Chocolate Marshmallow Bark

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This Weight Watchers 7 point recipe is a delicious treat and much easier to make than I thought it would be.  Something about candy baking has always scared me off. This even fits with my “substitutions are key” theme.

So the recipe called for bittersweet chocolate.  I have a metric “stupid huge” (technical term) amount of baking ingredients,  but bittersweet chocolate is not among them. I cannot bring myself to buy more chocolate with all the ingredients I already have in the house so I went out in a limb.  I used half bakers chocolate and half semi sweet. It worked out great! This gives the chocolate bark a dark chocolate taste that is evened out by the marshmallows without being too sweet.

After melting the chocolate I made the mistake of adding the marshmallows before taking the bowl off the heat.

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The marshmallows started melting and I may have panicked. It clearly worked out,  but I worried I’d broken it. Even cutting the bars was easier than anticipated.

It was a first attempt recipe that I took to family dinner without worrying that everyone would hate it and we would have to go without dessert, so that’s pretty cool.  It also went very well with red wine. :mrgreen:

Definitely a recipe to remember. Don’t be surprised of you see this one on a tray if I bring a dessert.

Fudge Brownie Victory

He loves brownies.  Top five desserts loves.  Lonely island list loves.  And fudge brownies are way better than cake brownies.  So I’ve been on a hunt for a scratch fudge brownie recipe with little to no success… Until we finally joined weight watchers and I began looking at life through substitution lenses. 

On a whim I looked through the baked mix aisle at the local store (as happens…probably weekly….) and came across Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix.  Only 3 points for brownies you say? I’m in! Even if they aren’t great it’s a 3 point brownie.  I’ve got to encourage the efforts for healthier treats when I can. 

The batter was thicker than normal,  but there was a warning on the box telling me that could happen.  They only cooked for 28 minutes which is far less time than usual.  They were thin in the pan,  which I took as a sign. Something about small joys and less points because of less reward.

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In the end they turned out amazing.  They are rich,  chocolatey, fudgey treats.  Theserving is 12 per box and I could totally eat them all in one sitting.  I take that as a good sign! It’s not a scratch brownie like I want,  but it’s reconfirmed my new found healthier baking plans!

Weight Loss Challenge

There comes a time in every adult Beth’s life where she looks in the mirror and says “ok… It’s time for action.”

Andrew got me a fancy rolly chair for my office for Christmas.  It’s awesome and is leather and I love it.  When we went to the store to pick it out shortly after Christmas and bring it home I happened to see on the side of the box a weight limit. Now,  that limit was a good 30 pounds above my weight at the time and we had both decided to make our weight a priority in the coming year,  but it crossed my mind.

That’s a problem.  I decided that we should start our weight loss journey that night.  We joined Weight Watchers immediately and I signed up for the work challenge a few weeks later.

We have both been very good and are seeing results (more on that later) but more to the point, it is causing me to not bake.  I can’t bring myself to waste points on baked goods at this point. As I’ve said in previous posts,  I am a stress baker.  Between work,  school,  and just being me I want to bake things.  My wonderful husband came up with a great idea.

He came home with a bag of Splenda for cooking with.  It hadn’t occurred to me to sub out the sugar.  So I made these cookies and took them to work with the idea of substitutions I  mind.

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White chocolate oatmeal crazin cookies. I made them with applesauce instead of butter. They didn’t brown the way I wanted them to,  but they were delicious nonetheless! And now I’ve found a new challenge. My goal is to bake something at least once a week that is not the absolute worst for you and still delicious.

Wish me luck and I’ll try to keep posting.  🙂