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Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt

Remember my last post when I made those yummy chocolate mousse cups with the liquid from a can of chickpeas?  Well, I saved the chickpeas and made these vegan, gluten-free and healthy chickpea blondies.  You might think I’m switching to a vegan or gluten-free diet?  No I’m not, I’m just trying to make some healthy desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth without the loaded calories.  I think I can safely say, I succeeded.  They are fudgy, chocolatey and oh so moist.

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Three years and counting – Happy Blogiversary to me!

Yeah, three cheers for me!!  I was just notified that Safari of the Mind turned 3 a couple weeks ago.  Wow, how did that happen so quickly?  I’m pretty chuffed with myself as I did not think it would last this long.  I can still remember the very first post on the site.  We had just returned from a 3 week trip to Brazil, I had taken a ton of pictures like every tourist does, together with some notes on the various places visited.  So the light bulb went on, maybe I could start a blog?  I wanted one of the categories on the blog to feature travel, the other gardening, and probably the most popular one today is, cooking!   So how did it all come about?  Why a blog?  Why those 3 different categories?

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Chocolate Loaf Cake

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night?  I must admit, I don’t really watch shows with commercial breaks, so I just watched bits and bobs of the Red Carpet, where my daughter and I were exchanging texts about everything, good, bad and ugly. 🙂  I’m sure glad I watched the beginning though.  What about Justin Timberlake’s opening and his grand entrance?  Gee, that guy can strut his stuff can’t he?   An amazing dancer and singer, he had everyone in the aisle shaking, slinking and clapping to the music.  Such a stunning performance!  What a gaffe later on though, with the Best Picture Award? I mean seriously how could a mistake like that occur?  But we aren’t going to dwell on that, but onto other events like baking this wonderful Chocolate Loaf Cake.

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Flourless chocolate torte

So it must seem a bit hypocritical that I post pictures of this luscious dessert after preaching about heart healthy foods last week don’t you think?  Yes, for the most part we still concentrate on keeping our tickers in check, but every so often these indulgences take over and there’s no stopping me.  In my defense though I’ll have to say that some of these calorie laden desserts mostly surface in my kitchen when I am entertaining or in this case, we were invited to dinner, and I offered to bring dessert.

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Berry Pudding Cake

Berry Pudding Cake  is a quick and simple cake that makes delicious use of fresh summer berries.  When berries were plentiful in the summertime, I baked this tender cake over sweet berries, creating a juicy, cobbler-like dessert.  Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries were mixed in a light pudding batter and baked. 

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