My first hand account of the ongoing search for health and wellness through a conscious focus on nutrition, cooking, ingenuity, and physical exertion. As an active stay at home mother of two young children, I spend large portions of my day in my kitchen inventing new recipes and reinventing old favorites into fun, healthy and delicious meals my whole family loves... especially while on the run... literally.
As a lover of all things
healthy, Halloween is definitely my least favorite holiday. Sure the
dressing up is fun, but the amount of candy my kids consume during all their
holiday parties and of course the bags of candy they collect drive me crazy. I
usually let them eat whatever they want that first night, within reason, and
then portion out the rest to about one or two pieces a day. But sometimes that
can last for weeks and I hate feeding them junk and having the candy around to
tempt me. One solution? Use the candy in a slightly healthy brownie
recipe that provides a bit of fiber and protein so that you can feel a little
better about eating all those sweets.
Some of my favorite combinations are Reese's peanut butter cups or Reese's
pieces baked into a peanut butter brownie like the one below, although using
mounds candy bars or almond joys with either coconut oil or almond butter in
the place of some of the butter would be delicious. Peppermint patties
also make a good brownie mix in as well as good old M & Ms like I used
here. Granted, this is not a health food, but it is slightly better for
you and more satisfying than just eating piece after piece of left over candy.
For a special Halloween day treat, it can even be fun to frost the brownies
with a light cream cheese frosting and decorate with melted chocolate
jack-o-lantern shapes. Happy trick or treating!!! (Just remember to
eat a salad first!!)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan or 9-inch round cake pan. In a large
saucepan, melt the butter and the peanut butter together. Remove from the heat,
and stir in the sugar, coconut nectar, chia pudding and/or eggs and the vanilla.
Beat in the cocoa powder, the flour and the salt. Add in the chopped candy
pieces and spread into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to