A fudgy and decadent Keto brownie skillet that fits any Paleo or low carb diet! You’d never guess it was made with cauliflower in the base .
You know those times when you make food and you’re really happy you live alone so you don’t have to share it? This was one of those times.
I didn’t bake for about 5 years when I was in school and traveling, and now I am baking all of the things. I think I had given up for a while because I was tired of wasting money when recipes didn’t work out (which was 90% of the time.) Now, I’ve totally hit my Paleo baking stride. I am one with the coconut flour. I made scones AND brownies this past weekend, and both are pretty superb. I’m really trying to gain weight, so a fridge full of too many Paleo and Keto desserts is a good problem to have.
Lets talk about the weight gain part, because thats the opposite of a good problem. So many people think it’s easy to be the person who needs to gain weight — it’s absolutely not. Don’t get me wrong, weight is hard no matter what side of the fence you’re stuck on. I have respect for anyone who is struggling to do hard things to reach a healthy weight. I also feel for people with eating disorders, and the mental battle that they fight to find a good relationship with food on top of trying to gain weight.
My own need to put on extra pounds comes from my autoimmune disease and genetics, but I’m often “accused” of being anorexic and reminded of weight by total strangers. People have yelled “go eat a pizza” at me in passing, and I’ve received many insensitive jabs about how little I must eat from men in my gym or at the grocery store. I was recently asked if I had “ever heard of that thing called calories” before. Those words are grounded in insecurity and offer nothing supportive. So why are they being said? What gives anyone else the right to comment on someone else’s weight?
If they could only see the brownies in my fridge…
I don’t say this to complain, but I say it to hopefully remind us all how little we know about other people’s struggles. The only thing we all know is that being healthy takes work, and often involves fighting disease and uncontrollable variables that make the deed feel insurmountable at times. Let’s put our efforts into making people feel valued and supported. Maybe then we’d start to see more people reach their own picture of health.
Meanwhile, I’ve been having a rough few weeks on the weight gain train. I’ve been putting myself down mentally and struggling to lower my stress levels, which is preventing me from putting on pounds. I judged myself at my friends wedding last weekend when my dress felt way too big for me, and my thin hair was difficult to style since so much has fallen out. I know I’m trying everything I can right now to be healthy, and I know I’ve been getting better, but I still get mad at myself for not being “there” yet.
I had my 10 second pity party, and now I’m going to go cook more bacon and sweet potatoes. Feeling sorry or guilty doesn’t do anything to help myself overcome this. Cooking more food, staying zen, and getting educated are all I can do.
So hey, let’s both give ourselves, and those around us, a break. And pass me that brownie skillet before the chocolate chunks are gone.
Keto Brownie Skillet (with Hidden Cauliflower)
Grease a 6 inch skillet and preheat oven to 325 F.
Add cauliflower rice, cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and egg to a blender or food processor. Blend on low for 30 seconds to a minute, until smooth. Stir in coconut flour and almond flour. Pour mixture into the greased skillet and sprinkle chocolate over the top.
Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Brownie will be fudgy, but cooked throughout
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