Salad Bar Brownies: Part of a Sugar Free Christmas

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. I love the parties, the food, the gifts, and the fun. I hate the tummy bugs, the flu, the colds, and the blahs. Unfortunately, the food, particularly the sweets and treats that are so much a part of our traditions lead to the sickness and depression that tend to creep up this time of year. Sugar wreaks havoc on an immune system that is stressed. Good or bad stress, our body can't tell the difference and too many late nights shopping or wrapping contributes to that as well.

We can do so many things to help our bodies stay healthy this holiday. The most basic, and maybe the hardest is cutting out sugar. Hard to do because it is so engrained in our society and holiday traditions. But the fact that the "holidays" stretch from Halloween to New Years means that as Americans we spend 60 plus days in a sugar coma! You CAN change that! I did it myself. I started two years ago. No sugar in November and December. And guess what!

Christmas came all the same!
It came without cookies
It came with out cake
It came without all the nice things neighbors bake.
It came with out toffee
It came without candy
It came without brittle and clusters so dandy.
Maybe Christmas isn't candy you find in a store.
No, Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!

Here is the first of several holiday recipes to keep the jolly in holiday while nourishing the body.

1 cup mashed sweet potato or pumpkin
Flesh of one avocado
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2/3 cup xylitol
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 scoop green fruits and veggies from blendfresh (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
5 drops orange essential oil (Or peppermint)

Mix the sweet potato, avocado, oil, applesauce, xylitol and eggs until smooth. Then add the cocoa, coconut flour, blendfresh (optional), salt and baking soda and essential oil. Mix thoroughly and spread in a 8X8 pan. Bake at 350 for 20 min or until it passes the toothpick test.

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  1. They look delicious! Talk about a healthy dessert :)

  2. BAH HA AH! I LOVE THE NAME OF THIS RECIPE - salad bar brownies ;) You have no clue what to think - they're genius!

  3. I love your "Grinch" poem ;) You are so right, Christmas does come all the same even without sugar. I look forward to trying your Salad Bar Brownies. -Sammi | Grounded and Surrounded

  4. Great post! This looks delicious! I'd love for you to share your posts on my weekly link ups each Wednesday. The link up for this Wednesday is still up and running if you'd like to come link up. I host a new link up each Wednesday and they last a full week, so come link up most any time at somuchathome.blogspot.com.
    God bless.

  5. This sounds perfect! I wish I could take a bite right now! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Awe, thanks. I do try to be the life of the party...well, in my dreams anyway.

  6. What wonderful brownies! I love it when delicious is healthy too! It is so important to take care of ourselves, particularly at this time of year. This is a great recipe to help us enjoy the holidays and be healthy too. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will share :-) And congratulations on your .net :-)