First topic: Bad Berries
We have some trees in our yard that currently produce small, purple, inedible berries. They’re a nuisance.
The birds eat them. Consequently, our brick patio has lots of evidence that this occurs.
During these delightful summer days, I often use our backyard patio as my office. It’s secluded and is a great spot for working and writing.
As I was typing out the Best Brownie recipe, after having cleaned off my outdoor “desk” of all the purple droppings, I got splattered with more purple bird poop as it hit the table.
Go ahead and laugh. It wasn’t even 5 minutes after having completed my cleaning that this incident occurred.
At least it didn’t land in my hair, which is the WORST. I know this from personal experience.
Isn’t it lucky or something when a bird poops on your head?
Or something. It’s a nasty mess. A similar event happened to my friend Dave as we were on our way to take a pharmacy final back in our college days. His textbook got nailed.
Keep in mind that lots of other “good” berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, are in their peak season and offer lots of nutritional and health benefits. They’re low in natural sugars and wonderful any way you choose to enjoy them.
Second Topic: Best Brownies
I’ve uploaded this recipe and thought it’d be fun to give you some background info on why these brownies may not be as “bad” as you think.
To be clear, just because a food is gluten or dairy-free does not mean it offers any real nutritional value. GF, DF junk food is still junk food.
These brownies fall under the category of “if you’re going to eat something that does not serve your heath, it had better be AMAZING!”
And here’s a look at why they’re a bit “better” (health wise) than other alternatives, such as store or bakery bought versions.
- When you make a treat at home, you’re omitting the chemicals and preservatives.
- I use organic ingredients whenever possible in order to minimize additional chemicals.
- I’ve altered the original recipe, reducing the sugar by 10%, and also cutting the amount of chocolate chips. You could omit the chips to cut down on even more sugar.
- Extra virgin olive oil is full of health benefits, and no one will know that you’ve used olive oil—at least I’ve never had anyone tell me that the brownies reminded them of eating olives.
- For those who are on a gluten and dairy-free regimen, these are miraculously delicious. Of course, you could use regular flour and your favorite brand of chocolate chips if you are not one of those people.
- Cacao vs. Cocoa. Cacao is minimally processed, containing an abundance of minerals. Dutch-process cocoa has been treated with an alkaline solution to reduce its acidity. This takes away the bitter edge off the cacao bean and also decreases health benefits. They can be used interchangeably in recipes.
- I cut these into fairly small pieces, so that I can have more than one and still eat less. It’s a psychological thing. The original recipe yields 16 brownies. I may get 24 or so. Also, they live in my freezer so that it’s a more conscious decision for me to have a treat.
Wishing you a delightful summer weekend.
“I’ve learned that you know your husband still loves you when there are two brownies left and he takes the smaller one.”—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.