Brownies to Get You in the Mood

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It’s February! Time for LOVE. And I don’t mean just for couples. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, because it reminds us how important love is: love for one another, but more importantly, love for ourselves.

As part of my work with clients, I passionately advocate self love. It sounds cliché, but you really cannot love others if you don’t love yourself. Part of loving yourself is accepting where you are in your life, not putting so much pressure on yourself, but instead, celebrating and appreciating who you are and all that you’ve accomplished.

My mantra for you this Valentine’s Day is: I love myself and will put myself first.

Read it aloud. Repeat. One more time.

How do you feel?

What does it mean to put yourself first?

  • It means taking a deep breath every morning to start your day.
  • It means not answering every email or text.
  • It means saying no to something or someone that you know will drain you.
  • It means taking a break to enjoy a hot, steamy cup of Chai tea.
  • It means finally having the courage to try that yoga class.
  • It means allowing yourself to relax and curl up on the couch with a comfy blanket.
  • It means ordering (healthy) takeout once a week to get a break from cooking.
  • It means realizing you aren’t perfect, and that’s perfectly OK.

What else does it mean? Well, in my opinion, chocolate is always part of self love, because it triggers the release of endorphins (feel good hormones), specifically oxytocin. Additionally, it contains magnesium, a mineral that relieves tension and stress.

So I have a sweet treat for you. Make a batch for your partner, your kiddos, or just for yourself. Enjoy them and have a decadent Valentine’s Day! 

Recipe adapted from paleogrubs.com.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 organic egg
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raw cacoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Goji berries for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together the nut butter, syrup, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla. Using a large spoon, stir in the cocoa powder and baking soda. The batter will be thick.
  2. Pour the batter into a parchment paper-lined 9×9 square baking pan. Add goji berries for garnish. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You don’t want to over-bake these or they won’t be soft and chewy.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool. Once slightly cooled, slowly lift the parchment paper and brownies out of the pan and gently place on countertop. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out your brownies.

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Claudia xo

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