What is your fave Halloween candy? Or really anytime candy? I was that weird kid that loved Almond Joys and Mounds bars at Halloween. Not that I ever really turned down anything that was a chocolate bar. And if ya can’t pick just one fave, join the club!
And if ya had to pick one dessert would you be able to stick with just one? Ya know that question about being stuck on a deserted island and having one food (assume it’s dessert here) to eat for the rest of your life? Cruel, cruel question to ask. How is that even possible? Depending on my mood I go from fruity to chocolatey to ice cream back to fruity, back to baked goods and round and round I go.
And because I just made these brownies and they’re (gonna toot my own horn here) pretty damn good, I’m into brownies right now. But as it warms up this week, I’ll probably want some ice cream. I have a hard time picking just 1 anything. Favorite color, favorite music, favorite food etc. etc. I’d like to say it’s because I’m so flexible and go with the flow. Not because I’m indecisive at all. Nope, not one bit.
But ya know what I have been pretty decisive on? Making sure that I let the people in my life, even if it’s just in passing by, that they are appreciated. I hear a lot of complaints. And I give them, too. But imagine if for every time we wanted to complain about something we also gave a statement of gratitude, praise, or flattery?
I have a friend who I almost never hear complain. She just states things really objectively with an ‘oh well’ attitude and moves on.
I’ve been practicing with myself, mostly in the mirror. Every time I complain about something on my body I have to give myself a compliment on something else about my body. Same thing with my mind. I tend to be super hard on myself and I imagine you are, too. So when I get down on myself for something that didn’t go so well or something that I looked back on with a cringe, I also have to tell myself something that I did positive, as well. For me this kind of reflection allows me to be honest with myself, but also not get into a slump where I wanna throw my hands up in the air. I am better able to sit with my choices and learn from them as well.
But I am also trying to practice it with others. We hear (and give) so many complaints that we don’t even realize that we are putting out negative energy, which then attracts more negative energy and into that downward spiral we all go. But if we let other people know how much they were appreciated or what we thought of their bold choices to try something new or share positive feedback we hear instead of just the negative, we’d be surrounding ourselves with so much more positive energy.
Not to say we shouldn’t give constructive feedback and we should be sycophants to those around us, but we should be real and give as much positive feedback as the negative.
If the cynical me can do it, so can you. So give it a try with yourself and see how you feel afterwards! I guarantee you won’t be harboring any poor images of yourself.
I know that these brownies are AH-mazing, as these hands are always coming in to steal them from my shoots. Plus, Mr. CN was giving me some major positive feedback on them and in 24 hours they were gone.
They’re a similar base to these PB swirl brownies I posted a few weeks ago, but with almond butter as the base instead of PB + the added coconut layer + almonds + drizzle. You only need a food processor and some simple whole ingredients and you’ll be chowing down on these chewy brownies in 30 minutes!
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Vegan almond joy brownies (gluten-free)
- 1 1/2 c oat flour (oats ground in a blender of food processor)
- 7-8 soft Medjool dates , pitted
- 1/2 c creamy almond butter
- 1/2 c cacao powder
- 3/4 c plant-based milk , such as almond, hemp, coconut or cashew
- 1/2 avocado flesh
- 1 tbsp coconut oil , softened
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 c chocolate chips , divided
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup 1 for less sweet, 2 for more
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (or coconut cream)
- 1/4 c almonds roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 dark chocolate bar , chopped (I prefer Alter Eco 85% or Dark Chocolate Sea Salt 70%)
Grease a brownie pan with coconut oil.
Combine all ingredients together in a food processor excluding 1/2 of the chocolate chips.
Pour batter and smooth into the prepared brownie pan and top with remaining chocolate chips.
Bake at 325˚F for 15 minutes. The brownies will be slightly underdone. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
In the meantime, combine coconut layer ingredients in a medium bowl. With a spatula, spread evenly over brownies. Top with chopped almonds.
Turn on your broiler to high. Place the brownies on the top rack of the broiler for 3-4 minutes to toast the coconut and almonds.
Melt the dark chocolate bar in a double boiler or in the microwave at 15-20 second increments. Drizzle over the brownies.
Allow brownies to cool before cutting into them.
Serve immediately or place in an air tight container.