What I Ate Wednesday #18 and Sorrel Urban Bistro Review

Good afternoon! I hope your Wednesday is flying by! I’ve been busy with grad school orientation and everything that comes with getting ready for school. Classes start Monday! I’m currently blogging from my Mom’s laptop because mine is in the critical care unit “drying”. Please pray that it survives because I really need it for classes (and blogging of course!).

Since it’s Wednesday, I wanted to share some of my latest eats! This week, I’m not going to do the typical breakfast, lunch, dinner thing. Instead, I’ll let you know what my summer staple foods were this week and show you the best dinner I had this past week. Thanks again to Jenn for hosting WIAW. For those of you who don’t know, Jen over at Peas and Crayons hosts WIAW every week – check out her blog for more information on it and to find some new blogs to read.

Summer Staples

Of course, overnight oats! After traveling for a week, I was so happy to finally have my overnight oats back. My latest combination has been making my Nutella Overnight Oats with Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter instead of Nutella. Yes, I love Nutella, but it really does have a lot of sugar and Justin’s version is much healthier. If you add just a little honey, it’s almost as good! (I add banana or raspberries after I stir it all up!)

Smoothies are always a summer staple for me. Lately I’ve been making strawberry banana oat smoothies by adding a few strawberries, a frozen banana, a few ice cubes, vanilla greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds and a handful of oats to a blender. The oats help add some substance and keep me full longer, especially if I’m having a smoothie for lunch. And I’m all for adding spinach to my smoothies, but sometimes it’s fun to have smoothies that are other colors of the rainbow!

Sorrel Urban Bistro

Now for the really tasty part of my week! One of the best parts about living in Houston is the abundance of good restaurants! This past weekend, I went to Sorrel Urban Bistro with my parents. Sorrel happens to be a farm to table restaurant, which is clearly a concept that I love. The food was delicious! We ordered off of their three course restaurant week menu.

To start, I had the Local Greens with House Ham, Figs, Local Sharp Cheddar and Fresh Thyme Vinaigrette. I’ve never had a salad with figs in it, so it was an interesting twist. The sweetness of the figs and saltiness of the ham complemented the rest of the salad perfectly.

For my entree, I had the Slow Roasted Organic Chicken Risotto with Golden Raisin, Greek Feta and Crispy Leeks. It was amazing! I loved the addition of the crispy leeks and raisins and the local goat cheese was delicious too. My Dad also ordered this entree and could not stop raving about it. 5 stars!

For dessert, I opted for the Texas Honey Spiked Cream Brule with Blueberries. I’m actually not a huge cream brule fan (I mostly just don’t like the candied part on top), but this was an excellent dessert.

Overall, it was a great meal! The restaurant is a bit out of my price range, but hopefully I’ll be back again – I know my parents will!

And that’s a wrap for What I Ate Wednesday! All of my recipe photos are on my laptop, so I am hoping and praying that it comes back to life so I can post some new recipes soon. Until then, my fingers and toes are crossed!

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread

Good morning from the lone star state! I made it back to Texas! It’s a bit hotter down here, but otherwise Teddy and I are enjoying being back home (Teddy was born in Texas). Teddy is having a ball having more people and another dog around. So far, he’s managed to take the stuffing out of about five of Sophie’s (my parent’s dog) toys in the course of about an hour.

He chooses a new victim every 10 minutes or so. He thinks it’s Christmas because he has 30 new toys at once!

I’ve been busy unpacking and haven’t managed to cook anything yet, but I will soon! In the meantime, I thought I’d share the recipe for one of my latest kitchen ventures before I left:

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread! I originally saw the recipe for this delicious bread on Daily Garnish and have wanted to make it ever since. I am a huge banana bread fan and love the strawberry banana combination in my smoothies. I don’t know why I never thought to add strawberries to banana bread! It is an extremely tasty enhancement to banana bread, and strawberries are still in season for a little while longer!

This makes such a great breakfast and is a nice and healthy snack too. You could adapt any banana bread recipe and add some chopped strawberries, but I went off of Emily’s because she always has great healthy recipes on her blog. I substituted and used all whole wheat flour. Some people don’t like the texture of baked goods that exclusively use whole wheat flour, but I think it’s just as good!

It’s a pretty simple recipe. The hardest part is having the delicious scent of banana bread permeate your house and have to wait 45 minutes until it’s baked to eat it!

First, preheat your oven to 350 and chop your strawberries into bite sized pieces.

Then mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until they are fairly smooth.

Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bananas along with the chopped strawberries and stir to combine.

Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

Pour into a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread

Adapted from Daily Garnish

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (loose)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Chop up your strawberries into bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until they are fairly smooth and creamy. Then mix in the applesauce, eggs, vanilla and chopped strawberries.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour into a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 45-55 minutes. Mine was done at 45 minutes, so keep an eye on yours! When the bread is done, an inserted toothpick will come out clean.
  7. Let cool for at least five minutes and enjoy!
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Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Greetings from Nashville! I’ve had a busy few days. This past weekend was spent celebrating my 24th birthday and packing up my car in preparation for our road trip from New Hampshire to Houston. My birthday was, of course, filled with delicious eats!

Too many to even begin describing, but you can probably tell from the photos that everything was quite tasty!

On Monday, my parents and I departed New Hampshire with everything we could fit in my Toyota Rav4 (plus Teddy of course!). Somehow we managed to fit it all. We stopped in Virginia on Monday night and drove to Nashville on Tuesday to stay with my brother and his wife for a couple days. We have one final stretch left!

While I’m enjoying the great country music capital, I thought I’d share the recipe for my favorite road trip snack: Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

I made them on a whim as a break from packing and they’ve been a delicious snack on the road. They are sweet, salty and full of chocolate flavor!

I hope you’ll resist the urge to buy flavored almonds at the store and give these a try in your kitchen – you’ll be glad you did!

First, preheat your oven to 275. In a large bowl, mix together the almonds and honey.

Then mix together the cocoa powder and sea salt in a small bowl and gradually add the mixture to the almonds until they are well coated.

Bake at 275 for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning.

Let cool for thirty minutes and enjoy!

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almonds and honey.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and sea salt.
  4. Gradually add the cocoa powder mixture to the almonds and stir until the almonds are well coated.
  5. Bake at 275 for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent burning.
  6. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
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Cake Batter Puppy Chow

I think I have professed my love for cake batter a few times on my blog so far, but just in case you didn’t know, I really love cake batter! My latest cake batter venture?

Cake Batter Puppy Chow!

If puppy chow is foreign to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Puppy chow is something that I never even heard of until I was in high school and my friends decided they wanted to make it one night. (And no, it has nothing to do with dog food, though Teddy wishes it were his dinner!) Once I popped my first few puppy chow bites into my mouth way back when, I couldn’t believe I had lived my whole life without ever having eaten it! Traditional puppy chow is made with Chex cereal, semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter and powdered sugar. I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, but I still think it’s delicious.

My cake batter puppy chow mixes things up by using white chocolate instead of semi-sweet, wheat Chex instead of regular (to make it healthier, because obviously wheat puppy chow is much better for you ;) ), and cake mix instead of peanut butter. It turned out amazing and I will definitely be making it again!

I think one of the reasons that puppy chow is so popular is that it’s super easy to make. The hardest part is not consuming it all before it cools! Good luck!

Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Adapted from Adventures in Food

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 box  Wheat Chex cereal (not family size), about 6 cups
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.5 cups funfetti cake mix
  • 2-3 tablespoons colored sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Lay a piece of parchment paper or foil on a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and cake mix and set aside. Place the Chex cereal in another large bowl.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 50%. It depends on your microwave – so I microwave mine for a minute, stir, and see how much longer they need. You can also melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler if you have one.
  4. Once the chocolate is melted, gradually pour the chocolate over the chex cereal and stir until each piece is coated.
  5. Quickly add the sprinkles and stir to combine.
  6. Then gradually add the cake mix mixture and stir until all of the cereal is well coated.
  7. Pour the puppy chow onto the cookie sheet and let it cool for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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What I Ate Wednesday #17

Morning! I have to say, it is so nice to be able to wake up and relax while I enjoy my coffee and breakfast versus rushing off to work. Packing, on the other hand, is no fun. I can see why people pay other people to pack for them! I’m not sure how my Dad is going to fit everything into my car unless he has magic powers… we’ll see soon enough!

In the meantime, it’s time for another round of What I Ate Wednesday! This month’s theme is summer staples. Smoothies are definitely a summer food staple for me. There’s no easier way to get spinach into my daily diet and a smoothie is just so refreshing when it’s hot outside. If you’re looking for some new smoothie recipes, check out my recipe page for some new ideas! Thanks again to Jenn for hosting WIAW. For those of you who don’t know, Jen over at Peas and Crayons hosts WIAW every week – check out her blog for more information on it and to find some new blogs to read.

Breakfast

Breakfast was a fresh everything bagel with spinach and artichoke hummus. We can never get good bagels here in Manchester, so I picked some up while we were traveling this weekend and now I’m taking full advantage of delicious bagels for breakfast. If we didn’t have bagels right now, I’m not sure what I would do because we are out of chia seeds! Oh the horror! I can’t make my summer staple breakfast of overnight oats. I drove to three grocery stores yesterday, two didn’t have them and one simply had none in stock. I’ll probably be searching for them again today because I can’t forgo overnight oats for too long!

Lunch/Snacks

Since I’m no longer working, I was able to snack my way through the afternoon. First up was an Orange Creamsicle Spinach Smoothie (recipe here). Delicious, refreshing, and definitely a summer staple for me!

Later, I snacked on a Core Warrior Raw Almond Raisin Bar. I got a pack of these bars when I won a giveaway from Allie. This was the first one I tried and I wasn’t really a huge fan. It just wasn’t sweet enough for me and it had an odd texture. Maybe I’ll like the other flavors better, we’ll see!

A couple hours later, I was hungry again, so I munched on a juicy pluot. I always forget that I prefer plums to pluots – I just can’t resist buying pluots in the store due to their fun name :) .

Dinner took longer to cook than I could wait, so I snacked on grapes while I waited impatiently.

Dinner

The deliciousness of dinner made up for the wait! I cooked up my healthier version of Indian butter chicken (recipe here) and served it over quinoa. This is a recycled picture because I was too hungry to photograph! This was seriously tasty and I went back for seconds too.

And that’s a wrap for what I ate Wednesday Tuesday! Be back tomorrow with an amazing new dessert creation! *Warning, it’s not very healthy!*

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Weekend in the White Mountains and the Mythical New Hampshire Moose

Good morning! I am officially on vacation. Well, not really vacation, but I’m not working :) . Luke and I did take a little getaway to the White Mountains over the weekend though. We stayed at the Adair Inn in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It is the nicest and most adorable bed and breakfast we’ve ever been to (it was our second visit there).

The innkeeper upgraded us to a suite and it was very luxurious. Our room even had a heart shaped soaking tub!

The bed and breakfast is set on a huge estate with acres and acres of beautiful landscaping and trails. Everything is just gorgeous!

Everywhere you turn there are beautiful flowers, ponds and gardens!

We spent a good amount of time relaxing at the inn and enjoying delicious food, and the rest of the time we spent hiking. On Sunday we hiked up Bald Mountain.

It was a beautiful but windy day!

On Monday, it was even more beautiful out and we hiked to Ripley Falls.

We had such a great time hiking! When we came back from our hike on Sunday afternoon, we found homemade cheesecake waiting for us at the bed and breakfast. What a treat!

We then relaxed for a bit followed by a delicious dinner at the Adair. We sat on the patio and had a gorgeous view of the gardens and mountains.

Dinner started with a complimentary hourderve, or amuse-bouche, from the chef.

For an appetizer, I had the Smoked Chicken Crepes and Luke had the Adair Antipasto. Both were delicious, but my crepes were the best!

In between courses, the chef served a lemon sorbet. It was nice and refreshing!

For our entrees, I had the roast lamb loin and Luke had the vegetarian plate. Both were quite tasty, but Luke’s plate had so many unique foods like a grilled vegetable strudel and herb spaetzle tossed with truffle oil, which made his entree a bit more fun!

As you can imagine, we had no room for dessert, but the chef finished our dinner off with complementary chocolate truffles. Yum!

After our amazing dinner, we had a mission. Moose hunting! I have been trying to find a moose in New Hampshire for two years now with no success, so we wanted to give it one last try before we move to Texas. This was our fourth time actively looking (ie. going out at dusk and driving around for hours in the forest!). We followed a local’s advice and sat at place where moose “come every night” for over an hour. This is all we saw.

I am officially convinced that moose do not exist in New Hampshire. Those road signs are for nothing! Luckily, we returned to our room to find delicious cookies on our bed (part of the nightly turn down service) :) . Way to cheer me up! It’s little things like this that make the Adair Inn so nice!

We then shared our last bottle of Virginia wine, a 2008 Keswick Vineyards Norton. It is my absolute favorite red wine and I’ve been aging this bottle for three years. It was just as delicious as I remembered. If you’ve never tried a Norton, you should! They have a really unique, spicy flavor that I adore. Unfortunately, this vineyard no longer sells Nortons. It was a bittersweet last sip knowing I can’t get any more!

The following morning, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast before we checked out. It started off with homemade granola and local yogurt.

We then enjoyed fresh fruit, followed by the Adair’s famous giant popovers!

The main course (yes, there was more!) was cinnamon amaretto french toast.

Double yum!

We left satiated and stuffed. It was the perfect weekend getaway! I’m off to begin packing… I’ll be back tomorrow with a WIAW post – catch ya then!

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Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

Morning! Who’s excited for Olympic women’s gymnastics tonight?! Me me me!

Gymnastics is the only summer olympic sport that I truly love to watch. The other stuff is fun to watch if I have nothing better to do, but I actively try to watch gymnastics. *If you watch the competition live during the day today and spoil who wins in the comment section I will go nuts! Please don’t! It’s hard enough keeping my eyes averted from all the news sites.*

Gymnastics was one of my long-term sports as a kid (along with dance and a brief love affair with ice skating). I spent countless hours having my Dad “spot me” trying to do back handsprings and the like. Those were the days! I think I remember quitting because as I got more advanced they started requiring us to run during practice. Ha!

I’ve been trying to decide if I’d prefer that Aly Raisman win tonight (or this morning really) or Gabby Douglas. I’m leaning towards Aly – her story resonates with me more and I love her parents! (If you haven’t watched them watching her compete, please do it now). I also dislike that Gabby is 4’11 because one of my hurdles with many gymnastics moves back in the day was that I was too tall. I would have envied her when I was 10!

Let’s hope one of our two ladies wins the gold!

Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

Moving on to food! One of the staples in my fridge every week is a dip or spread. Whether I’m having a homemade panini or a wrap for lunch, I always need a little extra flavor and it’s the easiest way to give my lunch some oomph!

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been “too busy” to make a lot of the things that I usually try to avoid buying at the grocery store simply because they are so easy to make at home, like hummus and granola. I finally convinced myself that yes, I in fact do have 5 minutes to make my own dip and I was just being lazy. I wanted to switch things up from my usual hummus, so I made this Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip instead.

Delicious? Yes. Easy? Yes. Healthy? Yes. Worth making my own and not being lazy and buying it at the store? Yes.

Versatile too! Spread it on your sandwich or toast, dip your veggies or crackers in it, add it to your eggs or breakfast burrito – the possibilities are endless. I’ll be making this dip again, that’s for sure!

Just put all of the ingredients in a food processor or immersion blender and blend until smooth! Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with paprika and enjoy!

Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

Makes about 1.5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of navy beans (other white beans would work too, canneloni etc.)
  • 12 sun dried tomatoes, either in oil or that have been soaked in water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (add more or less to your thickness preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika for garnish

Directions:

  1. If you are using dried sun-dried tomatoes, first soak them in boiling water for 30 minutes to make them soft and pliable.  If you are using the kind that are soaked in oil, you do not need to do this step.
  2. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor or immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with paprika (optional) and enjoy!
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What I Ate Wednesday #16

Good morning and happy birthday month to me! It’s hard to believe it’s already August! This is my last Wednesday with my summer job as a law firm receptionist, so it’s my last day of full-time working eats. Hopefully my eats will be more varied and interesting once I’m a student again :) . Thanks again to Jenn for hosting WIAW. For those of you who don’t know, Jen over at Peas and Crayons hosts WIAW every week – check out her blog for more information on it and to find some new blogs to read.

 
Breakfast

Breakfast was raspberry vanilla overnight oats – old fashioned oats, vanilla greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, a splash of vanilla extract and frozen raspberries (that thaw overnight). After being out of town for a few days over the weekend, I was seriously missing my overnight oats! I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m roadtripping from New Hampshire to Houston in a few days and can’t have my oats again!

My mid-morning snack was a Cliff Kid’s Iced Oatmeal Cookie Zbar. I haven’t had one in a while and I almost forgot how good they are, almost. Yum!

Lunch

Lunch was a piece of toasted multigrain pumpkin seed bread topped with spinach artichoke hummus, an apple topped with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, and a bowl of Chobani’s new flavor, Vanilla Chocolate Chunk, topped with some Bear Naked Heavenly Chocolate granola. If you have not tried the new Chobani flavor, do it! It is so good. It’s really more of a dessert though. After I took my first bite of deliciousness, I looked on the label and found that it has 30 grams of sugar. So, it’s not the healthiest, but it’s fairly healthy for a sweet treat!

Teddy was clearly eyeing my apples at lunch! He can’t decide if he likes apples or almond butter more :) .

Fitness

After work, I took Teddy on a short walk followed by a 2 mile run around the neighborhood. I was very grateful for the sub-80 temperatures on my run yesterday!

Dinner

Dinner was sesame seared tuna (recipe here) along with a kale salad with chickpeas, dried cranberries and a homemade tahini vinaigrette. It was just the delicious, healthy meal I needed after a weekend of mostly junk food.

After dinner, I enjoyed a refreshing glass of 90+ Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (from the Marlborough region, of course) and an un-pictured bowl of ice cream while I watched the Olympics. Gymnastics is and always will be the best sport ever!

And that’s what I ate Wednesday Tuesday! Be back tomorrow with a new recipe!

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Wild Book Review

Good morning! It’s a rare occurrence, but there will be no food in my post today! Today’s post is all about the July book club selection for Peanut Butter Finger’s Book Club. I spent the majority of my last trip to Kennebunkport reading Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, on the porch with Teddy.

I’m sure most people have heard about this book, but if you haven’t, here is the Amazon.com book description:

“A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. 

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

So what did I think? Well, I liked the book, but I didn’t love it.

I enjoyed reading about Cheryl’s adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail and was definitely inspired to go on a hike after I finished the book. If anything, the book will make you want to explore the great outdoors!

What I didn’t so much like about the book was the character herself and the lack of momentous action.  I couldn’t really relate with Cheryl very much. I realize she went through a lot with her mother’s death, but she also made quite a few bad choices, and, I just didn’t sympathize with her most of the time. In addition, I found her to be complaining and blabbering on too much during some parts of the book. Much more of the book is focused on her emotional journey than the hike itself.

I think I was also a bit let down because I thought there would be more excitement to her hike. Many of the reviews talk about how brave she was and how she had to drink muddy water and fend off rattlesnakes and black bears. I mean, yeah she did, but it wasn’t too exciting and it never seemed like she was in too much danger. It does take guts to embark on a hike like that on your own and I am in no way saying that what she did wasn’t awesome, I just wasn’t as captivated by the plot and had expected it to be more exciting overall.

Overall, I liked the book and would recommend it – just don’t expect to be wondering whether she lives or dies after each chapter!

I just finished a lighthearted read, Arranged by Catherine McKenzie. It was a quick and fun read and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a good beach read. I also just started Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and I’m loving it so far! I’ll be back to regular food blogging tomorrow :) .

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Oops! Brownie Cookies

Morning! I’m about to board a plane back to New Hampshire after a fun bachelorette weekend in the Texas hill country! The weekend was filled with lots of wine, vineyards and games. I might get in trouble if I posted any of the other photos I have, so I’ll stick with these!

Those longhorns up there? They came with the house we rented. We had armadillos too, but I failed to get a picture. Only in Texas!

Oops! Brownie Cookies

Ever have those days where you almost (or do) pour orange juice into your cereal instead of milk? Well, last Monday, I had one of those days. I was just out of it! I should probably make a note to myself to not bake on those days, but in this instance, I was really craving some homemade baked goods. So I set out to make a healthier brownie recipe. The result? These:

Strange looking brownies, right? :)

When I set out to “healthify” a classic recipe, I often look at a bunch of different recipes and, from those, write up my own version. This time, I happened to make a little mistake. I wanted to use half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour, but, when I wrote down my recipe, I forgot to cut the flour in half! Of course, I didn’t notice this until I had mixed everything together. I stood there looking at my bowl thinking, “this does not look like brownie batter what on earth did I do wrong!” The flour. Oh. Oops.

I then almost threw a fit and threw everything out, but like I said, I was really craving some homemade sweetness. As I licked spoonfuls of delicious batter, I thought about baking them as brownies and hoping they ended up being edible. Then it occurred to me that the batter was pretty much the consistency of cookie dough. Cookies use more flour. Duh!

So when life gives you over-floured brownie batter, make brownie cookies!

I honestly didn’t think they would turn out very good and definitely did not plan to blog about them, but they were oddly wonderful! A little reminiscent of a brownie, a little of a cookie, and the yogurt really gives them a unique and delicious flavor – almost like chocolate frozen yogurt!

So go ahead, please follow my lead and make my baking mistake! :)

Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, butter, sugar and vanilla. Then beat in the eggs.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet and stir to combine. Then add the chocolate chips.

Spoon the dough onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Oops! Brownie Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened or melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet and stir to combine.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon the dough onto a greased baking sheet (about two tbsp per cookie, or however big or small you want them!).
  7. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool and enjoy!
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