When I started writing this blog and recipe, I was looking in my Passion Planner
and the quote for the week. The Chinese proverb stated, “Trial often exhibits truly wonderful results.” This could not have been more accurate for this past weekend.
For current followers, you know about my boyfriend David. To all my new visitors, he is an athlete in men’s classic physique bodybuilding. This weekend, he had a local show and the pressure was on. Last year, he won overall athlete. This year, it was his goal to come to this show with a bigger, fuller, leaner physique. This is only a stepping stone to bigger goals in his bodybuilding career.
Day of show, he needed to get his tan touched up and we had to leave the venue. We learned a valuable lesson. No matter what the consequences could have been, know that factors can change unexpectedly and affect your end result. Because of challenges, our patience and understanding is challenged. You are stronger than you think.
David placed second. And although we had a few tough moments of misunderstanding, we became stronger together through the process. It was a rewarding day. David received positive feedback from supporters and the judges. As you can see below, he created art in his posing routine.
My art to contribute that day was this Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Cake. When you are dieting for 8-months straight, most people have intense cravings. David is not usually a chocolate fan but he loves cookie dough. I have been incorporating Kodiak Powercakes and Flapjack Waffle Mix
in a lot of recipes lately to see how they turn out for a higher protein content product. Dark chocolate is my favorite. This recipe turned out well and actually reminded me a lot of chocolate brownies that my mom used to make for me growing up.
I baked the single pan of brownie in a cake pan, then cut in half and split down the middle to make four separate layers. While it cooled, I created the cookie dough filling. This was a Greek yogurt cream cheese base. If you have never tried it, I have only ever been able to find this Green Moutain Farms brand at Walmart
and it’s fairly inexpensive. It is also half the fats and double the proteins of regular cream cheese.
The frosting was fairly thick but I froze it overnight and took to the show next day. It held together very well. Each layer and the outside was packed with mini chocolate chips. I did not use sugar free for this recipe but that would be a good alternative for those wanting a low sugar/sugar free alternative.
This cake was dense. David enjoyed it and he (with help) was able to finish it in a few days. If you are looking for a tasty cake idea, make this one today! Even if you have a few mishaps or changes in your plan, you are stronger than you think.
Strong Sweet Caroline Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Cake
Servings: 10-12 small squares
- 2 cups Kodiak Power Cakes Chocolate
- 2 Tbsp granulated Stevia
- 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 bag mini chocolate chips
- 2 containers Greek cream cheese (link above for one used)
- 1/3-1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cake pan or baking pan.
- In large bowl, mix Kodiak Power Cakes and Stevia.
- In separate bowl, beat two eggs. Add oil and almond milk until thoroughly combined.
- Pour liquid mix into larger bowl with dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Will be a bit lumpy.
- Pour into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out mostly clean. I always like my brownies a little less done in the middle.
- While that is bake, use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese, honey and vanilla until smooth. Place in fridge while brownie bakes and cools.
- Next, cut brownie into four squares. I cut in half and then sliced down the middle.
- Place one slice on a plate, cake stand or storage container. Spread approximately 1/2 cup of frosting onto it. Layer chocolate chips.
- Repeat step 8 with the last three slices of brownie.
- Cover entire brownie cake in remaining cream cheese frosting and pat on chocolate chips. Optional: melt some remaining chocolate chips in the microwave and pour over the top.
- Refrigerate until eating. As mentioned, I placed in the freezer overnight and it turned out great by 11:00pm the next night!
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