Road Trip Picnic Part 3: Sweet Chili Walnut Brownies(Vegan & GF)
Welcome back to part 3 of this road trip picnic adventure. This week I'll be sharing another road trip recipe as well as discuss creativity in the kitchen and how a tiny perception shift can make all the peaceful difference.
Food is an artful blessing that surrounded's us everyday. The sight of a beautiful culinary scene, the smell that elicits a colorful reaction, the melodic resonance of a sizzle, the taste that transcends time, and the tactile sensation of texture. It creatively nourishes our senses. But one of things I hear so many people talk about is their overwhelming sense of preparing food. I'd blame the panic induced posture one feels by a casual stroll into the grocery store as the culprit but the reality is it goes much deeper. There's a core belief that's different for everyone in how it plays out on the surface but that belief is fed by the same underground river. Fear. This perception then bleeds into other areas of life halting most people from connecting with their true potential. For me it was fear of not knowing how to use combination of ingredients as if there were a definitive rule book that stated such a thing. Not to mention the plethora of choices available. Yes there are plenty of amazing cookbooks and how to's out there but I didn't feel sophisticated amongst the labyrinth of cultural cuisine. We're all brought into this world with a sense of survival and the need to eat is pretty high on that list but after years spent watching food shows I seriously thought only "those" people or chefs in restaurants were worthy of true creation in the kitchen. I was wrong. The reality is we're ALL creative and that culinary beauty lies in the mouth of the consumer. If we're showing up with a curious heart every morsel is exquisite. I truly believe the overwhelm comes from trying to be too culinary efficient instead of just being in the moment one ingredient at a time. And I have found that this shift in perception has not only helped myself and others find creative joy in the kitchen but has also been the catalyst of new paths leading to other areas of creative freedom.
Fast track many years later and I'm now visually creating things I never allowed possible. I woke up to my creative truth. We all have vast compartments of untapped treasures but the protective shroud we surround ourselves with keeps us from them. And it's not about conquering or digging to unearth their potential but gently allowing them into existence. How??? One step at a time. Each step cements a confident outlook that eventually starts dissolving the shroud leaving us with a burning desire to be free. This desire expands to reveal our truths. And the result of such an event gifts us with a bandwagon full of creative expression. Everyday is another chance to go on this journey. And it's a journey of a lifetime. You won't happen upon all your treasures at once but each one gathered will bring you closer to your intended soul alignment. I'm reminded of a passage in Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic where she speaks lovingly about one of her heroes Jack Gilbert and the advice he extended to a former student. Upon asking what she wanted to do with her life, the student replied "that perhaps she wanted to be a writer". He then smiled at her with "infinite compassion" and asked, "Do you have the courage? Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes".
Stay tuned for the creative finale...Part 4 of this Road Trip Adventure. If you're just now catching this series click link below to read Part 1 & Part 2.
So now let's get started with this weeks food story adventure. And as always, Grateful for coming along. Check out the video of the complete process below then continue on to follow Road Trip Picnic Part 3:)
Here's what you'll need to get started...
Sweet Chili Walnut Brownies(Vegan & GF)
3 Flax Eggs(3 tbsp flax meal/9 tbsp water)
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
2 tsp Sriracha
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
3/4 chopped Walnuts
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 cup Oat Flour
1/4 cup Teff Flour
1/4 Sweet Sorghum Flour
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
Start by making your Flax Eggs. Add 3 tbsp of Flax Meal to a large mixing bowl with 9 tbsp of Water. Whisk together. To this add both bananas and with a fork mash everything together. The consistency will be a little chunky. Now add in the Coconut Oil, Sweet Chili Sauce, Sriracha, Maple Syrup, Walnuts, Vanilla Extract, and Almond Extract. Give it a good turn to incorporate all ingredients. Set aside. In a separate mixing bowl place all dry ingredients and stir together till combined. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently incorporate the two.
Place Brownie Batter in a 9 x 9 square prepared baking pan.
And bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and brush top with remaining 1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce and sprinkle with Chili Flakes.
Place back in oven for 5 more minutes. Then remove and let cool completely before cutting.
Now you're ready to enjoy. Top off with a little extra Sweet Chili Sauce if you like and Enjoy:)