Thursday, February 24, 2011

pantry and freezer week - day 11

Today was a much better day. Thanks for all the positive energy that was sent my way! I slept in instead of getting up at an ungodly hour to walk the dog. Necessary, however, I would really like to stick to waking up early to walk the dog and then having an uber productive day.

I had the usual oats for breakfast today, but added something that has been hanging out in our freezer for quite some time - blueberry/strawberry and yogurt popsicles. I made these for a game night that we had a long long time ago. Not sure why I haven't thought of adding these to oatmeal before!


Lunch at Rotary was another feast of foods that I wouldn't eat, so I hustled home to create this leaning tower or lentil burgers. Toasted bread, ketchup, mustard, onion, spinach and left over lentil burgers I made the other night. Plus some carrot scaffolding to hold this leaning tower of deliciousness up.


An afternoon snack attack struck around three, and I blended up a few frozen bananas, almond milk and a few spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix to create frozen hot chocolate. A perfect snack...enjoyed just as the first flakes of many inches began to fall.


Although not photogenic, dinner was a great use of leftovers - last night's dinner transformed into chili pizza on homemade crust.

The crust was amazing, slightly sweet (brown sugar) with a little chew (whole wheat flour). And of course I didn't write anything down...just threw a little of this and a sprinkle of that into the bowl. Meh.


I wasn't planning on making dessert, but an after dinner chocolate craving beat out my willpower.


Single Serve Gooey Brownie.
Do not share this with anyone, you will regret it after your last bite!


In the mix::

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1/8 t baking powder
  • 3 T almond milk
  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1/2 t vanilla
{edit - I just made this again (February 25th) and cut down the oil to 1 teaspoon and it was still amazing. I also added a pinch of salt, which I am sure I did yesterday, just forgot to write it down. I baked it at 325* for 15 minutes and it was the perfect ratio of cooked v. gooey brownie. Holla for a healthier ooey gooey single serve brownie!}
    In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients until blended. Bake at 350* for 17 minutes - until the sides are set but the middle is slightly jiggly.



    I've updated the recipe + photos here.


    1. You and your yummy desserts are causing serious problems for my willpower.

      BTW, your chocolate/oatmeal/PB balls are really good with mashed banana mixed in too. They need to set for a few minutes in the freezer with the banana in them though.

    2. You're still getting snow? Ugh, I'm so over winter :)

      Glad you're feeling better about life in general!

    3. Love all these unique items! I also adore frozen hot chocolate (more so in summer) and I could definitely make it a little more sensible with bananas and almonds.

    4. That brownie looks awesome! I'm glad that the brownie is prepared in the oven -- we're anti-microwave over here, so nuking things is not an option :)

    5. Just found this post via Oh She Glows, and WOW! This looks fantastic. I can't wait to make this single serving brownie :).

    6. yup, I'm making this tomorrow - no questions asked.

      actually, I have one question - when you swapped 1 tsp oil rather than 1 TBSP did you replace it with anything (pumpkin puree, mashed banana, etc?)

      can't wait to try this!

    7. @Jenny - Nope, I just reduced the oil and did not replace it with anything.

    8. Made this tonight (with your latest edits), and AWESOME!! I topped it with peanut butter and was in heaven. I will be making this over and over again :).

    9. I'm definitely going to try this tonight! can't wait!!

    10. In addition to my comment yesterday -- I made this last night for my fiance and myself. OMG it was AMAZING!!!!!! I would totally make it again tonight, but I'm out of flour!!!