Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites
Flourless. Gluten Free. YUM.
My son and I visited Kripalu last week. Nestled in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains, Kripalu is a world-renowned yoga and retreat center. It was my first visit and Clark’s second. Besides heading there for R&R, Clark would be reuniting with a friend he’d made there last summer who was also traveling with her mother.
Our time at Kripalu was quiet and calm, soothing—for us both. Clark’s been working hard and needed a break. I needed a place that would give me the space to focus on healing from my mother’s recent death. Days at Kripalu begin with gentle yoga classes and silent breakfasts. There were options for more yoga throughout the day and early evening, classes on self-actualization, guided hikes, a labyrinth walk—or private places to simply sit with a novel in the middle of the day. We were well nurtured and well fed. Based on local, and seasonal ingredients, every meal was phenomenal. Fortunate to be there during the height of their fall foliage season, it was an enchanting few days, and we both came home changed for the better.
While I was there, I noticed that I was feeling stronger than I had in quite a long time and willing to take risks with new classes and new movements. In mid-September I signed on to work with a personal trainer at UVAC. Kathleen has been guiding me through workouts aimed at getting stronger throughout my body but specifically addressing ways to ease the pain I’ve felt ever since I was diagnosed with hip arthritis about a year ago. There was a particular moment during our guided hike, where I realized I wasn’t in pain and wasn’t feeling tentative about my next movements. It’s as if everything Kathleen and I had been doing came together at once. Elation followed.
These Triple Chocolate Brownie Recovery Bites were inspired both by a moist dark chocolate brownie we were served at Kripalu, and by Kathleen who encourages me to drink chocolate milk right after a workout to recover. Flourless and gluten-free, these brownies are made with roasted pine nuts to give them structure and a smoky flavor. I added a bit of pomegranate molasses for extra sweetness and powdered bone broth or skimmed milk for nutrition. An alternative to chocolate milk, these bites are rich and moist. Heavenly on their own, try them with a cold glass of milk soon after they come out of the oven. Elation will follow.
I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.