Food and Drink :: 150 Calorie Chocolate-Chip Brownies

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Remember that 30 day sweet free challenge I started…well, I failed. Ha! I knew I would and I tried. I made it to day 4 and the call of the granola bar ended me.

Well, I am still trying to keep my diet relatively healthy and depriving myself of a treat wasn’t working at all.

Today, I decided to go back to a tried a true recipe for chocolate- chip brownies using Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix and applesauce!

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Food Follies :: Blended Iced Coffee Made with Coffee Ice Cubes

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I’m still working on my Sweet-free challenge (day 3 today) and no Starbucks Fraps right now. I know they have options, but I don’t “want” them. I want a Coconut Mocha with caramel!

I have been brewing big pots of coffee in the mornings and I decided to freeze some of those coffee ice cubes that everyone is talking about on Pinterest and such. Why not?

Today, I decided to make use of them. It’s 100 degrees out and even though I am enjoying being inside in the A/C…I thought a cold drink was in order.

Everything was a complete experiment. I had no clue what I was doing.

:: Recipe ::

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Ingredients: (enough for two)
1 tray of coffee ice cubes
8-10 oz of milk and cold coffee (I used all milk)
Blender

Combine and blend! Add more milk if you need.

Result :: a bit too milky for me. Next time I’ll save have the coffee in the fridge and swap half the milk for cold coffee.
If you like sugar…add away. Or use flavored coffee. (ick) I like black coffee so this is more up my alley.

All in all, not bad…but not watered down either, which makes it pretty awesome.

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Recipe :: Apple Pumpkin Bread

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I made it using this recipe as a start, but I made some tweaks. One, reducing the sugar by a cup and halfing the oil.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz.) Pumpkin
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup apple juice or cider (I used cider)
2 medium baking apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used Jonathan apples)

PREHEAT oven to 350

I <3 Target…literally!

This was my lunch today. I had a smoothie in my adorable Multi-Hearts Tumbler from Target. I only found 3 of these cups and I wish I had bought a full set.

If anyone bought some and wants to sell em to me, let me know. I <3 these cups!

Did I mention that the smootie mix was purchased at Target as well…yum!