Black Bean Brownies

This is another pre-SCD recipe that I tried a few months back. I had tasted black bean brownies before but the recipe didn’t use egg as an ingredient, and while they were good, the brownies tasted very dry. This recipe I found online for black bean brownies is delicious and makes the brownies turn out very moist! I gave them to our guests and no one knew I had used beans, instead of chocolate, for the main ingredient; in fact, they kept going on about how good the brownies tasted! You can find the recipe here.

I made very few changes. I left out the instant coffee completely; instead, for the cocoa powder ingredient, I used Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Mocha Hot Cocoa Mix, so that the brownies would have both a coffee flavor and a chocolate flavor all in one. I also left the chocolate chips out, to keep it as healthy as possible. These brownies are seriously good!

What I love even more is that you literally throw all the ingredients together in a blender, pour it in a baking dish, and put in the oven. I used a 8 x 8 inch baking dish for mine.

I hope you have fun making these and enjoy eating them even more!

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All Natural Peanut Butter Brownies

I’ve always been a mindful eater, though I am guilty of having a love for greasy and unhealthy foods such as burgers, fries, cookies, cakes, etc, like many other Americans. Lately, though, I’ve been on a real quest to live a truly healthy lifestyle. That’s when I came across Elaine Gottschall’s book called, “Breaking the Vicious Cycle,” which focuses on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The SCD is about eating grain-free, sugar-free (unless naturally sweetened), starch-free, and unprocessed foods in order to have overall better health. It is especially beneficial for those who have intestinal health issues, but since its focus is on helping you live a healthier lifestyle (which has been hindered with the rise of unprocessed foods sold in America), anyone looking to be healthier can go on this diet and find value in it.

Today I made Elaine’s peanut butter brownies, and I have to say, they were absolutely amazing! They were incredibly moist, fluffy, delicious, and best of all, 100% HEALTHY! My dad raved about them and couldn’t believe how four simple ingredients could yield to such a tasteful creation. My husband, too, took his first bite and couldn’t believe how good they tasted. When I told him the four simple ingredients that were used, he was shocked.

I used Elaine’s recipe but cut it in half, since it was my first time making this and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. To make the brownies, here is what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter with no additives (I made my own at the supermarket using their machine)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, pour into a small, greased baking dish, and bake in a 350 degree heated oven for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Afterward, your brownies should look like this:

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Try these brownies. I guarantee that even the most devote brownie aficionados won’t be disappointed.