Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Sound gross? Much like I felt when I believed that the Tea Party was just a fun thing you did with your 5-year-old friends and not a scary political party I WAS WRONG. YOU NEED TO TRY THESE IMMEDIATELY. It's one of those things that you say to yourself "that sounds so disgusting, yet someone was crazy enough to try it it er go it MUST be DELICIOUS." Like Peanut butter on hamburgers (yup. I've eaten it and it's amazing-thank you Grandpa). Bacon maple donut bars (all pre-vegetarian days of course). Tomatoes. You know. As a skeptic myself, I decided I needed to give these a try immediately. If I love two things in this world you can be sure that those things include baked goods and fiber. OK well they wouldn't be my TOP two--they would fall behind goldadoodles, bike riding, good chapstick, Seattle, Darren Criss and caffeinated beverages. But still, both VERY significant in my life. And one would assume that these two things cannot go hand and hand. How can something SO delicious and sweet ALSO be SO nutritious? Well, my friends, I've found the solution to satisfying your sweet tooth as well as regulating your B.M.s and helping your heart out (and most Americans don't get enough fiber in their diet anyways!). It's pretty much like taking two super awesome but seemingly contradictory things and mashing them together to make one super something--sort of like if Jon Bon Jovi and Tina Fey had a love child that they named Feminism and she wore a ring that could produce cupcakes on command (Captain Planet Style) while also singing and dancing to Glee-esque showtunes. Yes, Black Bean Brownies are THAT awesome.
Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Makes 16 Servings
This recipe has been so popular that we decided to feature it in our new family cookbook, No Whine with Dinner. We hope you enjoy the brownies … and our cookbook!
- One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed very well
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Place the black beans in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peppermint extract as desired, baking powder, and salt and process until smooth. Add ¼ cup of the chips and pulse a few times until the chips are incorporated.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with a rubber spatula, and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.
4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before slicing into 2-inch squares.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Rachel demonstrating. Basically to make these I made buttermilk pancakes (I made them with whole wheat so they were "healthy" which means you can eat twice as many...right? Right.). Then I looked up a cinnamon roll recipe and made the insides to a cinnamon roll (brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon--I just sort of added whatever amounts until the consistency came out right. I felt so Rachel Ray because you know "real" chefs don't measure anything...). Then I made a cream cheese frosting out of (gasp!) cream cheese (you guessed it!!! YOU'RE SO SMART!), almond milk (because that's all we had), goo gobs of powdered sugar (try to quantify THAT amount), and vanilla. All of these ingredients equaled MAGIC. Which leads me to my next delicious treat (can you tell I like sweets?!):
Though Coca Cola generally freaks me out because it is basically a bunch of chemicals packaged as a beverage (and always makes me burp a lot) and it can be used to clean car batteries and remove the enamel from teeth, it turns out that it is DELICIOUS when packaged as a cake. My boss really likes Coke (the BEVERAGE, not the illegal drug people!) and so I wanted to make something for her birthday that honored her. I put Twizzlers and white chocolate chips on top to display Coke's colors. Rachel suggested powdered sugar for various reasons, but I resisted the urge. I DID measure ingredients for this one--Here's the RECIPE. I added a lot of flour to my frosting because I didn't like how thin it was. The result was ah-maze-ING!
GROSS right? But I loved the material because it's SO Brittany (she loves nautical stuff). I felt like I was doing a service to humanity by taking it off the rack, because no one should EVER be seen wearing this. Stacey and Clinton would immediately rip this off someone's rack and throw it in the garbage on What Not to Wear with an "OH MY GOD WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!" Best part: It cost me $2. The lining was a yellow skirt I found for $2. I used the little red tassles for ties in the middle of the bag at the opening. And THIS is the product--a perfect summer bag to tote around town!
Her birthday card was a card inspired by Pinterest. Simple yet wonderful--we're both from Boise, so I thought I'd honor The Gem State:
Cute huh?! I don't care if you agree. I think it's AWESOME. I did the same thing and made a bag for my coworker Tai:
Did you like how I snuck my Bon Jovi poster in there? Did ya? Did ya? I didn't plan that. But it worked out nicely. THIS was the result. The second dress was used as the lining of the bag and was a nice blue velvet. When I see this bag I want to sing "BABY YOU'RE A FIRE-WOOORRRRRKKKKK" only I don't because I HATE that song because they way over play it and I get angry every time I hear it. But it's just so damn catchy. Anyways, this is a perfect 4th of July bag, don't you think? Or one to take to the Farmer's Market in the summer?!