Woof! More than two months since my last post. That has got to be a record, and not one I’m proud to set. I could give you all sorts of excuses, but instead I’ll just say, I’m glad to be back! I think intermittent blogging might just be my jam now, what with the launch of Serendipity Lettering, and the fact that I work in events and travel more than 30% of the year, but that’s better than no blogging, right? Right.
Since I went on my elimination diet, I stopped baking a lot. It just wasn’t quite as enjoyable to me – GF and vegan concoctions are not like the real thing – and it was hard for me to get excited. After more than 3 months on my diet, I wasn’t feeling better, so I decided to start adding back some gluten and dairy items – in moderation – and these bars were the first thing I baked. I still don’t feel a lot better, so I’m trying now to take chemicals out of my lifestyle – food (trying to eliminate a lot of processed foods, as well as buying more organic fruits and veggies and grass fed/cage free meat), personal care products (shampoo/conditioner, body wash, makeup, etc.) and household cleaning products. I’ve tried everything else with no relief, so hoping that this next effort will make a difference! Have any of you ever battled undiagnosed stomach/digestive problems? Any tips or tricks that I might not have tried?
At any rate, while I still try to battle through my health stuff, I’m letting myself add back in a little bit of gluten and dairy, just trying to stick to organic, minimally processed ingredients. It’s definitely a challenge, and a lot more expensive, but hoping that the investment in my health is worth it!
These bars – originally from Half Baked Harvest – are a little bit less guilt-laden than many of the recipes of my past, but they were a real treat for me after eliminating baked goods for several months! I did use vegan butter here (Earth Balance) but otherwise kept to a pretty typical brownie batter, and they turned out great.
Because they use wheat flour, I think they have a greater tendency to dry out faster, so if you give these a try, definitely be careful not to overbake them! I used a mix of dark and white chocolate chips because I was feeling indecisive, but they’d probably be great with whatever your favorite type of chocolate chip is. Maybe even peanut butter chips?!
I’m psyched to be back here writing in this space, and look forward to checking in again soon 🙂