash, 1/4cup= dumping some in a full cup until it looks right.

The one thing that did make a difference: leaving them in the fridge over night. they were real mushy for hours after they came out of the oven; I could barely cut a piece for my dad. But this morning they were perfect. And I think that last part was the only thing I did right.

I will definitely be making this again. and on the reg.

Carob Chip Cookies!

Okay, so I’m the definition of a sloth today.
It’s summertime in Florida aka 95 degrees outside. Ask me if there’s anything I want to do less than run.
I’m baking instead.
…I don’t believe in recipes. I’d rather expiriment and just do what I think will taste the best. I find good recipes, then I throw stuff in and leave stuff out accordingly.
That’s probably why my roommates usually refuse to try anything I make. Their loss, cause these cookies are awesome.

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I bought carob chips at Whole Foods the other day and have been trying to figure out something to make with them. This was a good choice.
So here’s what’s in them:
Coconut flour
Fat free greek yogurt
Almond Milk
Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of baking powder
Sweetener
Carob chips

I mixed equal parts of the flour and yogurt (probz about 2 tablespoons) with all the other ingredients except for the almond milk. Then i poured the milk in one splash at a time until the dough got to the consistency I wanted, and that was it.
Set the oven to 350, spooned it out into balls on a cookie sheet and I was good to go. Left it in for like 10 minutes or something. til the edges were brown.

There are a couple reasons I hate recipes. One – I feel like they are so limiting. What if I wanted to throw some pecans in there too? or some banana and cinnamon? I’m not going to try and stop someone from making variations with what they like.
The other reason is that I’m just too damn lazy to measure stuff out. and then clean the dishes that accumulate from it. You know what I had to wash after this production? a bowl, a spoon, and a cookie sheet. That’s my kind of baking.

Also…I ate all of these. at one time. Oops.