My "cheat": Gluten-free bacon brownies; w/tallow and ghee
Just wanted to kind of share and maybe ask what you think of treat that I allow myself once in a while.
I get a premium gluten-free brownie mix; either from Whole Foods or the Red Mills mix.
The ingredients vary a bit, but are generally:
cane juice, cocoa, potato starch, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, xantham gum.
The stats vary a bit as well, but within a few grams:
Serving size: 1 brownie
Total carbs: 27g
Total sugar: 17g
Then I add two pastured eggs, some water and mix it all up.
Then I take two uncured pieces of bacon and mince it up really fine. Then I melt down some pastured tallow and pastured ghee, about 1/2 cup (1:3 ratio here). Mix it all up real well, make sure it is more liquid than you would normally expect and into the oven: 375 for about 35 minutes (this will cook longer than usual). Check on it, might actually take 45 minutes!
The end result is a chewy, NON crumbly, non-soft cake-like brownie with the occasional bacon surprise.
The carb/sugar content is obviously on the high side, but messing around with making my own brownies has never yielded much success, although I am sure a combination of organic dark chocolate/stevia these things can become far healthier.