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Chocolaty Goodness

Should chocolate and fiber occupy the same space?

I’m not talking about the naturally occurring fiber in dark chocolate – that’s a bonus. I’m trying to figure out if I should continue with my efforts to make a muffin containing chocolate that is also healthy. More importantly, can I expect it taste good?

This time of year finds me spending much more time indoors. I like to cook so I start playing in the kitchen. I tweak traditional American favorites in ways to make them savory and healthy.

Sometimes I pour over recipe books, not to find one to follow, but to give me ideas. I never was one who liked to follow a recipe. I look at them more as reference guides. Even the recipes that I create and post on the blog are ones that I wing along the way. I simply keep a note pad nearby to track things as I go.

Having a fairly good awareness of nutrition, I can generally create a soup, entrée or side dish that is pretty good. But sweet treats continue to haunt me. I vacillate between whether or not it is even a good idea to try to make desserts nutritious or simply indulge on occasion; however, if I could develop some good desserts that were also wholesome, perhaps I could partake a little more frequently.

Over the weekend, I experimented around with creating a chocolate muffin. My first attempt was actually pretty good, but I got a little carried away with the taste tests. I need tasters who can give me reliable feedback.

The problem arises in the fact that I take a lot of pride in my cooking and I don’t want people trying stuff that might really be awful. I can’t trust my judgement. After all, I’m the one who decided it would be a good idea to combine chocolate and bran.

I don’t have a problem throwing out the completely skanky disasters, but what causes grief are those items that are just O.K. Should I save them or toss them? I dream of creating a tasty morsel as good as one found in a bakery. I would love it if no one could tell it was even healthy. I may be out of touch with reality; perhaps limiting my sugar intake clouded my brain.

I can’t depend on my family for reliable feedback either because if they see me eating anything, they immediately deduce it must be diet food. How am I going to get past all this? The dog can’t eat chocolate, and besides she can’t be trusted since she has been known to eat her own poo.

I think one of the reasons I become a little over zealous with tasting the sweet goodies is that I justify it by telling myself they are healthy. That’s all fine and good unless I end up consuming twice the calories as the real thing would have offered. It is of little consequence that my digestive tract is in better shape than had I simply eaten the carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

I’m not sure what the answer is. I think I might need to continue the muffin experiment because I’m off to a pretty good start. Part of me just wants to keep going just to see if it can be done.

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