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Black Bean Brownies

24 Jul Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies

These are the black beans I used!

In my bouts of internet-surfing that occur way too frequently I discover all kinds of interesting recipes. Some of them look delicious, but the ingredient lists are simply too complicated for a poor college student like me to compile everything I would need! I came across this one on NoMeatAthlete.com and was happy to find how easy the recipe was.

I substituted the raw sugar for regular white sugar, but used less than the recipe listed because it calls for a lot! They were nice and moist – didn’t taste like black beans at all – but definitely were more filling than regular brownies.

If I were to take these somewhere for a party I would probably find a way to add more sweetness via dates, fruit, or maybe cacao chips.

Check out the recipe! I also found an interesting Chick Pea Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on EyeItTryIt.com that is on my to-do list.

Vegan Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

14 Apr

CookiesI finally made these myself – my roommate has made them a few times – and YUM!!! Come out perfect every time.

Not only are these cookies absolutely delicious, but they 1)require very few , very common, ingredients 2) bake fast and 3)are healthy! (whole wheat flour, canola oil instead of butter, no refined sugar, contains fruit!)

I am not personally vegan, but I tend to not buy eggs, just out of habit. Not having eggs tends to be a problem in the baking world, so when I came across this little number, I was astonished at how sticky and moist they are! You can make all kinds of substitutions/add-ins depending on what you have in the house.

My roomie usually uses 2 bananas per batch. I added walnuts, and probably will attempt raisins instead of chocolate chips the next time I make these.

Here’s the link to the recipe.

Indicated by this glowing review, I highly recommend these puppies. Try them yourself, you won’t be dissapointed.

I’m a baker!

10 Apr


Attempted bread from scratch – it went suprisingly well!

I used a recipe that I found on “The Simple Dollar” here – a finance website, believe it or not. The recipe was extremely helpful because it went step-by-step (perfect for first-timers, like me.)

I started with just plain white and wheat bread (happened to have both types of flower in my cupboard), then on my second try I did a honey/cinnamon/brown sugar loaf – delicious!

Wheat flour is known as being a little bit trickier than white, but I found it to be very easy to work with.

Making your own bread is something that seems super difficult, but in practice was actually very easy. The only thing is that you have to have time to let it rise – two separate hours. Not a quick process, but in my opinion worth it considering how delicious, cheap, and healthy (no preservatives!) the end product is.

Have any good bread recipes I should try? Questions about baking bread? Let me know! I’m thinking italian seasoning might be my next add-in. We’ll see what I have in my spice cabinet…

Brown Sugar Salmon

9 Apr

I took some brown sugar and soy sauce, mixed them in a dish. Then put the salmon in the dish and baked it. Delicious and SUPER easy!!! Served w/frozen broccoli, and a side of nuts & dried fruit for dessert.

Roasted Pears – mmmmm

9 Apr

Roasted Pears w/ Cinnamon and Greek Yogurt

Easiest thing ever, but I feel so sophisticated!!

Just slice the pears in half (if you don’t have fresh pears, just use canned!), bake them for about 10-15 minutes at oh…345 degreees-ish…until they start to get all juicy. Then just take them out, sprinkle with cinnamon/honey, and enjoy!

Side note: If you’re looking for something to make it a more filling snack, add goat cheese, plain yogurt or greek yogurt 🙂