I have Zayn Malik’s new song PILLOWTALK on repeat. Like for real – It’s good. Not the actual content of the song, but his dreamy dreamy voice and the song is catchy or something…no really it’s just his voice. Although, I can’t bring myself to enjoy the music video, it’s just Gigi Hadid in yet another music video, and…another guy having his hot model girlfriend in his music video. C’mon the shits not original, get it together boys.
Also! I am what you call a “Mixer” which is a Little Mix fan girl. Yes I like to act like I am 12 and listen to awesome girl-pop music.
So if you know ANY One Direction and Little Mix history, Perrie Edwards from Little Mix was engaged to Zayn Malik from One Direction. That relationship ended bad last year a little while after he left One Direction…ohhhh DRAMA! I am obviously team Perrie, Girl Power! Oh my god, listen to me – am I in middle school? Should I be pinning a poster of Harry Styles above my bed? On a serious note: I did have a poster of Billy Joe Armstrong above my bed in high school.
Just click the Pillowtalk link way up above and listen to the song, watch the video if you want. But the song is smooth and caaatchy. dangit.
…we were here because I was going to tell you about some weird brownies I made though right?
I know you remember those delicious Cosmic Brownies by Little Debbie. Chocolate Fudgy little squares with tiny multi colored candy coated chocolate chips. I think they are my favorite Little Debbie treat, no second favorite. Star Crunch(es?) are my favorite. Damn those things are delicious.
I just love creating something healthy (at least healthier) compared to the original, especially when it comes to sweets. Brownies are typically packed with sugar, eggs, butter and all kinds of other toppings and swirls. They are one of those sweets you can do anything with; brownies are like a super scrumptious blank canvas.
So why not start with a healthier blank canvas? I am a huge fan of the black bean brownie. They are typically flourless which is nice for all you gluten-intolerant people out there. I used melted coconut oil in place of butter, and maple syrup or agave instead of refined granulated sugar. A dash of decaf instant coffee here, a helping of shredded coconut there, we have all the goods in here.
First thing is first with these, almost everything is put into a food processor or blender and processed until smooth, you then add the coconut (or chopped nuts and chocolate chips, because you can always add more goodies) and pulse a couple times to combine into the batter. You then pour the batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan, top the brownies off with little candies, I used chocolate coated sunflower seeds – then slide the pan into a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. You can get these brownies prepped, into the oven and out cooling in less than 45 minutes. Bam!
In case you were wondering about all the stuff going on underneath the brownies, this past weeks Illustration Friday’s topic was “Orbit”. This is how I brainstorming — somehow I managed to draw lipstick, avocados flying through space and a grocery list.
In the end I baked a pan of Cosmic Brownies, sooo I think that counts as a success?
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