Easter Weekend Baking – Garbanzo flour et al!

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Baking makes me happy and it’s Easter weekend, so it’s time for Celebrating, even though we’re doing it at a distance…

I started my morning by going to Wal-Mart. I thought it was going to be easy to walk in, get the ingredients I needed, come home and bake to my heart’s content, but I was surprised to see that there was quite a long line outside the store, while a security guard allowed people in, as others walked out with their groceries. It’s the new normal….

Having not made banana bread in quite a while, I decided to make two different kinds, so I put a “secret ingredient” in one of the banana breads with walnuts; the second banana bread has macadamia nuts and chocolate chips….can’t wait to try a little piece of both.

Then while the banana breads were baking, I thought why not make the black bean brownies once again? Super easy, fast and pretty nutritious, as there is no flour involved, I whipped up the ingredients in the food processor, and when I took out the banana breads out of the oven, in went the black bean brownies for a mere 18 minutes.

In the meantime, put clothes to wash….yes, it’s a busy Saturday. Then thought…..it would be great to have some homemade cookies, as I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in such a long time, so rummaging through my cupboards, came up with a new recipe using 3 different kinds of flours. For the very first time, I used 1/2 cup of garbanzo bean flour, alongside 1/2 cup of apf and 1/2 cup of coconut flour, and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot to the dry ingredients.  Found a bag of orange infused cranberries, leftover walnuts, which I crushed into small pieces with the can of black beans, and put it all together, and if I say so myself, turned out pretty good! These cookies do have gluten but on a much lower scale had I just used all purpose flour. Definitely putting this recipe in the cookbook!

Happy Easter…can’t wait to cook Easter dinner tomorrow!

Friday Craving: Turkey-Black Bean & Plantain Burger!

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I had a craving for a burger, so I went scavenging in the fridge, and what did I find? Ground turkey! Yes, I made my own version of a “Cuban burger” with ground turkey, black beans and leftover plantains.

Rummaging in my pantry, out came a can of organic black beans from Trader Joe’s that were rinsed, and chopped the remaining pieces of plantains from my Pollo Tropical order of the week…..and incorporated it together with the ground turkey.  Can I tell you how simple, delicious and quick this was? With a generous side of  Aldi’s Asian salad, this was my yummy dinner for tonight.

What did you have for dinner?

Stay tuned for this weekends upcoming recipes…….

 

Amazingly Decadently Delicious Black Bean Chocolate Brownie Recipe!

I see you drooling! Yes, and I did as well when I took out of the oven after only 18 minutes to absolutely revel in the amazing aroma of deep dark rich chocolate brownies….made from, yes, that’s right BLACK BEANS!

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I have my moments when I want something delicious and decadent…..but not highly caloric. Yes, you can have your brownie and eat it too, without having large amounts of sugar……I was amazed how delicious this came out, as I used Stevia instead.

As a neighbor and her diabetic husband are coming over for dinner, I opted to find something that I could create that wouldn’t create a spike in his blood sugar. I wanted to have a dessert…a memorable dessert that would be yummy, without leaving an impact….and just had to go looking for the recipe, as I know that I made this before, but never with Stevia.

Here’s the adjusted recipe:

1 can of drained black beans

2 tbsp. dark cocoa – use the best quality that you can find

1/2 cup ground oats – I just used the old-fashioned oats I had in the cupboard and ground them

6 packets of Stevia – the small single serve kind – this works out to be about 2 tbs. of Stevia

1/2 cup coconut oil – I buy mine at Trader Joe’s

2 tsp. vanilla – aka, “un chorrito” – get the best kind you can find and afford

1 tsp. baking powder – use the kind without aluminum

1 cup or as many chocolate chips as you like – preferably the darkest chocolate

Take all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, and process them in a food processor until well integrated.   I added in about 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips at the end and pulsed till they were well incorporated.

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit a small l 8 x 8 Pyrex dish and then spread out the mix , with the remaining chocolate chips on top.  Place the Pyrex in a 350 degree oven for a measly 18 minutes, and then wait, yes, WAIT until it is at room temperature.  You will enjoy the amazing aroma of the chocolate wafting through your home and the anticipation until you take that very first bite….

You can dress it up or leave as is….for those that are not diabetic, you can create your own Brownie go to town dessert, serving vanilla ice cream over an inch of brownie….or marinade some fruit and then pour the fruit over the brownie….even macerated strawberries and grapes on top of this brownie would go well to freshen it up a bit. You can create your own edible masterpiece, combining any fruit to this uberly delicious dessert.  Just remember to leave some for tomorrow……