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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Super Food Saturday- Healthy Brownies

I work hard at having a healthy diet most of the time.  I still have a fondness for sugar and it has been hard to completely give up sweets. So it is nice when I come across a recipe that lets me have a treat and is still pretty healthy. I adapted this recipe from one on Dr. Josh Axe's web site.

Healthy Brownies

1 avocado
4 eggs
1 ½ cup cooked sweet potato mashed
½ cup applesauce
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
½ cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
½ cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan with coconut oil.  In a bowl combine avocado, sweet potato, applesauce, honey and extract.  Once creamy add the cacao powder.  Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot flour and baking soda.  Combine both mixtures until smooth.  Transfer to the greased pan. Bake until done. Test by inserting a knife in the middle of the pan.  Will take about 40 minutes.

Allow the pan to cool for 15 minutes, then remove the brownies and allow to cool on a wire rack. When cool sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Super Foods Featured: Sweet Potato, Avocado


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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