At this moment I am pretty annoyed with life. For multiple very small and insignificant reasons – Just deleted a MASSIVE amount of copy here by accident and can’t remember what I was saying exactly. Someone stole my iPod (and water bottle? WTF) at gym – for that lesser-annoying-selfish-awful human being – I am going to be looking for you and my little shuffle and it’s perfect workout playlist. Also, I am just super annoyed right now with extremists. The more I talk to people or read online the more I realise that extreme behaviour is not for me. In fact, extremist paleo people who refuse to deviate from their eating plan in even the slightest actually just irritate me. It could very well be that they annoy the me purely because I know I could never be so dedicated and extreme when there are Ferrero Rocher milkshakes to be had.
There are many sub-sects of Paleo, some that include more fruit, others that exclude honey or dark choc, some that have dairy here and there. I am of the mentality that one should find what works for their bodies and just stick with that. Forget following a diet like its a religion. I am also of the mentality that any lifestyle should be around an 80/20 split between being strict and dedicated and relaxing a little. Obviously, 99/1 is a more ideal split health wise, but let’s be real here guys. Sometimes you just want a Cappuccino. With milk. And sugar. And the cookie that comes with it.
At the moment I am doing another SleekGeek 8 Week body transformation challenge, so my current lifestyle rules are (trying to be) 100% diligent during the week and then chilled over the weekend in terms of honey, dark choc, bit of dairy, cups of coffee. But trying ZERO “extreme” cheating. Usually though, I tend to stick to paleo during the week and then allow myself a cheat meal or two over the weekends so I can indulge in some of my less manageable cravings. I am now in week 2 of my 8 weeks, and so far, in my most weak moments, I have had 2 cups of coffee with the works and a Choc-it biscuit – they were IN my cupboard. Calling to me. I made Stephen finish the box after that to avoid further transgressions ;) *confession – I had 2 biscuits >.< lol. Otherwise, with the paleo breads/rolls and muffins and these brownies it has been pretty easy not to cheat!
So – the brownies. They are not super low-cal, so for weight loss just dont eat the entire batch in one sitting by yourself ;) but they are low-carb, refined sugar free and damn pretty delicious. And they freeze super well.
- 2 cups of grated sweet potato (use the SMALL holes of the grater - not the normal ones - to get a finer batter)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of raw honey (heat in microwave to thin it a bit)
- 1 tsp stevia
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tbsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- Preheat oven to 180 °C
- Combine grated sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, honey and olive oil in a large mixing bowl and stir together until well incorporated.
- Add baking powder and baking soda and stir.
- Add cocoa powder, mix and finally add coconut flour, coconut and stevia.
- Mix together well then pour the mixture into a baking tray greased with a little olive oil.
- Cook for 25-30 minutes.
- Cool for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing the brownie cake from the tin.
- Try substituting Olive Oil for Coconut Oil.
- Freeze REALLY well!
- Optional extra - add melted dark choc on top :)