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Black Bean Brownies

May 31, 2016

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

Let’s just get this out of the way right now – yes, these are Black Bean Brownies. Yes, they contain black beans. Yes, they’re delicious. Yes, they’re fudgey. Yes, you should eat 6. No, you cannot taste the beans. Promise.

But really. These are awesome. 

I’ve only ever made black bean brownies once before, and I feel like I didn’t give them enough of a chance. The recipe I made the very first time, a few years ago, was different and I feel like you could almost recognize the black beans. 

This time, they’re the real deal. I had seen this recipe, and knew I had to try it. I made them again this past weekend for an early birthday celebration for myself and a friend (our birthdays are June 4th & 5th). We’ve both been on a super health kick lately with regular workouts and healthy eating so we wanted to carry it through to our birthday party. To be honest, we wanted to have healthy food / appetizers so that we could indulge a little in the desserts. But, of course, those also had to be healthy-ish too. 

It’s all about balance. 

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

We also made some spring roll rice wraps for the first time and they turned out so well too! They’re easy to make, loaded with veggies, and can feed a crowd. 

Among the birthday treats were these Black Bean Brownies, my raspberry coconut macaroons, raw raspberry slice, vegan chocolate cupcakes and espresso slice (both coming to the blog soon!)

Our goal was to see if anyone noticed that all the food was vegetarian (!) and that all the desserts were raw, vegan or gluten-free. Much to my delight, these Black Bean Brownies were a hit! (as well as the other goodies and food)

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

These Black Bean Brownies are incredibly chocolatey, fudgey, dense, and indulgent yet secretly healthy. They’re also free from refined sugar (this was also my first time using Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, and they were delicious!), gluten free, and have a good portion of protein and fibre due to the beans! 

The batch I made for the party were slightly thinner, as I made them in a 9×9 pan. The second time (i.e. the next day, because they were all gone) I made them in a loaf pan and they were thick and chewy. I like them both ways, but if you want them to go further use a slightly larger baking dish.

Black Bean Brownies
Deliciously healthy, you won't feel guilty having two. These brownies are dense and fudgey - no one will guess the secret ingredient!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large 14 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  6. 2 Tbsp. almond milk OR non-dairy milk of choice
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. ¼ cup melted coconut oil, OR butter
  9. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used enjoy life mini-chips)
  10. 1/2 cup coconut chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. *NOTE
  2. Combine all ingredients except the coconut chips and chocolate chips in a blender or food processor, and mix until silky smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips, do not blend.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle with the coconut chips (if using) and bake for required time (see below) or until the brownies are set. Don't over bake.
  5. Remove from the oven and let it rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes before cutting.
Notes
  1. * These can be made in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan, bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.
  2. * These can be made in a loaf pan, bake for 40-45 minutes, until set.
  3. * You can either stir in the chocolate chips, or sprinkle on top if not using coconut chips
  4. * I like to let these set overnight, or place in fridge to firm up. Leftovers should be refrigerated.
Adapted from Fraiche
Adapted from Fraiche
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Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough

May 20, 2016

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough // bakeaholic.ca

I made these Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough balls awhile ago and I feel bad that I haven’t shared them until now!  But, it has been so, so hot outside the last couple days and it pretty much feels like summer. Plus, it’s the Long Weekend!

Therefore – these chocolate chip chickpea cookie dough balls are a must – especially when you freeze them. They’re like a cookie dough ice-cream ball. 

If you’re turned off by the fact that the main ingredient is chickpeas, don’t be! You cannot tell the difference between these and real-deal cookie dough. You probably have all the ingredients on hand too – which makes it even easier to make. 

I had seen these little chickpea cookie dough balls on instagram and pinterest a few times, but hadn’t tried them yet. The recipe I followed was this one, but there are lots of others here, here, and here. They’re all similar – and good!

After the first time making these, I made them immediately again – and again. They’re that good. You can keep them in the fridge for a couple days (if they last that long) or freeze them to keep longer. If they’re frozen, I suggest taking them out for a few minutes before serving.

*If you don’t have a food processor, I did try and make these in a high-powered blender. You just need to add a little almond milk to get the dough moving, and if you have a tamper stick for your blender it comes in handy to get the dough moving around.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls
Delicious cookie dough made from chickpeas! You'd never guess it was secretly healthy -and neither will your guests ;)
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For the dough
  1. 2 cups cooked (or canned) chickpeas
  2. 1/4 cup oat flour, or coconut flour
  3. 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  4. 1/3 cup honey
  5. small dash of cinnamon (optional)
  6. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
For the chocolate layer
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/2 cup cacao powder
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  4. Alternatively, you can melt some more chocolate chips with coconut oil and use this to coat the dough.
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine all dough ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process for a few minutes until silky smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in mini chocolate chips. Set in the fridge to firm up.
  2. 2. In a double broiler on the stove (use a small sauce pan with an inch of water, with a glass or metal bowl over top) heat your coconut oil until fully melted, then add cacao powder, maple syrup. Stir until completely incorporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. 3. Remove dough from fridge and, using a small ice-cream scoop, create dough balls. Place these on lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for 15-20 minutes. This will make them easier to roll.
  4. 4. Remove dough from freezer, roll into balls with your hands. Using a spoon or fork, carefully coat dough balls in chocolate and place back onto cookie sheet. Repeat this step to create a thicker chocolate shell.
  5. *If you're having trouble dipping the cookie dough, you can also drizzle/spoon chocolate overtop of the cookie dough balls. Though, the entirely covered cookie dough is my favourite.
  6. Keep in fridge, or freezer.
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Raspberry Coconut Macaroons

May 7, 2016

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This spring is just flying by! I really cannot believe that it is already May. There are a few big events that I am counting down to, and they’re coming faster than I had thought.

First, it is almost the end of the school year. HOW did that happen? It’s my first year teaching full time, and I know I’m going to really miss my class come June. I think everyone remembers their first class, but mine especially will be missed since I also taught a lot of them in grade 2 during my PDP. It will be bittersweet saying goodbye to them all, and not knowing where I will be teaching next year. I’m hopeful that I’ll get another class before the start of the new school year, but we will have to wait and see where I’m placed. 

Second, Adam and I are both counting down the weeks (and days) until we leave for our Honeymoon. Since we were married on September long weekend, we hadn’t planned to go right away for our honeymoon. I wasn’t sure what would happen with work, and didn’t want to plan an extended holiday at the beginning of the new school year. Which worked out, as I got my full time class at the end of October. We’ll be going to Europe for three glorious weeks at the end of June – like, two days after school ends. I’m a bit panicked, as I know it’s going to be a hectic end of the month getting ready for the end of school and packing up my class, as well as packing for the trip – but I’m also incredibly excited. We’re flying into Paris, then going Barcelona, Santorini & Mykonos, then Rome. We’ve planned some fun things to do, and scheduled a lot of relaxation. It’s kind of exciting having the honeymoon a little ways after the wedding, because its something to look forward to and almost continues on the ‘wedding’ phase a little longer. I wonder how long I’m allowed to say we’re ‘newlyweds’ for…. 😉

Another thing that has crept up quickly is Mother’s Day. This weekend we’ll be celebrating with both our families and having brunch at our place (any excuse for me to entertain and bake, really) 

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One of my absolute new favourites are these raspberry coconut macaroons. I had actually seen a version of them online a while ago and was waiting for a chance to make them. I tweaked the recipe a little, and have made them three times since – they’re good. These would be a great addition to your mother’s day brunch, lunch or dinner dessert menu. They’re simple to make, require little ingredients and prep time, and are allergen-free so moms of all tastes can enjoy them.

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Wishing all the mom’s out there a lovely mother’s day weekend – especially my mom – Love you!

Raspberry Coconut Macaroons
Yields 16
A healthier, no-bake version of the coconut macaroon, with the addition of raspberries. They're gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and absolutely delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups packed unsweetened medium shredded coconut
  2. 1 cup coconut flour
  3. 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries (thawed in the microwave)
  4. 3-4 Tbs. honey (can use maple syrup if Vegan)
  5. 4 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  6. 4-5 squares Dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut, raspberries, coconut flour, honey and coconut oil in a food processor.
  2. Blend until well combined. Refrigerate 15 minutes to chill.
  3. Use a small/medium sized cookie scoop to form macaroons. Place onto lined cookie sheet, and refrigerate once more while you get the chocolate ready.
  4. In microwave, heat chocolate in one-minute intervals until almost fully melted. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour melted chocolate into pastry bag, or ziplock bag if you don't have one, and snip a tiny bit off the end. Remove macaroons from the fridge, and drizzle chocolate over top. Place back in fridge to set up. Serve chilled.
Notes
  1. Refrigerate any leftovers, if there are some! for up to 3-days, or freeze. Remove 15 minutes prior to serving.
Adapted from Petite Allergy Treats
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