Summertime is made for road trips
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It's been a while since I've tagged along with my husband while he's on assignment, traveling around Iowa, helping companies detect problems with the widgets they make. I'm forever surprised and impressed with the cool things he gets to work on
“Wait, they make bowling pins? Where?”
“That company is turning landfill waste into .. what?”
Me? It's a great excuse to spend time with him, and discover small-town cafes and coffee shops along the way.
But this trip? This trip is special; I'm going home
Growing up, Spirit Lake/Okoboji wasn't far from our family's farm and became a place filled with memories of lazy summer days at our cottage on the water. It was everything a kid could hope for: water skiing for hours, homemade ice cream churned by hand, passing a hot and humid afternoon on the porch with a good book
Not to mention a few tasty treats, like sopaipillas at Mrs. Lady's
Of course, a few snacks are fun to take along
These two-bite brownies are great and simple to make. With a shortlist of ingredients, they're soft and chewy, without being overly sweet, and the perfect size for snacking
They're made with hemp hearts, peanut butter, dates and honey add sweetness, along with a chocolate powder of choice. I'm partial to carob powder or unsweetened cocoa, although protein powder is an alternative for those who are looking for ways to add it in.
Forming them into balls is the easiest, although flatter shapes take up a bit less room in the fridge or freezer
~ Adapted from Oh She Glows
Two-Bite Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies (Vegan and Raw)
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup oat flour
- 3 Tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice (if using protein powder, increase the amount to 3 ½ or 4 Tbsp)
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract chopped (or ½ teaspoon vanilla)
- pinch Himalayan salt
- Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor & process until a dough has formed. (~ 1-2 minutes)
- (If the dough is too wet, add additional flour, 1 tsp at a time. If the dough is too dry, add additional honey, 1 tsp at a time).
- Press the dough into a small pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm (~ 30 min - 1 hour).
- Cut the brownies into small squares or use a cookie cutter to cut out small shapes. Sprinkle organic powdered sugar or drizzle Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Fudge over the top. (optional)