Here we are on Day 4. Yesterday I complained that my digestion seemed to have stalled. Well, it’s fixed! It’s the best it’s been in four years, which – well, it’s hard to explain just how huge that is.
My skin is improving every day, and the ulcers and blisters everywhere else are much better, too.
Also, my headache has improved no end.
I have to confess that I did not go to Pilates this morning. For one thing, I only stopped work at 1AM, and the prospect of getting up at 5AM was more than I could manage. But also, the aching around my right ovary, while improving, is not actually better. And Pilates makes it worse.
I have a cunning plan, though. I will either unearth my Pilates DVDs or find a good YouTube Pilates channel, get up early every morning, and do it here. Then I should get stronger, and maybe in a month or so I can go back.
Because I’m back to eating clean, obviously sugar is off the list. And dairy. And with them, chocolate.
A life without chocolate is chaos.
So yesterday I had no choice but to make brownies. As you do.
If you’ve been here a while, you’ll know that I’m a HUGE fan of Chocolate Covered Katie, and her no-bake brownies are The Bomb! Since I can’t have nuts, though, I had to improvise. I have tried a range of seed substitutes, but actually the best solution was what I did last night: simple sunflower seeds.
This is the easiest recipe ever, and these chocolatey heavenly squares of goodness are the most amazing snack/soul food ever.
Here’s my variation of Katie’s no-bake gluten-free sugar free dairy-free low-carb vegan brownies of awesomeness
- 250g dates, soaked in black filter coffee for 20 – 30 minutes
- 1 cup of sunflower seeds, thoroughly smooshed in the blender
- 6 tablespoons of cocoa
- 2 tsp unsweetened brewed black filter coffee (because coffee)
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional – I’m not a fan personally)
- Blend everything together until it makes a smooth paste (and, as an aside, can someone please donate me a totally awesome blender than smooshes the living daylights out of seeds and dates?)
- Line a baking tray with wax paper.
- Spread the smooshed goodness you’ve just created all over the wax paper.
- Exercising every ounce of self-control you can muster, leave the mixture in the fridge for two hours to firm up.
- Cut it. Serve it*. Eat it.
*Note: serving does not imply sharing. Just saying.