guest blogger – a trick of a dessert

As long as I’ve known my dear friend Erin, she has struggled with, what she calls, an addiction to sugar. Mind you, she’s the size of a pin, so it’s not weight that is her challenge, but rather the dependence on cookies, ice cream and candy. I remember a perhaps not fully sober night, when a group of us walked to the local Plaid Pantry (for those of you from Oregon, you know all about “The Plaid”). Erin made a beeline for a large package of Bit ‘O Honey candy and proceeded to go on and on about how it was the best-tasting candy she had ever had and how she loved it so much. Yes, Erin loves sugar. 

On a recent visit to Bend, Oregon where Erin now resides with her husband and two little boys, she was excited to tell me about a book she had recently ordered called I Quit Sugar. Yes, Erin still loves sugar.

Erin is a talented home cook and is constantly trying new recipes. A few months ago she mentioned a brownie recipe that we  would need to make together when I come up to visit. This brownie is a complete trick on the taste buds. No refined sugar and avocado in the frosting!?! It’s unbelievably satisfying, super easy, and best of all, no sugar.

Here is my sugar-loving friend’s story and recipe. Enjoy!

Guest Blogger Erin Collins 

I was born with a sweet tooth and sometimes, (ok-often), try to deny that. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I have tried to quit sugar at least 10 times a year for the last 10 years. He has never tried to quit sugar. Or meat and potatoes.

We are not trying to be vegan or raw. Yet I share with you a delicious raw chocolate brownie recipe that I had recently.

Now, perhaps these were delicious because I had them as a “treat” after a seven-day detox that was capped by a two-hour yoga class. I do know that I ate one bite that day and decided to go home and make an entire pan to devour in short order.

For the paleo-crazed out there, these fit the bill. For vegans, they are pure animal-free indulgence. For parents of picky eaters, a way to sneak in some sugar-free nutrition.

So, don’t bother heating the oven and get ready for some raw chocolate love.


Raw Chocolate Brownies

For the brownie:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup dates
1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder

For the frosting:
2 avocados
1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
Dash of cinnamon


1. Food process the brownie ingredients until blended and dry chunky…it should look like potting soil.

2. With the back of a spoon, press into a small pan. No need to grease the pan. (9×9 works well!)

1. Put all icing ingredients into a blender, and blend on high until smooth.

2. Spread icing over brownies and place in freezer to set for 1 hour.

3. Enjoy!



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