Chocolate Chip Brownies & Our January 

We started of January with little s having a bad infection in her lymphoedema arm, she had only just been fitted with her compression glove… Which she loves!…  And we noticed the redness and a small blister one morning, under her fingers on her palm. It is really important that we get anything like this seen immediately so that she can start on antibiotics straight away, any cut or trauma to her arm or hand can cause an infection, this particular one we had no idea what caused it, the blister and redness grew throughout the day, then popped the next day so we had to keep it covered so that nothing else could get in there, that was fun! 😄 She had what is called cellulitis, which is common for someone with lymphoedema, 14 days of antibiotics or sometimes more is needed. These infections happen because lymph carries out all the bad stuff so she has all this bad stuff collecting in her arm, it moves out slowly when we massage, or when as she wears her glove, but we can only get a bit of it moving.  A week later at the top of her arm she developed something that looked like a bruise only it was dark red, with her having eczema she scratches and she had been scratching as it was a usual dry spot but the GP said it didn’t look like eczema related or an infection so he had no idea what it was but they always check for anything that could be dangerous first and she goes for regular checkups until it’s clear. The infection and blister on her hand has now gone and healed, we used her eczema cream and it healed up in no time, the top of her arm is still healing and beginning to have a yellow colour around one edge so I suspect it was some kind of trauma to her shoulder plus the eczema and itching. This is just one of the things we will get used to and as she grows she will too. Now onto cake…

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This is our go to recipe for dessert if we feel like some cake! It’s quick and goes with custard, ice cream or just on it own, I’m sure that cacao can be substituted for the dark chocolate I’m just not sure how to do that yet, I have used all kinds of different dark chocolate and even tried it just using 200g of the chocolate chips, we buy a big bag from Costco and it lasts us a while, so when our budget is particularly tight I just use those. We love it the kids love it and one of our nephews came round recently and we got his seal of approval too 🙂 we can’t taste the coconut oil in it but if your not used to it then apparently you can which makes them more yummy…. If you like coconut 🙂

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200g dark chocolate

230g Coconut oil

1/2 cup Brown sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/3 cup organic plain flour

1/2 cup milk/or non- dairy substitute

2 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup semi sweet dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c

Melt chocolate and coconut oil on a low heat

Add brown sugar and cool slightly

Add eggs and whisk

Add the rest of the ingredients mixing each time

Pour into a greased baking dish. I use a square stone ware dish to bake them in but you could use anything you want depending on how thick you want them, they about double in size when cooked.

Bake for approx 30-40 mins depending on thickness, check with a toothpick and it should come out clean and the top should be firm not wobbly.

Serve and enjoy warm or cold. 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Brownies & Our January 

    1. Yes the redness has all gone now, she has a really small patch on her other arm now, but its not dry and she doesnt have lymphoedema in that arm so it must be something else, finding someone who knows what it is, is the problem!

  1. I hope little s is ok now? This recipe looks great and funnily enough we were going to do some baking this afternoon. X

    1. She is thank you, the big rash or whatever it was has gone, she seems to have a really small one on her opposite arm so its neither eczema or her lymphoedema, but something else so its back to the GP for that, even though they dont know what it is, i want them to find out!

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