A decadent low carb brownie pie recipe for National Chocolate Day, with a press-in grain-free almond flour crust and a gooey brownie filling.
Today is National Chocolate Day, which makes it the absolutely best day to honour the life of Joan Hayes, the blogger behind Chocolate, Chocolate And More. Joan passed away unexpectedly last week from a heart attack, leaving behind a grieving family and three kids, CJ, Cassie, and Grace. She also left behind a grieving food blogging community. Because Joan was one of the good ones. One of the really, really good ones. One of the best ones. She was very successful, but no matter how big her blog or busy her life, she was always willing to share. She was generous with her time and her advice, she always tried to help other bloggers, and she never seemed to feel herself in competition with anyone else. She just did what she did and she did it well.
Last year, Joan’s daughter got hit by a car while on her way to school. At that time, I asked my followers and readers to send her their positive thoughts and wishes. Now I am asking you to send her daughter and her other children the same in this difficult time. But I am also asking you for more than that. See, Joan’s blog was her livelihood and it was how she supported her family. And she had made it clear to her family that in the event of her death, she wanted it to continue. So I am asking you to please click on the links to her blog. Head on over and check out her recipes. Check out a whole bunch. In fact, go back every day or every other day and check out more. There is certainly plenty to see. No, it’s not a low carb blog at all. But every view helps her ad revenue and thus helps her children. It’s not much to ask of anyone.
Joan and I never got to meet in person. We had several plans to do so, once at a conference before her daughter was hurt, and once again when we both happened to be in Florida for vacations. We made arrangements to meet up but we had to cancel them for some reason which I cannot recall. If I could have a do-over, I would absolutely have made a better effort to meet Joan in Florida. Because I know I would have loved her. In fact, I already did love her. She and I messaged frequently about blogging and about life and about chocolate. Especially about chocolate. We may have differed in our execution of chocolate desserts, but we both believed that chocolate is essential for a happy life. This much I know is true. #chocolateeverydamnday #chocolateforjoan
I can’t actually see what I am writing right now through the tears. I don’t get very personal in this space very often. But Joan was truly a shining star in the food blogging world and I was fortunate to know her in the small way that I did. I will miss her deeply.
So please, go grab yourself a piece of chocolate, whether it’s sugar-free or not. Raise it to your lips, savour it slowly, and think how lucky we are to have the lives and the loves we have. And I know Joan’s family would like for everyone to learn the signs and symptoms of heart attack in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America and the symptoms can be very different for those of men. Please familiarize yourself with these so you can recognize them in yourself or in loved ones. Symptoms of heart attack in women.
This recipe is modelled after Joan’s Easy Brownie Pie. Mine is perhaps not as easy and takes more steps. But it’s in the spirit of Joan and Joan’s recipes. Please check out her blog, time and again, to help continue her legacy and her support of her kids.
May chocolate be with you, Joan. We miss you.