Chocolate and Sweatpants

by jenna on September 22, 2008

Hey!

What a rainy day we are having here in Orlando! As I type this I am sitting in my sweatpants from freshman year of college and my favorite worn-in long sleeve…..feels so right on a day like this! This afternoon I snacked on a new flavor of pure protein!

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YUM! There was an ooey gooey layer on this bar that tasted like marshmallow fluff. It was very yummy!!

After my snack I did a 60 minute online yoga class from Yoga To The People. I did Class 6 and OH MY GOSH……..I’m either completely out of shape or this was just a hard class because I worked my booty off!!! I think I was down in a squat (warrior one and runners lunge) for like 15 minutes. My quads are going to be extremely sore for sure come tomorrow morning because they still feel like jelly from this class. I was sweating and cursing and loving every minute of it. Those tough postures make the relaxing postures seem like a slice of heaven. Afterwards, I walked on the treadmill for half an hour and caught up on my Oprah.

I’m so happy/excited because I talked to my old gym on the phone today and everything is set up for me to do a 3 month membership (student rate, hell yeah!). All I have to do is come in Sunday afternoon and sign the contract. They still had me in the computer from five years ago when I was a member there in high school! aaww! I’m excited because this gym has a huge lap pool, tennis courts and tooooons of fun classes. I hope my schedule will give me a little time to take advantage of everything! I don’t know why I get so stressed out over little things like that (ie not belonging to a gym) but I feel better knowing that it is taken care of now.

For dinner tonight I made one mess of a breakfast wrap.

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There’s not too much left food-wise in the apartment and I’m trying to use everything up in the next couple days. This here is a combo of two egg whites and one egg with a diced morningstar farm sausage patty, a reduced fat string cheese and plenty of hot sauce. Its all wrapped up in one of my handy whole wheat wraps and I have to admit……quite tasty!!!!

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I paired it with a salad with leftover sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes and I also had a piece of whole wheat toast with raspberry preserves on the side (can’t have eggs without toast no matter what).

After dinner my hormones struck. Hard. I needed something sweet and chocolate asap. So I devised this “healthy” vegan brownie recipe:

By healthy I mean it includes dark chocolate AND extra virgin olive oil, both of which rock your heart. They weigh in at about 201 calories/8 grams of (healthy!) fat per brownie. Not too shabby when a “normal” brownie is more like 400 calories and full of eggs, butter and god knows what else.

Here’s my recipe:

Vegan Brownies For Your Heart

Makes 12 brownies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa (preferably organic. I like Green and Black)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cup soy milk
2 tbsp pure maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8”8” baking dish with nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips and stir until combined.
3. Add the olive oil, soymilk and maple syrup and stir gently only until combined. Don’t over mix.
4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 12 squares.

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YUM. All my chocolatey cravings are instantly satisfied. These are more of a cakey brownie…not very gooey…but I like them this way. You could top them with icing or powdered sugar or, like me, stuff your face as soon with them as they come out of the oven without any time to top them.

My break is over. Must continue packing!

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michelle September 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Jenna,
Oh my goodness, those brownies look incredible!! You know, whenever i come to your blog i come ready to discover a new recipe and this one is a keeper!! I have no words except YUM!

Thanks for the info on the protein powders. I will be at WF this week to pick some up!!

Great blog Jenna!

Michelle

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Shannon September 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Oh my gosh that breakfast wrap looks so tasty. I may have to wake up extra early tomorrow morning to make one! And those brownies — yum! Gotta write down that recipe.

And yes, YTTP is extremely humbling, trying and exhausting, but I love it so much. Isn’t it empowering to hold those poses for so long? Which class did you do? So far, I’ve done 6, 5 and 3, and I think 5 was the most difficult of the three. If you ever get the chance to go to a class in studio there, I promise you’ll be sweating even more. They jam the studios full of people (since they’re donation-based, they don’t turn people away), and let’s just say there’s not a whole lot of air conditioning! :)

Yay for a student membership to the gym! So exciting!

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VeggieGirl September 22, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Sorry, but I’m so fixated on those brownies to articulate anything else right now. I NEED ONE!!!! :-D

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Nicole September 22, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Yum!!! Just like everyone else, I am drooooling over the brownie photo.

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Runjen September 23, 2008 at 12:04 am

I also get unbelievably stressed when my gym situation isn’t figured out. In fact, in the 3 or 4 times that I’ve moved to different cities in my life, I swear it is one of the first things that I consider when choosing exactly where to live! I totally get where you are coming from. And yay for the 3 month contract! Can’t wait to hear all about your new gym classes!!

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Megan September 23, 2008 at 12:06 am

Love your healthy brownie recipe! If I didn’t have a dessert already in the oven, I would be making these tonight!!!

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Meghann September 23, 2008 at 12:19 am

This weather really does suck. I’m in sweatpants on my couch as well and abbie is curled up next to be. She refuses to go outside at the moment.

THose brownies looks delish. Thanks for the recipe!

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Sammie September 23, 2008 at 12:40 am

That is so great about the Gym – I really hope you get to utilize all the amenities. I always fall back on eggs for dinner when I have slim pickins. Yummy brownies!! I also try to lighten up dessert recipes without compromising on flavor & texture. The one you came up with sounds like a winner. Good luck with the beer class tomorrow.

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rubin September 23, 2008 at 2:08 am

HI! i was wondering if anyone wanted to help support me on my recovery from binge eating disorder!? thanks in advanced. i need as much support as i can get!

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Biz September 23, 2008 at 2:09 am

That brownie looks amazing!

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caitlin (seebriderun) September 23, 2008 at 2:27 am

i just tried to lick the screen :)

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Kelly September 23, 2008 at 2:35 am

I am going to try that brownie recipe ASAP! Did you invent it or find it somewhere?

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Alli W. September 23, 2008 at 2:43 am

Great wrap idea! I am trying to eat up what I have, too…it’s hard to be creative!

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Jenny September 23, 2008 at 3:01 am

Wow that brownie looks down right decadent. Good luck packing!!

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emily September 23, 2008 at 3:09 am

Those look amazing! I have such a huge folder of desserts to make but my hubby and I have opposite tastes and I’m too lazy to quarter recipes.

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cal orey September 23, 2008 at 3:53 am

Impressed. Please contact me at http://www.calorey.com . See my books The Healing Powers of Olive Oil and Vinegar–yes, two more of Mother Nature’s finest delights can help you lose body fat/ unwanted pounds and gotta have it now cravings (especially when hit with out of whack hormones)…just as dark chocolate can do.

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Chef Erin (Pumpkin) September 23, 2008 at 4:29 am

I’m with you on the gym membership… I’ve been trying in vain to find a gym in Park City, UT on-line that offers classes (other than pilates and yoga- nothing against those, but I need some butt-kickin’ cardio!) So far, not much luck. I’m glad you’ve found a gym!

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Janessa September 23, 2008 at 6:11 am

Those brownies look stunning! I’ve been looking for a new brownie recipe; I’ll definitely have to try this one out!

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jenna September 23, 2008 at 10:30 am

Kelly,

It’s all mine. Didn’t go through one year of pastry training for nothin’ ;)

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runjess September 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm

The brownies look great! I love maple syrup in baked goods. I think peanut butter chips would be an excellent addition.

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Kelly September 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Mmm those brownies look very moist and delicious. How much did your program cover recipe development?

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jenna September 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Kelly,

Actually, not really at all. Just always something I’ve been very interested in. My program covered the traditional fundamentals of baking and pastry and once you know those, it’s easy to formulate recipes.

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Natalie A September 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I am OBSESSED with Marhmallow Fluff! I’ll have to try that protein bar :)

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Jana September 23, 2008 at 7:53 pm

wow, jenna… i saw those brownies and headed straight for the kitchen, i kid you not. i had been looking for a good vegan recipe forever (because i never have eggs around the house :-) … they are SO delicious! soft, chewy, all they need to be. *cheer*

thank you!

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