Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites (GF, Grain Free)

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In order to sustain a healthy lifestyle, it has to become a part of your identity. I identify myself as a healthy individual and take steps that a healthy individual would take in order to achieve success. In college, as I started to take better care of myself, I fell in love with the way it made me feel. I had more energy and clarity, I felt like a happier human and my body HEALED itself. I had some health issues that resolved as a result of this new lifestyle and my hormones began to regulate properly. At the end of the day, long term change requires that you embody the essence of who you want to become. So take some time and think about that, journal on it. What kind of person do you want to be? And why? Look beyond the calories and the pounds and assess where things are going downhill. How would this change make your life better, or different? How do you want to feel? I’ll talk more on this another time, but I really want you to start to think in this way.

Part of assuming a new identity is being completely sold on your new perspective. Walk confidently forward and find pride in your new direction. I was able to STAY healthy because I fell in love with the process. I started baking healthier foods (including indulgences) and trying new things. I trained my taste buds. I learned to cook and take care of myself. Hey, I’ll still grab a cookie from Levain from time to time, but discovering recipes (like this one below) showed me that this process is enjoyable and sustainable. I encourage you to do some digging, experimenting and find what mindset works for you and what recipes spark joy (Marie Kondo, anyone?).

I discovered this recipe through Fit Men Cook on Instagram and had to try it with a few adjustments. If you love my grain-free blondies recipe, you’ll be into this one, too. I like to make a batch and pack it as a treat with my lunch a few times a week.


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Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites (GF, Grain Free)

(slightly adapted from Fit Men Cooks)

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

  • 2/3 cup almond butter

  • 1/3 maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Cooking Notes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Put all ingredients, save the chocolate chips, into a food processor and blend until smooth. It will be batter consistency!

  2. Put the batter into a mixing bowl and fold in dark chocolate chunks!

  3. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, add the batter and spread evenly.

  4. Bake for about 24 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Y’all, that’s it. Easiest recipe ever.


So question for you: What mindset shifts have helped you sustain positive change in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

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