Pop Quiz: What’s better than a fudgy brownie? If you answered caramel bacon brownies, you just earned a gold star! You’re going to love this dessert recipe… trust me!
If you’ve been hanging around my virtual kitchen for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention that I’ve challenged myself to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday. Project #FitBy50 began this past May, but since suffering a sprained foot 3 weeks into the challenge, I’ve been unable to do any weight bearing exercise. I’ve lost a little bit of weight, but not nearly enough to comfortably assure that I’ll be a thinner, more gorgeous girl by January 30th. I continue to press on, exercising how and when I can. If I don’t achieve my weight loss goal by my birthday, I’ll be disappointed, but I’ll also be proud that I gave the challenge my best efforts.
I’ve been monitoring my daily consumption of carbohydrates, especially refined sugars and unhealthy, processed grains, which has helped a LOT. I was worried that I’d feel deprived without my bread and pasta, but then I remembered that bacon doesn’t have ANY carbohydrates. Awesome news for this carboholic, bacon lover!
Bacon is high in fat, so it’s important to eat it in moderation, but let’s get real… when have I ever eaten bacon in moderation? Besides, if I’m giving up cheddar biscuits, I need a comfort food fix, and bacon is my
gateway drug food of choice. Remember the golden dieter’s rule, though… All things in moderation.
That means I can have a splurge worthy dessert now and then. Enter stage left, caramel covered bacon!
Please don’t even pretend you aren’t ready to run to your kitchen and start crisping up bacon right now. Even if you’re not a bacon freak like I am, how can you possibly resist salty, crispy bacon? *swoon*
I could be completely happy chowing down on caramel covered bacon alone, but if I’m going to splurge, I thought I think it’s important to make it worth the exercise effort. So, enter stage right, CARAMEL BACON BROWNIES!
Crispy, salty, caramel covered bacon, swirled throughout chewy brownies. Can you stand it?! I’m a bit impressed with myself for dreaming this recipe up.
Because I started working full time in a restaurant last week, my kitchen time at home has been cut drastically, so I took a short cut and used a boxed brownie mix when I made these. If you have a favorite scratch brownie recipe, by all means, use it. If you need a recipe, check out my recipe for peanut butter brownies with chocolate ganache frosting. The same goes for the caramel sauce. I make my own because it doesn’t take very long and it’s SO good, but jarred caramel sauce will work just fine, too.
Never let it be said that I don’t know how to party bacon style.
I’m bacon sexy and I know it.
Enjoy these bacon brownies!