Making Love and Almond Chocolate Brownies
Sundays are for making love and baking almond chocolate brownies. Enjoy the simple and sweet moments and this super easy and quick recipe.
Just imagine...waking up with a smile next to the person you love on a sunny Sunday morning...
...And now imagine baking luscious almond chocolate brownies, sharing each bite together, each moment, each laughter while still in your pajamas...
Yes, I am a hopeless romantic. But romance doesn't have to start and end in bed. Each moment spent doing something you love can be romantic. Each moment spent doing something nice for someone you love can be romantic.
Today I'm taking you into my kitchen. We're going to bake the easiest almond chocolate brownies ever! You know, baking can be super messy, sexy and sweet like a romantic relationship. And who doesn't like that? Preparing your own food once in a while is also sexy. It's a form of love - love for your ingredients, love for your body, love for the good things in life.
Love creates love. To me, love is energy that creates miracles. Yes, I believe in miracles, not because I have my pink glasses on, which I totally wear everywhere, but because I have witnessed and tried love's kindness, motivation, inspiration, healing, and strength through my own life experiences.
Even now I'm smiling thinking about these moments - the crazy, unimaginable, magical, mysterious, wonderful, beautiful ways in which life operates. I'm straying away from the subject at hand, which is the delicious recipe for sweet almond chocolate brownies.
I like this recipe. It's easy to follow. Simple ingredients. Rich taste. Healthy benefits. Little mess to clean up afterwards. Lots of compliments to accept from friends and family. (wink, wink)
I like baking and cooking because it gives me a sense of control and it feeds my creativity. I know what goes in the food I'm eating, which makes it that much sweeter and richer in taste. And it gives me pleasure - pleasure of creating something from scratch, pleasure of seeing smiles around the table, pleasure of challenging myself to learn new skills.
I encourage you to try preparing a meal at home at least once a week. It does't have to be a gourmet dish. It can be something as simple as warm oatmeal pancakes with fresh fruit. If you don't enjoy cooking, brainstorm ways you can make it a better experience. For example, I like to play music. I sing to my ingredients and I throw in a dance move or two. Try to enjoy the process your way. If washing the dishes and cleaning up are the reason for you to stay away from the kitchen, see if anyone you live with would be willing to do an exchange of services. You make a delicious home cooked meal and they clean up and wash the dishes. Maybe you don't like cooking because you can never get it to look like it does on the picture in the recipe book or because it just doesn't taste right. So what if it still doesn't turn out the way you wanted? Try again next time. Practice makes perfect. You might even start enjoying it. I burn and overcook things all the time, but that doesn't stop me from living my Master Chef moment every time!
Chocolate Almond Brownies Recipe
Servings: 9 brownies Prep time: 10 min Baking Time: 30 min
TIP: use crushed almonds and dark chocolate chips for garnish or to mix in just before baking
1 cup blanched almond flour 1/4 cup almond milk 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder 1/2 cup raw brown sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 pinch sea salt 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp butter, softened
Whisk egg and sugar together. Add sea salt, vanilla extract, softened butter, and almond milk. Mix in the almond flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Line an 8"x 8" baking dish with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Tell me something, sweet or savory? Which one do you prefer? What's your favorite food?