Monday, December 10, 2012

Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

I promise I eat more than just dessert but the holiday season is upon us. And with the season comes lots of baking and treats.  I have been seeing black bean brownies floating around on Pinterest. Ever since making my Chocolate Chip Blondies which are made with chick peas or white beans I knew I had to give these a try! I adapted the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and I gave them a holiday spin for an Instagram challenge from my girl Sheereen.

Yes, there are black beans in these brownies. No, you can not taste them at all. The black beans actually makes them chocolatey rich. I understand if your still skeptical about putting beans in your brownies. I used to be one of the most pickiest eaters I know (or as I like to call it particular- meaning I like things a certain way). But over the course of my healthy eating journey I have learned not to knock it until you try it! I will now try anything....well almost anything, just to see if I like it. I try to leave the mental part of what I am eating out and just enjoy the flavors of food. What I have found is many food items I thought that I "hated" I actually really like. I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone. Get creative with your ingredients, try something new, and re-try something you dislike. Who knows you may surprise yourself and you have nothing to loose!

These chocolate peppermint brownies are sure to be a crowd pleaser  for your next holiday event- or chocolate craving! Don't tell anybody your secret ingredient and I doubt they will ever guess.



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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies- OH MY!

I am clearly on a healthy baking kick. I love baked treats and when I don't have to feel bad about eating them it is a win! Not to mention this dessert is gluten free and vegan if you omit the chocolate chips. Below is the original recipe with what I used in parentheses.



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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Clean Eating Guacamole

Truth- I used to strongly dislike avocados, but I have always liked guacamole. The one day it occurred to me that guacamole is really just mashed up avocados. So I gave avocados another shot and guess what? I love them! The key to avocados is eating them at their perfect ripeness. Open them a day or two too early to find hard flesh with little flavor. Open them too late and you'll find a browning avocado with an odd texture. But open them at the peak of perfection and you will find a creamy and rich avocado. I always have avocados on hand in my kitchen. I buy bags of 4 avocados at Trader Joes for $2.49 making them very affordable.


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet potato chocolate chip cookies- these may be the best healthy clean eating cookie I have ever had! They are moist and soft just the way I like my cookies. The sweet potato acts as a natural sweetener and the addition of nut butter gives them a richness I love.


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Wonderful Chia Seed & Banana Chia Pudding

I was first turned onto chia seeds by my natropath about a year ago. He raved about chia seeds and how wonderful they are as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is often the cause of what we recognize as pain. I guess I was so convinced that I walked out of his office that day with a bag. At first I didn't really know how to incorporate chia seeds into my diet. I started with adding them to my smoothies, which makes them almost undetectable. Chia seeds expand when combined with liquid so they almost act like a binder and keep my smoothie nice and thick.  I also use them in baking- fruit crisp (helps absorb the fruit liquid similar effect as corn starch but clean), banana bread, oatmeal, jams, the possibilities go on and on! Here is some more information on the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.

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