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Recipe adaptations – Brownies as an example

brownies from adapted recipe
chewy almost good for you brownines

Adapted brownie recipe

Here is a good example of adapting a brownies recipe to your own healthy one.
This author wanted ½ cup of butter. Because the consistency of coconut oil is the same I just replaced item for item.
Pretty standard measure for any chewy type of substance cookie or bar.,.
There are all kinds of research about coconut fats.
If you use olive oil need a little less moisture somewhere else.
Want to try rice oil when I can find it at a good cost. Supposed to lower cholesterol.

We took the white flour and replaced it with whole wheat. You could use quinoa flour instead because we are not really need the rising power of the gluten in this item. Could cook them individually and ended up with a cookie type of dessert. I like the bars because they are quick but not as crunchy. Could use a muffin pan to cook the so they all have a crust. My family likes softer not crunchy. The outside edges are mine, and that is plenty for me that likes the crunchy.
1 cup of butter replace with coconut  oil.
1 cup flour – replace with wwflr
4 eggs instead of 6(I doubled the recipe
Used a little less sugar then called for because I think the raw sugar is very sweet, I wanted cocoa brownies and I added rich chocolate chips and they were sweet.
Vanilla was homemade .+
Leavening aluminum free. (this amount also changes texture could have used half as much.)
Sugar replace with raw sugar, could use honey, again may need a bit more dry ingredient for moisture change.
The sucranat (a very lightly processed cane sugar and raw sugar do not dissolve as well so I had to melt the coconut oil and so I stirred the sugar in to dissolve it better and cool the melted fat,
I use a few less eggs to help make more chewy and less cake like they called for three, I doubled the recipe and used four. This is a cooking pattern to know more eggs give a more cake like texture.
I used pecan pieces cause they were the cheapest nuts I could buy this month and I love pecans.
You know I thought living where they grow they would be cheaper but like a lobster in New England they can get more sending them away. Looking for a producer locally I can score from.

I bet I spent 10 more minutes making these from scratch putting things out and away. The time is to organize your pantry to have the ingredients on hand for all different combinations and you don’t need to run to the store for an expensive box mix full of chemicals.

+Homemade vanilla.
Pour vodka over vanilla beans and wait. I found them at whole foods. They are expensive buy $12 worth of beans lasted me two years. Much cheaper. I poured new vodka over the beans every time it got low and that seemed to do. I had a clear bottle in a dark cabinet but a dark bottle is probably better.

What to Do ? Information overload

Information Overload and Health.

We live in a world of so much information it is easy to get Info overload. The great thing about the internet is that you can look up almost anything. The bad news about the internet is the same thing.
Gone are the days that if it is in print we can trust the information.
First rule in information is look at the source.
When it is not clear continue until you find information
that has a source.
Anybody with a bit of time can print and post online.

Consider that Wikipedia is a compilation of whoever takes the time to post. We can make a page on you and not put a bit of truth in it, so too all the posts. Some would not consider that even a source anymore.
If we are what we eat then that is one of the most important things we can talk about. We are physical and spiritual beings. Consider that in the “old” days simpler was better. People have survived on little food and simple diets. I heard a nutrition speaker one time and she lived in the Masai tribe because she was studying about the healthiest people in the world. They ate a handful of corn and drank cows milk mixed with blood. She had an allergy to corn and did only the cows milk for the blood was out of the question for her. By the end of two weeks she could eat the corn and all her diseases of allergies went away. I read that some of the prisoners during WW ll only had turnips to eat. They ate the tops, bottoms and dirt and they not only survived but a lot of the European disease left them, only to come back when they were rescued and were able to eat again the rich white foods, they had in the past.
One dentist had set out to study different groups and their teeth. He ended up noticing the difference in teeth and the diets. All the healthy groups ate many different foods and combinations but they ate mainly fresh foods, and that seemed to be the difference. Now we have such variety available it is a choice and a confusion. The best advice is to shop on the outskirts of the stores, so that everything is grown not processed. Then you ask about chemicals on and in the foods. Organic choices are often much more expensive, but in some food that contain the most of the bad chemicals it may be worth it. I used to be a big believer in juice but I think the processing that it takes for juice may make that a questionable “new” product and it is much better to eat the fruit with the fiber as well. I have seen over the years a lot of tooth decay because of juice.