A Single Brownie .. cooked in the microwave!

Hello! Happy 4th of July eve! Anyone have any big plans for tomorrow? Going to any good barbecues? Seeing fireworks? Hanging out with family and friends? Fun, fun, fun!

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I think we’re going to have a pretty quiet day around our house. Thing 2 has to work – ah, the life of a teenager with a job at McDonald’s – and my plan is to put some meat in the crock pot. I’m thinking about trying a new recipe for carne asada. Om nom nom! Besides, we can sort of see fireworks from our house and I have to work on Friday. 😦 Oh well. Having money is a good thing. πŸ™‚

So, I just have to share! I hit a new personal best this morning at CrossFit!! Here’s what we did:

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Of course, I rowed instead of running. *sigh* One day…..

Anyway, normally, I use 2 bands to help with the pull ups. I just don’t have the strength yet to do unassisted pull ups but…I’m getting there! This morning, I only used 1 band! And, I made it through 5 rounds which means I knocked out 40 pull ups using only 1 band! Woot!!

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Hey, thanks! πŸ™‚

Okay, so I know I’ve mentioned my new reading material (books & cookbooks about Paleo recipes) and that I’m trying a whole bunch of new stuff. Well, I decided to try a dessert recipe and, well, it was good but it could be so much better. I’m going to help you make it better! And then, I’m going to go home and make one for myself. Will someone please explain to me why I don’t have all the ingredients I need at work? I really need to stock my office better. Sheesh.

Anyway, the recipe is for a “Single Caveman Microwave Brownie.” I know. OF COURSE I had to make it! Well, it was good but it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. Putting a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top really helped. πŸ˜€ But, I want to make it so it’s delicious without having to use the ice cream. My first mistake was I used sugar free maple syrup. The recipe calls for light maple syrup so use that. You need the sweetness. I, however, plan to use honey the next time I make it. Also, I used dark chocolate cocoa powder. I thought it would make it more decadent. Well, maybe … if I’d used the right maple syrup. And, finally, I think that this recipe could use a little splash of almond milk. It was a little dry. So, that’s what I’m going to try next time tonight after dinner. πŸ™‚ You try it and let me know what you think. Chocolate. Brownie. Mug. 2 minutes. Really, it’s just destined to be delicious!

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Single Caveman Microwave Brownie
makes 1 serving

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2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
3 tablespoons almond flour
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon light maple syrup
1 egg
pinch unprocessed sea salt

1. Add all ingredients to a microwave safe mug and stir well. (use a fork, not a mini whisk. trust me.)

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy!

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– jennifer

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