Monday, March 26, 2012

Ooey Gooey Dark Chocolate Brownies

 

Hey guys!  I’m excited to share with you a guest post from Dairy Free Chick a new to me dairy free blog!!  I hope you enjoy this recipe – it sounds fantastic!!  

 

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Hi Dairy Free Betty readers! I’m Tash from Dairy Free Chick, a blog about living lactose intolerant.

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance and IBS. Ever since then, I’ve been adjusting my diet to my body’s particularities and recently decided to start a blog about what I’ve learned (and cooked) so far. When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m a busy public health grad student and a part-time vaccine researcher.

I’m so grateful to Jessica for giving me the opportunity to share a recipe with you. I debated whether or not to share this brownie recipe with you because I wondered if brownies are too boring. Well, my new friends, that’s kind of a silly question because even if brownies are a dessert staple, they are anything but boring… especially these ooey gooey ones. They are extra gooey because of a brilliant mistake I made when creating this recipe: I added double the amount of chocolate chips I meant to, but can we really call that a mistake? I like to think it was my subconscious talking.

Let’s get to it!

Ooey Gooey Dark Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

½ cup oil (I used canola)

8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

2 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate

2 eggs, beaten

2 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, Heath bar or it’s relatives

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Over low heat, add chocolate chips, Baker’s chocolate, and oil and mix until melted. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, and sugar.

4. When the chocolate is cooled, add to the egg mixture.

5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.

6. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture.

7. Stir in optional add-ins.

8. Transfer to a greased 8’’x8’’ square or 9’’ round pan and bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on how gooey you want them).

9. Although at this time you will be dying to take a bite, these guys should probably sit for at least 10 minutes to firm up.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Allergy Guides–US and Canada

Hey guys!
Thank you for all the new likes on Facebook!  I cannot believe I am almost at the 1000 mark – that is INCREDIBLE! 
I recently had to travel across the country and while travelling had to eat out quite a bit – that got me thinking that a list f allergy guides may be very helpful – so I will update this post when I find new allergy guides and you will be able to find it above under Dairy Free Resources.  This guide will be a work in progress.
Please send me an email if you find a new guide that is not listed  and I will add.  As I do not live in the US, this list will likely have many more Canadian links.
*please note – THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE… it is important to check these guides often, as they may change – and these are only a guideline – always ask to double check. I hold no responsibility for any of the below charts – this is strictly information I have found online. 
CANADA
A.
B.
C. Chillis
D.
E.  Extreme Pita
F.
G.
H.  Harvey’s
I.
J.
K.
L.
M.
N.
O. Olive Garden
P. Panago
Q. Quiznos
R.
S. Swiss Chalet
T. 
U.
V.
W.
X.
Y.
Z.
UNITED STATES.
A.
B.
C.
D. 
E. 
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
K. Keg
L.
M. McDonalds
N.
O. Olive Garden
P. Panera
Q. Quiznos
R.
S. Subway
T.  Tim Hortons
U.
V.
W. Wendy’s
X.
Y.
Z.  ZPizza
Thanks to Steph at a Life without Ice Cream for her help with the list!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dairy Free Travel

Well hello!!

What a whirl wind the last few weeks have been!!   Aside from working like crazy to get all my employee T4s finished – I also took a quick trip to Vancouver to take Zumba training!  I’m now a certified Zumba Basic, Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic instructor!!   So exciting!!  I’m hoping to teach kids classes and special needs groups!! 

Anyways, I had to figure out what to eat during two 10 hour days of training. We weren’t able to leave the studio – so I had to do some pre- shopping for stuff to bring with me and thought you might like to see what I got!

The fridge post – Whole Foods visit! (I love whole foods – so much good stuff!)

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Top – soy yougert parfait, veggie box, left over Shanghai noodle box from lunch.

Middle – hummus, kale/swiss chard salad,  chocolate peanut butter, olives

Bottom – bagels, black berries and oranges

 

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Top – 2x coconut water, homemade muffins and energy balls

Bottom – salad shaker – veggies, aloe juice and salad dressing

Whole Foods is a great place to grab food when you need it, although it’s a bit expensive, it was cheaper than going out for lunch each day!

This Asian Shaker was very tasty!

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Click to enlarge for ingredients – the dressing was awesome!

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Yummy salad dressing

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Unfortunately I didn’t eat the soy parfait,  I kept leaving it as a treat, and then never ate it – so sad, it looked so awesome! IMG_0398

I also got some treats!! 

Vegan Spelt Brownie – sooo yummy

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And a vegan cupcake! – So so NOT good… haha – it looked so good but it was dry *sad face*

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Anyways – all this teamed up with some left over sushi and continental  breakfast at the hotel (hard boiled eggs, toast and oatmeal) and I was happy (and full).

 

What are your go to eats for days like these?

Jessica

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