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Red Velvet Brownies

  I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I’m not usually a huge fan of brownies.  But these are so good!  Like melt in your mouth, perfect to dunk in almond milk good.
 

 
 

They are simple and quick to make, too!  I recommend using LorAnn’s Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion to get that red velvet flavor (and color!)  It helps create that nice light, sweet, red velvet flavor without you having to worry about mixing vinegar with buttermilk and all that jazz.  (And another thing I love about LorAnn’s emulsions – they’re all gluten free!)   
 

 

  These brownies are the perfect dessert to make for your loved one.  The hubs loves brownies and said these are one of the best he’s ever had.  So I urge you to share the love.  This recipe is too good to keep to myself – or yourself!
  Happy early Valentine’s Day!

  Red Velvet Brownies adapted from Gluten Free Goddess
ingredients
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 almond flour
1/4 cup rice flour mix
1/4 cup sorghum
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp seat salt
2 eggs
1 Tbsp red velvet emulsion
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
method
 
1.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease 8×8 baking dish or cover with foil.
2.  Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil over low heat.
3.  In large bowl, mix dry ingredients together.
4.  Add wet ingredients and mix well for 2 minutes with hand mixer.
5.  Stir in chopped nuts.

6.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes, let cool, and Enjoy!

 

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Valentine’s Cookie Pie

Warm, chocolately cookie pie.  And it’s healthy?

Um, yes please!
I recently discovered a blog called Chocolate Covered Katie which is amazing!  She makes the most scrumptious desserts using healthy ingredients such as stevia, nuts, and chick peas.  Seriously, you have to check it out.  Low sugar, low fat, and added nutrition means I can have more dessert.  Right?  Right!
Anyways, this cookie pie here is a version of the Tollhouse Cookie Pie, but a lot healthier and flour free (yippee!)  I pretty much followed her recipe to a T except I don’t have a food processor so I used my electric hand mixer.  It was the perfect Valentine’s treat to surprise my hubby with after his long day of flying.
Here is the link to the exact recipe: “Deep Dish Cookie Pie”.

this was my version…

     2 cans garbanzo beans (drained)
     1 cup sugar (or brown sugar)
     3 TB vegetable oil
     1 egg
     1 cup quick oats
     1/2 tsp baking soda
     2 tsp baking powder
     2 tsp vanilla
     1/2 tsp salt
     1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1)   Preheat oven to 350 F.
2)   Blend all ingredients except for chocolate chips as smooth as possible (this is where a food processor would come in handy!)
3)   Stir in chocolate chips then press mixture into greased 10 inch spring-form pan.
4)   Bake for about 40 minutes!
So simple and so yummy.  And doesn’t taste beany at all.  I pinky promise you because I hate bean flours and beany baked goods!

FYI:  I just bought six more cans of garbanzo beans today in anticipation of making more cookie pies hehe  🙂
I also wanted to share what my sweet hubby did for Valentine’s Day.  First off he surprised me with roses.  

*swoon*

Have I told you about the last time he gave me flowers?!  

Well, I can’t quite remember when… ha ha.

Well anyways, he and two other flight hubbys teamed up and sent us wives on a scavenger hunt.  At each location we had to walk in with a rose and get our cute little goodie bags waiting for us.  Each bag had sweet love cards from our guys! We had such a wonderful girl time together talking about where we’re moving, family life, and of course how sweet our guys are!  Love my friends!  And our wonderful hubbys!

Happy very belated Valentine’s Day!  xoxo

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Flirty ‘Lil Cake Pops

Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us, isn’t it now?

 Well, Beau and I never really do anything too exciting for this Hallmark holiday… but I figured this year we should.  If it’s going to be a holiday, why don’t we get all mushy and celebrate it anyways?  I keep reminding him to make a reservation the weekend before Valentines at this neat little restaurant in downtown Pensacola.  Every one raves about it.  However I’m always skeptical about restaurants… and rightly so… I’m just a better cook!  Not to toot my own horn or anything…

 So… let’s get back on track and talk about these cute little sugary cuties.  I designed these cake pops for the Cake Pop Class I taught at Hobby Lobby this past Saturday.

 Yes!  You read it correctly!  I taught my own class!  My wonderful Wilton instructor, Esther, asked me if I’d like to teach a class and of course I said yes!  I had nine students and everyone did wonderfully.  I love seeing all the different creativity.  And of course a few of their cake balls fell off the stick… but I remember my first time making them a year ago and I can absolutely say all the students did better than I for their first time!

 I wrote out a three pages worth of directions and FAQ and brought these cute little Valentine-themed pops for display.  (And now they’re in my freezer and slowly making their way into my tummy…) 

Oh and FYI these pops that I made for display are my homemade GF Chocolate Fudge Cake mixed with store-bought chocolate buttercream.  Mmm, so good.

Luckily I managed to sneak in this Pops Class.  Now that Wilton has created its own Cake Pop Class, only Wilton instructors can teach it.  But hey, it was great experience for me and I could always teach it from home…. 🙂

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