Living Balanced, Living Well Cookbook

As I’ve said before, I’m no baker!  So when a cookbook comes along with a recipe that looks easy enough for a hot mess such as me to tackle, I give it a go!  And that’s one of many reasons I love the Living Balanced, Living Well Cookbook.

Living Balanced, Living Well

Healthy by Choice: Living Balanced, Living Well“, was written by Jessica Kellaway, who is a Hampton Roads Mom and owner of HBC Organics, which is a skincare company that produces all organic soaps, lotions and scrubs.

Jessica is a nutritionist and a member of the health and wellness community, so every item in her cookbook is nutritional for you and your family.  Jessica also provides tips in the beginning of HBC Organics Cookbook on how to shop for organic fruits and vegetables and meat.

There’s also a great deal of variety to the recipes in the Living Balanced, Living Well Cookbook, with recipes tailored for vegans and vegetarians.  And if you follow a Paleo or low-carb lifestyle, Jessica’s Nut ‘n’ Seed bread is a MUST.

As a nursing mama, my attention was immediately drawn to the recipe for Lactation Brownies.  These heavenly brownies were so easy to make, so delicious, and used ingredients such as cashew butter and coconut palm sugar, so I didn’t feel as guilty when I ate the entire pan!

And if you’re not a nursing mama, have no fear!  Just leave out the fenugreek and brewer’s yeast from the recipe.

The Lactation Brownies were just seven simple steps, and all of the ingredients could easily be found at Kroger.

Brownie Recipe

For the brownies, you will need:

1 cup of Coconut Palm Sugar
1/3 cup of Cacao or Dark Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup of Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp of Fenugreek (optional)
3 Tbsp Brewer’s Yeast (optional)
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla


Put all of the wet ingredients in one bowl and all of the dry in another.

I put the wet ingredients in my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, and mixed the dry ingredients in a different bowl so that I could just use my mixer to combine the two instead of stirring myself.

Line an 8×8 pan with natural parchment paper and then pour the batter into the pan.

Bake for 20-23 minutes.  I did mine for 20 since I prefer my brownies more fudge-like.  Once you remove from oven, allow brownies to cool completley before frosting.

Frosting Recipe

Now, the frosting is optional, but it’s so delicious, I strongly suggest you make it!  And it’s so easy to whip up.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine:

1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk
2 Tbsp Smooth Cashew Butter
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Stir until smooth, and then pour over brownies.  Place brownies in fridge for 30-60 minutes to allow frosting to solidify.

Delicious Brownies!
Review of Lactation Brownies

Seriously, these brownies were so amazing and you absolutely have to try them!  I’m actually whipping up a second batch today during nap time since the first batch went so quickly!

If you would like to buy the Living Balanced, Living Well Cookbook, you can purchase it here!

And be sure to follow Jessica on Instagram, her blog and Facebook!

Note: This post is sponsored by Jessica Kellaway. However, we would not promote or work with a business we did not believe to be reputable or relevant to our readers.
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