Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PB2 Flourless Brownies

Recipe and Photo from Skinnytaste

Another healthier option for brownies.  I didn't like these as much, but the kids liked them, and they are a cake-y brownie as opposed to the fudge-y black bean brownies.

Ingredients:
  • cooking spray
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup PB2 (I couldn't find the plain PB2 so I got the one with chocolate- it's in the peanut butter aisle, a powdered peanut butter- see original recipe for photos)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (my batter was super runny so I may add less next time)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (I used agave instead)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a nonstick 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Beat the egg and egg white in a small bowl with a whisk. In a large bowl combine the PB2, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and mix well with a spatula. Add the egg and egg whites and stir. Add water, honey, vanilla and stir with a spatula until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake about 30 minutes.

**when I added the eggs, it got super clumpy, and I couldn't mix out the clumps even after adding the water so I had to beat the batter with my electric mixer.  It was super runny- I don't know if it's because there was too much water or maybe because of using agave instead of honey, which is much thinner?  In any event, they turned out fine after baking.**

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Black Bean Brownies

Recipe and photo from Chocolatecoveredkatie
In an effort to offset my last dessert post, here is a healthy dessert recipe!  The author of the recipe says that people are fooled, and they taste the same as regular brownies.  They do NOT taste like regular brownies.  However, for flour-less, egg-less, white sugar-less brownies, they are really good and satisfying, and best of all, Gary and kids loved them.  They are very fudge-y not cake-y and they are better after being in the fridge because they wouldn't stay together when we tried to eat them out of the pan prior to refrigerating.  In addition, you can easily make these gluten free!

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or agave (I used maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used just under 2/3 cup)
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Cook the black bean brownies 18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.

Lemon Dream Cake

Photo from thecountrycook- she also has step by step photos
I wasn't going to post this recipe because I'm really trying to have the fam eat clean, unprocessed foods, and this recipe is made of ALL processed garbage, but I couldn't resist because it is so light and delicious!  I made it for friends and one adult and one child who NEVER eat cake, don't like cake, usually won't try cake, agreed to try it...and then both proceeded to eat two pieces!!  It's also really fast and easy so you know, I guess everything in moderation?

Ingredients:
1 (18.25 oz.) box French Vanilla Cake Mix (I couldn't find 'French' so I used plain vanilla)
ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil and water)
1 (15.75 oz.) can lemon pie filling
1 tub lemon flavored frosting
1 ( 8oz.) tub whipped topping, thawed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Prepare cake mix as directed on the back of the box.
Pour batter into baking dish.

Place spoonfuls of lemon pie filling all over the batter. 
Take a knife and swirl it all around to help evenly distribute it better.
Bake at 350F degrees for about 35-40 minutes.
Until it springs back to the touch and isn't jiggly in the center.

Let cake cool completely before proceeding to the next step.

In a bowl, combine lemon flavored frosting with whipped topping.
Mix until thoroughly combined.Spread frosting over cooled cake.
                             Refrigerate until chilled and keep any leftovers refrigerated.