Friday, 19 August 2011

The Lighter Side of Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownies that are less fattening.  Is it possible?  Can it be?  Do they really exist?  Yes, my friends  - it’s true!
I found this great little recipe in the Australian Institute of Sport’s cookbook ‘Survival for the Fittest’.  The cookbook was designed to help athletes stick to their strict nutritional requirements through fun and interesting recipes.
I like to add in white chocolate bits instead of walnuts, because Mr. D has a nut allergy.  I’m thinking of trying pepitas next time to give the brownies a lovely crunchy texture. 
So how did I come across this cookbook, you might be thinking, for I am hardly an elite athlete. It all started when I was approaching a birthday marking a certain significant decade. In a fit of madness and a desire to prove my youth and vitality would last forever, I signed up to a gruelling 8-week novice triathlon training program (including an introduction to the cookbook).
I never looked back.  While I soon discovered that I was no top triathlete (no surprises there!), I did build up a huge amount of confidence.  This set me on a path of crazy mountain biking endurance events and other adventures over the next few years.  I had so much fun, I even managed to pull in Mr D.  Now he’s an even bigger try-hard mountain biker than me J.
So, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.   Get out there, have fun and eat well.  Let these chocolate brownies show you the way.


  1. This is exactly what I need! I love recipes which are adapted to be healthier than the traditional versions.

    Good on you for challenging yourself in the 8 week program. WOW!

    I have started the exercising because of a rather large birthday last year but I am not sure if I could commit to something so grueling.

  2. Thanks Gourmet Getaways! Hope you reach your goals and have lots of fun along the way.

  3. That's fantastic-good on you and having confidence is what most of us hope for! :D

  4. Thanks Lorraine! Speaking of athletic pursuits, I enjoyed your post today about skiing at Thredbo!

  5. YUM!!! I will DEFINITELY have to add this recipe to my collection! 2 things I LOVE in one cookie!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. great post, I really like it. Thanks for posting. :)