Yes, I have been ‘Scoping.’ For quite awhile now (find me @Driftseed). And I love it. Come on over and check it out. We’ve been having a lot of fun.

This week, I have been participating in a ‘rolling scope summit’ with a few of my friends. Find us using #Essentialife. We are talking about reducing toxic load, stress management, movement and exercise, and – of course – healthy eating.

I kicked off the summit by making a Flourless Paleo Brownies recipe that I found at The Waking E-Zine and it is ah-mazing. I tweaked the recipe by adding Wild Orange Essential Oil* because we love those dark chocolate and orange flavored oranges that you can find here in the US around Christmas time. It was the perfect addition. Other great additions could be Peppermint and Lavender. Both go wonderfully with dark chocolate.

Below, find my version of Amber Oliver’s fabulous recipe.

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup zucchini shredded in a food processor liquid drained and large chunks removed
1 cup of almond butter
1/3 cup of local raw honey
1 farm fresh egg, cage free, organic, etc. (you know the drill)
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1 cup of extra dark chocolate chips, mostly melted (enough that they won’t sink to the bottom of the pan in a big clump) – Choose your chocolate wisely. I use Guittards or Enjoy Life brands.

3-5 drops of Wild Orange, Peppermint, or Lavender Essential Oils* (Optional, but oh so tasty – see disclaimer below) – add these into the melted chocolate

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all the ingredients in order into a large bowl (If using essential oils, stir these into the chocolate before adding to the remaining ingredients)
3. Combine well, remove any pieces of zucchini that create lumps
4. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan.
5. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Brownies will be thick, more cake-like and very moist. If this isn’t to your liking, you can drain the liquid from the zucchini for longer or squeeze the water out using paper towels. These are a perfect potluck treat. You can sway you’ve brought the veggies!

DISCLAIMER: Not all essential oils are safe for consumption. Read the labels. If there is a food supplement label on the packaging, these are safe to ingest. If there is not or the label states “Not for consumption (or some other phraseology that means the same thing) do not eat it or put it in food/drink.

If you want to know more about the essential oils I use, contact me using the form below.

 

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