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Chocolate Dream!

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Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I went to the gym and trained very heavy, then went to our Kettlebell class last night, so I’m resting today. I will have a new workout up tomorrow.

Lately I have mentioned my love of chocolate. So, as a treat, I thought I would post a recipe for yummy brownies. These brownies are not exactly healthy, but can be eaten in moderation to supplement a healthy lifestyle without undoing all your hard work. I have made one adjustment to the recipe and have replaced the butter with coconut oil. Although, this does nothing to improve the calorie content, so beware of your portion size ;) It’s all too easy to get carried away.

I also left out the glaze for the top of the brownies and just garnished with coconut.

The ingredients are:

  • 50g Plain Chocolate
  • 40g Coconut Oil (or butter)
  • 75g Dark Brown Soft Sugar
  • 75g Self-Raising Flour (I made my own)
  • 2 Small Eggs (beaten)
  • 15g Cocoa Powder
  • 25g Chopped Nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)
  • Some desiccated coconut for sprinkling (optional)

Method

Grease and base-line a 28 x 23cm (11 x 9inch) tin (or, like me, anything you have that resembles a tin)

Break chocolate up and melt with coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water.

Stir in sugar and gradually beat in eggs

Sift flour and cocoa together and then fold into chocolate mixture.

Now add the nuts.

Spoon into prepared tin.

  • Bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes
  • Allow to cool in the tin before turning out.
  • Cut into equal pieces (I got 8 ) and, if you wish, sprinkle coconut over the top (if it will stick).

Relax and enjoy.

I usually try to have just one, but sometimes I just can’t help going back for more. This is not ideal and I wish I had more will-power, but my weakness is chocolate … who am I kidding here, my weakness is food in general :/ But I am trying like mad to reset my sense of hunger.  For those of you who, like me, struggle to say no to that inner voice, try and keep busy! If you’re out and about or focusing on something else, it totally works :)

Anyway, I hope you will enjoy this recipe and please share them with your family and friends (so you don’t eat them all yourself).  And I will see you tomorrow with a new workout.

Marianne

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12 Responses

  1. DKS KB says:

    Hello Marianne

    Nice Works!!

    Regards from Switzerland

    Luca Gorgoni

  2. Orla says:

    Any idea how many calories are in one slice?

  3. Paul says:

    Another nice recipe that my family will love. It will be nice for a occasional treat. I try for 85% compliance with my diet and it’s really hard some days, especially when chocolate is around.

    Paul

  4. sara says:

    Just made as a weekend pudding, yummy yummy yummy!!!!!
    And there’s no chance to stop just at one piece!!!
    Thanks
    Sara

  5. Izzy says:

    Haha, ok I see the box now…I’m a little silly :)
    Well Marianna, if you are working full time and still manage to have a great blog and a great physique…CONGRATS!!!
    I think that I will focus on my content to start with and then see from there.
    Thanks for the tips and I will keep following your blog regularly :D
    Keep up the amazing work,
    Isabella.

  6. Izzy says:

    Well you are doing a great job!
    Is there an option for you to send an email to notify people when you reply to their comment? That would be cool :)
    I myself am slowly working on getting my own fitness blog started and you are a great inspiration.
    And about food, I have gone a long way from a slightly over weight emotional eater to a much fitter person learning to enjoy food in moderation. I use to go from a week of binging to a week of eating clean and what really helped me is to be less of a perfectionist and focus on the NOW, feeling strong, happy and healthy everyday and enjoying each moment and meal. I no longer deprive myself and categorize food as good or bad, I know what food makes me feel good and the portions my body needs…and if I have a slip one day, well I try not to be self-critical. This has really helped me because I no longer have that little voice inside telling me “you cannot eat this, you cannot have another slice…” and it is truly liberating. And it turns out that I can eat much more food than I previously believed I could without gaining weight if I stay active on a regular basis.
    Keep up the good work and if you have some tips on starting your own fitness blog, feel free to share them :D

    • Marianne says:

      Hi Izzy, at the very bottom of the comment box you should see a “subcribe to replies” option (or something like that), I added it a while back. I think it works ok. Let me know if you have any problems.

      That’s a great achievement to learn to listen to your body and really know what you need. I find it hard to because I still hear that voice saying “no”, but I’m a bit of a rebel, so I always defy that voice LOL But I can get away with eating more than I originally thought. Because I train so much the only weight I seem to gain is muscle, guess I’m lucky that way, although I used to believe I was more endomorph than mesomorph – looks like my genetics aren’t that bad after all. But I am not naturally lean :(

      All I can say about starting a fitness blog is prepare to have a second full-time job. If it’s something that you really want to do, then find a unique selling point or offer something slightly different to all the others and make good quality content. It’s a very rewarding hobby, but I would love this to be my job because, with extra time, I could really do all the things I want to and get the word out there. It’s a lot of hard work, unless you know someone who can help with marketing, or want to be half naked, it’s a roller coaster journey :) But it’s worth every second and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my blog and I love all those who follow me and report back on their journys and fitness successes.

      Good luck with it :D :D

      Marianne

  7. Izzy says:

    Hi Marianna, great channel you have here… was Zuzana’s blog your inspiration?
    I will try this simple and chocolaty recipe tonight, it looks yummy :)
    I totally understand you and how you feel about food, I am in a similar situation myself. I workout on a regular basis (mostly high intensity bodyweight training and I eat well most of the time)and I like to enjoy a daily treat but sometimes I have trouble stopping and controlling myself around good food. It would be great if you can share some of your tips about self-control and will-power.
    Take care,
    Izzy :D

    • Marianne says:

      Hi Izzy,

      I guess Zuzana’s blog did motivate me to do my own in some ways. I wanted to do something different and have some resistance exercises because I was and still am so passionate about kettlebells. Plus, honestly, she was starting to annoy me with all her coffee talks and fashion hauls. I make no secret of how I feel about her “marketing” technique.

      Anyway, I am glad that I’m not the only one with a love of food ;)

      Thanks
      Marianne

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