Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Many Wonders of Beans

Yesterday I made Happy Herbivore's Vegan Black Bean Brownies and they turned out great! As a sequel to the Chickpea Blondies, I thought I'd try out her version! I remember finding a similar recipe on weightwatchers a few years ago, and failed miserably at making them. But HH's recipe were much much better (and healthier too! no white sugar, butter or white flour!). Here's what I made:

15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 ripe bananas
1/4 tsp stevia
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup quick oats
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Combine all ingredients, except oats, in a food processor
3. Blend until smooth, scrapping sides as needed
4. Stir in the oats
5. Pour into a pan lined with parchment paper
6. Bake approx 30 minutes, toothpick test
7. Let them cool, then slice up and enjoy!!
** Think of all the fun things you could add to this basic recipe: mint, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanut butter.....

Totally guilt-free, healthy dessert!!!!! High Protein, only naturally sweetened, high fiber and they taste GOOD!!!!! I swear!!!

My other brand new bean find: ceci!

Roasted Chickpeas as a snack! I was wandering around the North End [Boston's Little Italy] and saw these little guys and had to try. There were 4 different types to chose from- hard or soft-roasted and salted vs unsalted. I opted for the unsalted hard roasted. Great crunchy, savory high-protein/fiber snack! I am definitely making these at home!

I love finding new ways to eat/make some of my staple foods. Beans are just so versatile! Any one have more ideas for me to try??? Now I just need to work on making them look as appealing as they taste!!!!!

3 comments: said...

cute plate! glad you liked 'em and super glad to meet another person who thinks white sugar is crap! BAN on I say!

prettygreengirl said...

Those look delish! I'm gonna have to make them and not tell people they have beans and see what they think!

Saw this article earlier today for a week of white bean recipes!

Annabelle Ho said...

mmmm i just made my own version of these:
less stevia
added 1.5 tbsp brown rice syrup
carob instead of cocoa powder
lil mint extract
lil more banana+cinnamon+oats

apparently i wasted no time to make these after you told me about them, haha.

thanks for sharing!

also the roasted chickpeas were great! i need to get some of those...