Monday, February 3, 2014

I Am Thankful For Deep Dish Cookie Pie!!! (Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar Free)


It's the first Monday in February.  Once again we're in for a cold, dreary day.  If you're feeling a little down in the dumps, than this recipe should brighten your mood.  It is one of the most unhealthy/decadent tasting healthy desserts I have ever tried!  Honestly, it is so good.  This one isn't mine, though, but heck, I wish I came up with it!!

But before I get to the recipe, we'll talk weekend.  I know my Gratitude Challenge is over, but I have so many things I am thankful for.  First off, my foot.  Yes, my foot.  Friday morning after my workout in our home gym, I tripped over our BOSU ball.  I am the first one to admit I am a total klutz!  My foot rolled in a really not good way and it hurt like absolute hell.  I iced it and taped it and it seemed okay.  I took the girls to school, did some things around the house, and then took public transport to work.  At about 5pm, I was in a session with a client, and my foot started throbbing.  By the end of my last client session of the day, it was so painful, I couldn't put any weight on it.  I limped to the subway station and somehow made it home, but by the time I got in the door, I had to resort to crawling.  It was really freaky.  I knew it wasn't a fracture, but I was thinking I had sprained it so badly, I was going to need crutches. I started to think about how complicated that would make life.  Forget about just putting me out of commission from working out or teaching fitness classes, I was wondering how I would even get the kids to school!  I iced it and taped it up again and went to bed feeling pretty low. 

Miraculously, when I got up Saturday morning, it had improved so much that not only could I walk, but I was able to do a modified workout.  Sunday morning I was able to go to the gym, lift weights and teach my spinning class.  Its still definitely swollen and tender when I touch the affected area, but compared to Friday night, the improvement is incredible.  I am so thankful!!  Actually, one of the things I tell my clients that have trouble motivating themselves to be active, is that they should remember how lucky they are to have the ability to be active!  Really, its a gift.

I am thankful for our good friends we shared dinner with on Saturday night.  Adam and I have dinner with them about every 4-6 weeks, and our 4 kids all have fun playing together.  Our dinners have been a tradition from before any of us even had kids.  Its so nice, because we always have great fun.

I am thankful that, although he likes watching football, Adam isn't a big enough fan to have to insist on watching the Superbowl.  Yay!  I despise watching sports on TV.

I am also thankful that I discovered this dessert which I think could win over most of the healthy dessert haters I know.

Chocolate Covered Katie is probably one of the best known healthy dessert blogs on the Internet.   One of her most popular recipes is her Deep Dish Cookie Pie, and I have been dying to try it out like forever.  I am thrilled to say I finally got around to it and it was a hit with everyone.

Follow the link to her site to find the recipe.  The only substitutions I made were using coconut sugar in place of brown sugar, and my homemade vegan and sugar-free milk chocolate chunks in place of regular chocolate chips.  You know, with beans and oats in this, I'm thinking it could be considered healthy enough to eat for dinner!

I cut the piece in the photo below when it was still warm, which is why it's so gooey.  Once it cooled, it actually firmed up quite a bit, which is how I like it.

Honestly, give the recipe a try, I am sure you won't be disappointed.  Everyone in this house loved it.  I am definitely going to be making it again.

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