Flourless Black Bean Brownie

Katt, you inspired this. You made black bean brownies early in this blog, but did not go into much detail about it. I was intrigued, and became even more motivated when I discovered that it will not only taste just like a moist rich brownie, but that it would not need flour. Seeing that I have been obsessed with desserts lately, this is the perfect recipe for me: lots of omega 3 and antioxidants for the babe.

As always I added some of my own twists to make it extra special and unique from the other recipes out there. For one, I added some brewed coffee instead of water to liquify the mixture. Coffee and cinnamon make chocolate taste richer, and you can add in in small amounts to just accent the cocoa flavor.

Ingredients:

  • one 15 oz can of black beans – rinse and drain
  • A few tablespoons of crushed flax seed
  • A few tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a couple splashes of coffee to moisten mixture
  • Dash or two of cinnamon
  • Walnuts to taste
  • 1 egg (optional – flax is a replacement if you blend it )
Black beans rinsed. Mixture of coconut oil, flax seed and beans in my food processor.

Black beans rinsed. Mixture of coconut oil, flax seed and beans in my food processor.

Rinse and drain beans, put them in the food processor. Add vanilla, sugar, coconut oil, flax, coffee and cocoa. I know, it is a lot, but my processor could take it. Blend til mixed. Don’t forget the egg (optional with the flax), salt and baking powder. This will fluff it up.

flaxseed

If you want the vegan version of this brownie check out how to make  a flax egg here:

http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/egg-replacers/flax-seed-egg-replacer

the mixture on the right. Should not be as thick as frosting - maybe just a bit moister. On the right, in the pan and ready to go with walnuts on top. You can add semi sweet chips too.

the mixture on the right. Should not be as thick as frosting – maybe just a bit moister. On the right, in the pan and ready to go with walnuts on top. You can add semi sweet chips too.

Spread mixture into a 9″ pie pan and sprinkle on nuts. I pressed them into the batter slightly. Place in the oven about mid height for 20-25 min on 350. let set afterwards for 30 min. It will be super moist, so serve gently. Yum!

browni

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Apple Stuffed Pork loin

Cooking a beautiful seasonal meal puts me in the holiday spirit. I need the simple pleasures of peeling apples, chopping onions and sauteing in bubbling pats of golden butter stirred thoughtfully around the pan, during the quite of the day, for my own sanity in this chaotic world. I look forward to the smile I’ll receive when I present the meal. For tonight is a pork loin I’ve butterflied and stuffed with an apple, onion, cranberry and walnut stuffing seasoned with sage and thyme. Acorn squash split open is filled with the remaining stuffing to bake alongside in the roasting pan. Tying the rolled up meat with twine as a sailor would tye a line around the main to batten it down for a storm, then dusting with salt and colorful pepper flakes.

Pear Pancakes

peeled pears
I can hear you now…. Pancakes?!! Pancakes?!!!! You shouldn’t be eating PANCAKES!

I had a late night sweet tooth going. I wanted a quick desert to satisfy and I came up with this genius idea which I’m quite proud of. It’s a good camping/boat dessert cause it’s easy like that.

  • Peel Pears and remove core from tops and bottoms with peeler.
  • Slice full length of pears for long 1/4″ thick slices. Place in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and toss with hands to coat evenly.
  • Place pat of butter in saute pan. Saute pears on both sides until they soften.

sauteed pears

  • Make up a batch of your preferred Pancake Mix. I used Krusteaz Buttermilk mix – 1 cup mix and 3/4 cup water was more then needed.
  • Place sauteed pears back in bowl and drop them with a fork into batter. Coat both sides and drop back into saute pan.

pear pancakes
What you get is a warm soft seasoned pear encased in a thin layer of pancake. More pear then pancake, pancakes. Apples would also work nicely with this recipe. You can eat as is, or of course be extra indulgent and top with walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Yeah, go for it. You know you want to.

pear cakes