Sometimes You Make Brownies at Bedtime.






We were tired. It had been a full day, and promises to be a long week. There were dished to do and laundry to fold and another bushel of green beans (and a half-bushel of cucumbers) out on the porch to be attended to. I should start stemming beans, I thought.

And then Lupine approached me, an apron in each hand. "Let's make zuh-urt, mama!" (Dessert is a rare treat in our house. Definately not an everyday affair.)

The aprons belonged to my mother's mother's mother. Great-Grandma Nellie. Lupine's Great-Great-Grandmother.

And so, zuh-urt? Yes. In the spirit of grandma Lee and Grandma Nellie, yes to zuh-urt. Sometimes it feels really good to surprise even yourself with a big and joy-filled yes.

Sage set to work whipping raw cream and homemade vanilla into peaks, and Lupine and I gathered almond butter, eggs, and honey to make almond-butter brownies. When they were cool we piled them with "frosting" and dug in.

What a sweet finish to a busy day.

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The recipe for the brownies is adapted from The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and I've had it memorized for about 6 years, since my first journey into no-carb gut-healing foods. 1 C nut butter; 1/2 C (scant) honey; 1 egg; 1 tsp baking soda (optional). Combine well with a whisk and spread in a well buttered pan (or several small ones). Bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes, or until browned on the edges and not gooey in the middle. These will collapse some when cool, but you can just fill the divet with something yummy.

9 thoughts on “Sometimes You Make Brownies at Bedtime.

  1. Cassandra says:

    This might be a dumb question…but would these brownies be good for someone who has to be gluten-free? I have company coming over with dietary restrictions and these look awesome!

  2. Casey says:

    Looks awesome. I made Paleo Brownies the other night, too — yes they have chocolate (of the 80% cacao variety) and honey, but they are mostly walnuts. Fantastic. Sometimes saying yes is just what life requires for happiness.

  3. Rachel Wolf says:

    Dayle, What is the most amusing about your comment is that from 2004-2005 I was on Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The only book I had was E.G.s book by that title. And this was the only. Dessert. I ate. For over a year. So it took me until now to love it again! Hooray for variety! Hugs, Rachel

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