Happy New Year! It’s actually the 13th, so can I still say Happy New Year? Is there like a grace period or cut off date? I’m really not sure how this is supposed to work…anyway Happy 2014! To kick off the New Year I had to make something extra delicious for you (me) and we all know how I feel about anything “Reese’s” related. It’s like Oreo stuff. If I found out I had a week to live I would eat nothing but Reese’s and Oreos. It’s true, don’t judge.
So how has your New Year been so far? Mine has kind of sucked. So far I’ve gotten the flu and then when I went to the doctor I had to get 3 vaccines and blood work done (which came out fabulous by the way thanks to Paleo!). My arm still hurts from the vaccines 5 days later. See if they ever give me another one. I’ll just take my chances with life thank you very much. I also had an allergy panel done to see if my allergies are environmental vs. food related. Still waiting on those results. I’ve decided once and for all I hate going to the doctor. First of all they weigh you on this scale that I swear they add 15 pounds to, then the doctor asks you all these embarrassing questions that have absolutely nothing to do with why you came in like, “Are you sexually active?” and then I’m forced to give smart ass answers like, “On my good days.” But then I’m like wait, isn’t that kind of personal? I really don’t think that’s any of your business doctor person. Hmph. I’m just going to continue self diagnosing on webMD. It’s like way better. Except when my symptoms match some crazy disease and I walk around thinking I have typhus for like a week. Whatever. I also went to the optometrist. I spent $500 on new glasses, an eye exam and a contact lens fitting. $500. $500 freaking dollars. With insurance. What. The. F***?! Sorry for the language, I’m still in shock. So pretty much my New Year has started out with me being sick and broke. 2014 = 2, Vanessa = 0.
Speaking of allergies, I get emails all the time about how you guys are all allergic to nuts. What the heck?! That sucks and I’m so sorry, it must be really hard to adhere to a Paleo type diet and not be able to eat nuts. I feel for you. Do you want to hug it out? To make you feel better I made a nut-free option on this recipe. Yay for you! Suck it nuts! Wait what? That sounded really bad.
Do you guys watch that show Orange is the New Black? It’s SO good. I binge watched it on Netflix all last week. It’s really good. Also the new season of GIRLS premiered last night. I love that show too because it’s like what Sex and the City should have been like. So you’re trying to tell me that Carrie lives in some awesome apartment, by herself, in Manhattan, with an endless collection of Manolo’s, Cosmo’s and designer outfits all from writing a freelance sex column? I don’t think so. Do you know how expensive it is to live in Manhattan and how expensive Manolo’s are? GIRLS is the real ish. They’re broke, cynical, and completely glamourless. Okay there is my TV commentary for the day, I’ll quit boring you. You know what’s not boring? These Paleo “Reese’s” Swirl Brownies with nut-free option. YUM.
Paleo “Reese’s” Swirl Brownies
*Makes 9 servings
3 ounce dark chocolate bar 60% cacao or higher (I used Alter Eco)
1/2 cup coconut oil, liquid
3/4 cup creamy almond butter or sunbutter, separated into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, grade b
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 organic cage free eggs
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large sized metal bowl melt the dark chocolate bar using the double boiler method by placing the bowl over a pot of boiling water.
3. Once the chocolate is melted remove from heat and slowly stir in the liquid coconut oil.
4. Then stir in 1/4 cup almond butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut-free option), maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs.
5. Now whisk in the dry ingredients, the coconut palm sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
7. Grease an 8×8″ square glass pan liberally with coconut oil or butter and pour in the brownie batter. Then pour the remaining 1/2 cup almond butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut-free option) evenly over the top of the batter and gently slide a butter knife around to create swirls through the batter.
8. Cook for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!
So I actually prefer this recipe using almond butter in the batter and sunflower seed butter as the swirl. It’s the best of both worlds. So if you can eat nuts, this is how I recommend making it. If you can’t eat nuts, then sunflower seed butter the heck out of it and rock on with your bad “Reese’s” Swirl Brownie self.
So let’s hope 2014 starts to get a little better eh? Did you guys make any resolutions? Mine are always the same every year so I stopped awhile back, but I think this is the year to dust off the resolutions and re-vamp them! I want a lot of them to be about making the blog bigger and better for you guys. Print button anyone? Look how self-less I am, it’s all about you guys. I also want to try one thing everyday that scares me, travel more, be better at correspondence, do more 30 day challenges, get a new camera, get a new car, and start working on a cookbook. So many things to do this year, where do I even start?! I think we should all just start with these “Reese’s” Swirl Brownies and go from there.