I wonder what other bloggers think the moment they sit down to write. Is it like every scene in “Julie & Julia,” you know, how she just gets up extra early every morning and the creativity just spills out on the keys and captures millions of readers? Or do they clear their mind . . . no music, no tv, no distractions, just the words that need to bubble up from within. Or do they over-stimulated themselves (please don’t go there with that-ok, you just did, twice), turning to whatever form of media or reading or conversation that will inspire them and create an acceptable piece of work? Sheesh guys . . . I don’t have a clue. I’m just trying to make it over here.
And when I say make it, I mean make it.
1/2 cup all natural unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 medium grated apple (or 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup gf oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup pecans, crumbled to desired size
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Place oats in blender or food processor and process until finely ground. Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be perfect but it should take a couple minutes. I used a blade coffee grinder* and it worked well!
*I purchased a grinder specifically for grinding flours, nuts, & seeds. If you use yours foe coffee, be sure to wipe out any oils or grounds. Or don’t! Who doesn’t love coffee brownies? 🙂
In a large bowl of electric mixer, cream together peanut butter, applesauce, honey and vanilla until smooth. Add in zucchini, cocoa powder, ground oats, baking soda, and salt; mix until well combined. Gently fold in 1/4 cup of pecans. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and sprinkle remaining pecans over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into middle comes out almost clean.
Cool brownies completely on wire rack then cut into squares. Enjoy!
Souce: adapted from: Ambitious Kitchen
Listening to: Bossypants, by Tina Fey