The Optimal Wellness Plan has positively changed the lives of many individuals, including myself. Although adjusting to the plan is a dramatic change for most, I would say that I have very few people that do not convert to living this way long term. The main reason for this is the positive way that they feel. My wife will even tell you that there is no substitute for feeling good. If you’ve been in that “dark” place of not feeling well, then you know what she means.
Converting from the typical American diet can be quite difficult for some. Breaking free from chemical additives, flavor enhancers, etc. can be quite challenging. Allowing our tastes to appreciate the goodness of pure, unadulterated food can take time. It can also be a challenge to think outside the box to create satisfying meals. The Physician’s Promise Recipes for Wellness cookbook has enabled many people to succeed by providing them with recipes and ideas to get started. It took my wife many hours of hard work and dedication to compile this resource and we were both thankful when the finished product was published.
We’d now like to start a new resource page here on our blog that allows everyone to submit their favorite Optimal Wellness Plan recipes. Think of this not only as a great personal resource, but a great way to help others as well. Most of us have reached a point, at one time or the other, of needing to change our meal plans up to keep things exciting and fresh. Hopefully, that’s what this page will accomplish.
The first recipe that I’d like to share came from Kristen Samosky, a Physician’s Promise member and family friend. Hats off to Kristen for this Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownie. Not only is this an amazing recipe, but she delivered the final product warm and fresh to my wife at our front door! Our motto for Physician’s Promise has always been that “we extend a warm welcome from our family to yours,” but we are so blessed that so many of you, just like Kristen and her family, have extended a warm welcome to our family as well. Thanks to all and I hope you enjoy Kristen’s recipe. My wife and I look forward to trying the recipes that many of you will soon be adding here. Please make sure that you list each recipe as a new comment under this blog article so that we can keep all of our recipes in one place.
Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies
1 cup coconut flour
2/3 cup good cocoa powder
1 3oz. Lily’s Dark Chocolate Bar with Almonds, chopped
1 cup Steviva Blend
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon aluminum free baking powder
¾ cup butter
1/4 cup canola oil
3 extra large eggs
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water (I only used about 1 cup and 2 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1.) In a large bowl, sift together the coconut flour, salt, cocoa, baking powder, nuts, and Steviva Blend. Set aside.
2.) Cut butter into chunks and place in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until melted. Add the chocolate and mix just until they soften. Quickly remove from heat and continue stirring until everything is combined. Let cool.
3.) In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and then add the oil and vanilla followed by the cooled chocolate butter mixture.
4.) Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry. The coconut flour tends to suck moisture quickly so don’t worry if the batter clumps. Use the lukewarm water to loosen it up by drizzling a little bit at a time until it is all absorbed but the batter is still wet. If you need to, add up to ¼ cup more water.
5.) Pour the batter into a 9 X 13 baking pan lined with foil
6.) Bake for 30 minutes until the top is dry to the touch and the batter is firm.
7.) Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before lifting the foil to remove the brownies from the pan. Slice and eat right away for a warm, cakey brownie or let sit over night for a firmer, fudgier one (or have it both ways!)