Sugar, sugar … less?

Yesterday was Chinese New Year, giving us a new opportunity to start over with our New Year’s Resolutions…

Today it’s Pancake Tuesday and in some schools pancakes will be served during lunch to end the good times with before Lent 😦  My daughter and I were thinking whether there was anything we could abstain from during Lent. Perhaps TV? – Not painful enough as we both don’t watch much anyway but treat us every once in a while to a good movie on Netflix. Chocolate? – Mmh. That’s hard. Especially as we know there’s a parcel with goodies on the way from Germany…

Okay, my daughter agreed. But chocolate alone is not hard enough on you… (apparently it has to be really hard on me!) … how about we make it “no sugar”! – ooh. Now that’s a real challenge, considering where everywhere sugar made its way into theses days…

Okay. No sugar for 40 days… I’ll keep you posted how this will go for us.

In the meantime I’ll leave you with a delicious – and yes healthy! -Brownie Recipe to indulge in before the sugar drought…

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2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup non-GMO white sugar (I know this alone is a challenge to find)

1/2 cup organic brown sugar

4 eggs (of course from free run hens – it’s such a difference!)

1 teaspoon organic vanilla

1 cup never bleached all-purpose flour (organic? – well yes!)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons organic Cacao Nibs (a superfood)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray (or grease with coconut oil).

Melt chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring – don’t burn it! Off the heat whisk in brown sugar and granulated sugar.

Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.

Stir in flour and salt

Add batter to prepared baking pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean – but no second longer 🙂

Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Enjoy – before and after Lent!


Are you staying away from anything during Lent? What is it?


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