Brownies…Upgraded & Delicious

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Hellooo summer! Okay, well maybe summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, but if you’re a parent or if you work in a school district, it’s time to celebrate! I started a new position doing traditional occupational therapy work part time back in January at a charter school. I said I would never work in schools for several reasons, but this happened to be a wonderful transition and I’ve really enjoyed the team and the kids I work with. As you can imagine, I work a lot on aiming to improve motor coordination and self-regulation abilities. Soon, I’m hoping to be able to integrate my work as a health coach to be able to teach the kids about nutrition and how it impacts everything, especially their learning, mood, and arousal state.

I started a handwriting group this year for second grade students and I wanted to celebrate their hard work and effort with a special treat for our last day. In addition, as a team, we celebrate birthdays by bringing in a dessert. It was my turn to bring in the treat and my team member requested chocolate brownies. I happily accepted…I would never turn down such an opportunity…taste testing healthier gooey, chocolate brownies, yes please!

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Knowing that I didn’t want to spend too long in the kitchen (no time for experimenting this time!) and I didn’t want to have to buy a lot of ingredients, I went to Elana’s Pantry for some inspiration. Without a doubt, I was in the right place. Here’s how it all turned out…delicious!

These brownies are perfect for you if you love a rich, moist & gooey brownies that are super simple to make…oh, and it’s a far better option for your health than those boxed brownie mixes you can buy (just as simple too!) that are filled with unhealthy sugars and additives.

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Without further I ado, I followed this Brownie recipe, using only half the amount of chocolate chips and adding a little stevia to make up for the sweet of the chocolate chips. I also made another batch, but this time we went sans cocoa powder to make the Almond Butter Blondies, again using only half the chocolate chips and adding a bit of stevia. I also used honey as agave is extremely processed and has nearly the same effects on your blood sugar as high fructose corn syrup. I mixed them by hand as I didn’t have an electric blender…oh, and just a heads up that the cooking time really does vary so you might have to decrease the temperature as the top and outer edges cook faster leaving the inside undercooked.

The kids loved them, I loved them and I especially loved that they were SO SIMPLE to make. Thank you Elana for another fabulous recipe!

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