Double Chocolate Chunk Freezer Brownies
Let's talk cravings (yes, those things you try with all your might to ignore). We all have them, no matter how clean you eat, if you following the 80/20 rule, if your paleo, plant based, vegan or practice mindful eating. For many people, they'll say that the desire to indulge comes when their willpower is drained. You may not realize it, but all day long your willpower is tested & over the span of the day becomes depleted, making it easier to justify temptation (just one cookie...). For some, having that one bite of cake or a couple licks of an ice cream cone is enough to satisfy the pleasure centres of the body, preventing us from losing all sorts of control! For others who consistently deny themselves of the occasional treat, that cake or cone may disappear entirely if they allow themselves to indulge (sometimes you just have to go for it).
It's true that willpower is the strongest in the morning, and when it is overworked it weakens. Think about it, all day long your are tempted, whether its at the office, in line at starbucks, at the grocery store, even the ads on tv & billboards on the side of the highway taunt us with monster sized images of milkshakes, doughnuts, burgers, fries, ice cream cakes, etc. So by the time you get home, it makes sense that after dinner, maybe after the kids are down or your cozied up on the couch that you want to relax with a little something sweet. And while allowing yourself to have that treat is entirely normal and healthy, when it becomes a habit that you feel you can't break or have no control over, that's when you may want to ask yourself, what is it that draws me to this food (is it simply comfort or convenience), and is there a more nourishing alternative that I can have on hand.
It is easier for your body to break down foods that are rich in natural vitamins, fibre and protein than those that are full of anti-nutritious ingredients (think sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy fats, etc.). Whole, unrefined ingredients puts less stress on your body, meaning it has more energy to expend on maintaining a healthy internal environment to keep you functioning optimally. On the flip side, foods that are high in fat, sugar, simple carbohydrates and salt end up causing more frequent and intense cravings for the unhealthy stuff. Yes, they may signal all those pleasure centres in your brain and initially make you feel good, but these are the most common foods to become addicted to, as well, often contain high allergen foods, inflammatory ingredients, cause rapid surge in glucose, and cause less than ideal symptoms ... acne, headaches, bloating, constipation, fatigues ... and so on!
So, the solution? Finding wellthy alternatives to anti-nutritious foods to allow you to satisfy your cravings without the negative side effects. If you love chocolate, these double chocolate freezer brownies are for you! I'll be putting a spin on them this week to show you just how versatile they can be!
what you'll need
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp natural sweetener (optional)
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 scoop collagen (optional)
- dark chocolate bar, broken into pieces
- add all ingredients, except for dark chocolate pieces, in to food processor, blend until the dough sticks together when pinched between your fingers.
- transfer dough into a bowl and add in dark chocolate, mix to combine.
- roll into bite sized balls & add an additional piece of dark chocolate on the top
- freeze for 20 min and enjoy!
Did you make them? Do you LOVE them? Any questions thoughts or feedback? Let me know in the comments & be sure to tag your freezer brownie creations by tagging @the_wellth or using #eatwellthy on Instagram!