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Healthy Brownies!

The brownies we serve where I work are 270 Calories per brownie. I didn't even look at the rest of the nutritional info: they're full of sugar, etc. So, Mike and I set out to make our own healthy brownies, based on a recipe from Tosca Reno's The Eat-Clean Diet: for Men, which I highly recommend, but caution that her dessert recipes are still pretty naughty. The adapted recipe, below, takes out most of the naughty and replaces it with ingredients that are mostly or completely healthy.

Black Brownies: 1 cup (8 oz) espresso 1/2 cup cold-pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil 1 1/2 cups Ideal no-calorie sweetener 3/4 cup cocoa powder (100% cacao) 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.Melt jar of coconut oil in microwave for 45 seconds (remember to remove the metal lid!, and careful, as the coconut oil jar will be hot when you take it out of the microwave)Add cocoa powder to espresso and mix until the c…

The Tamír Triad by Lynn Flewelling

I know I said some time back that my next review would be for The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, but Lynn Flewelling captured my attention before I was able to finish TTW, which has been sitting on my nightstand waiting for a couple of months now. Instead, I have been engrossed in reading and listening to Ms. Flewelling's Tamír Triad, consisting of The Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior, and The Oracle's Queen, and a whole lot of genius. This trilogy is a companion to the Nightrunners series, which I will address in a separate post.
Set in the Kingdom of Skala some 600 years before the first book of Nightrunners, our story opens with the wizard Iya and her apprentice Arkoniel traveling to the Oracle at Afra, a holy site dedicated to the god of the moon, of madness, and patron of wizards, Illior. Centuries before, the Oracle prophesied that only a Queen could rule Skala, or great tragedies would befall the kingdom. Queen Agnalain, however, was mad, and whe…