Beets? In brownies?
They not only add sweetness, they make these a healthy, decadent, super fast treat for any time of day. Also, they are made entirely in the blender, so they come together very fast. Add the extra sweetener if you like them more like dessert.
1/2 c coconut oil
2 small cooked, peeled beets (about 5 oz)
1/2 c sour cream
4 oz softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 t maple extract
1 T honey
1 c almond flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
1 T inulin chicory root fiber
1 t baking soda
1/2 t sea salt
(1/4- 1/2 c optional sweetener of choice, i.e. erythriyol (for Keto), coconut palm sugar, coconut nectar...)
Preheat oven to 325 and spray a muffin tin (or use this super cool Wilton orb cake pan that I used!) generously with coconut oil.
Using a powerful blender (I used a Vitamix), blend coconut oil and beets together long enough that the oil melts and the beets are completely smooth. Add eggs, sour cream, cream cheese, vanilla, maple, and honey. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.
Fill muffin tin or orb cake pan with batter.
Bake at 325 for about 15-20 minutes, checking to make sure they don't over bake. They are done when an inserted knife comes out clean.
We've all been there- we have "good" diet days and "bad" diet days. I don't even mean "diet" in the sense of losing weight, I just mean whatever method of eating you're doing right now. It's ok! Try to get back on track, but don't beat yourself up over it.
This is where the idea of cheat meals comes in. Some people can implement a cheat meal periodically to help them stay on track. For some, though, that can derail them. The key is to know yourself and experiment.
Personally, I'm more of a binger. I need to stay very clean on my diet consistently for a long time and build up to a cheat day- or week! 2 weeks ago I had my binge week. I had a vodka seltzer, which snowballed into many bad food choices. One such choice was to eat an Oreo, something I haven't done in many years. Guess what? I found it to be disgusting. Truly gross. I realized how artificial it tasted and how terrible it made me feel - and as a result of this and the other things I ate (cereal! ack!) I caught a cold the following week. (Sugar lowers your immune system, making it more likely to catch whatever is going around.)
The take-away of this binge week was surprising. I am now firmer in my resolve to be healthy, since it reminded me how miserable it is to be sick. It also made me realize at a deeper level that I don't actually like the treats that I used to crave. This is huge for me! I'm not depriving myself, I'm enjoying myself even more by eating healthy and delicious real food.
Sometimes, you need to cheat in order to remember that your current diet is better than anything that used to be a treat. Don't beat yourself up over it. Learn from your experience, move on, and keep improving.
Life is about living, not depriving. Enjoy the journey!