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Healthy & Chewy Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

I’ve seen recipes for healthy black bean brownies all over the internet. I have a sweet tooth, so I have been wanting to try my hand at making them. Now that I have a high powered Optimum 9400 blender, they were easy peasy to whip up! The one problem that people talk about is the dryness of some of the black bean brownie recipes. So, I decided to mash up a few different recipes and come up with what is undoubtedly the chewiest black bean brownie recipe. These are beyond decadent, and you won’t even know that the only chocolate in the ingredients are just 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips.

Chocolatey and tasty, these bad boys are a triple threat, packed full of fibre, protein and anti-oxidants. A cup of black beans is equivalent to two 8 ounces glasses of milk, plus the added benefit of fibre.

Easy to make in an Optimum blender, healthy profile and a nice snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, I bet you want the recipe, right?

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The chewy texture and sweetness comes from the medjool dates – also a fiber filled powerhouse. Applesauce keeps them moist and the cocoa powder and chocolate chips give that authentic chocolate flavour. I chose to make them into little brownie bites to keep myself from eating an entire brownie pan. Be warned that your kids will love these, Mr P polished off 3 with a glass of milk in no time – he would’ve eaten more if I’d let him (side note: these are fibre filled, so its to your benefit to NOT go overboard…if you know what I mean!).

And if you want to make it even that much more healthier, its super easy to blend up your own applesauce with a hint of cinnamon.

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Ingredients

  • 400g can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 + 1/4 of chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Recipe makes 36 mini bites using a miniature muffin tray.

Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Use coconut oil to grease the muffin tray.

Mix all the ingredients together in the Optimum blender except for the chocolate chips. Blend until smooth. Once blended, add the chocolate chips and mix by hand. Scoop the mixture out by the tablespoon, I added 3 chips to the top of each mini bite before sliding the tray into the oven.

Let bake for 20-25 minutes. You don’t want the bites to get too hard, just a bit crunchy on the top. Let cool for 5 minutes then pour a glass of milk and enjoy!

I made this recipe again, this time opting to make it in a brownie pan. I also did not have applesauce so used a small banana instead. Needless to say equally chocolatey moist taste!

Have you tried black bean brownies before? Let me know how you go with this recipe.

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Why Coconut Water is Good for Breastfeeding Active Mamas

Image thanks to © Dmitry Ersler 

When I had Mr P I was scared about exercising and breastfeeding at the same time. I all but gave up exercise because I didn’t want to be one of those women who doubted her milk production after resuming exercise. Sure, I kept up a walking routine, but that was it.

This time around I’m better educated and know that it is totally possible to keep exercising  while breastfeeding, the key is staying super hydrated. I’m already drinking well above the recommended 8-10 glasses a day, but still it is important to make sure that I stay hydrated. Big Monkey fully supports my desire to stay fit even during these first few months of our daughter’s life, so he has done some research and found me the elixir to rehydration – coconut water. Coconut water is the liquid you hear swishing around when you shake a coconut. It is not to be confused with the creamy coconut milk often used in thai dishes. Coconut milk is the product of white coconut flesh all mashed up.



Tips for Rocking Your First Color Run

I finally ran my first color run this weekend, THE original color run. The one that I pinned years ago on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to do one day. The Color Run came to Brooklyn this weekend and originally I was meant to run it with a girlfriend. In the end she wasn’t able to make it, but in the meantime Mr BAM decided he wanted to run it and I discovered while reading their FAQs that kids 5 and under run The Color Run for free and strollers are allowed (the tips are starting already ya’ll, take note!).



Shaklee 180™ Update: End of an Era, Beginning of a Better Life


disclosure: I am part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program but was under no obligation to post this post. I am posting because I would like to give my lovely readers a chance to experience Shaklee 180™ .  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

I can’t believe that the 6 months journey on Shaklee 180 is coming to an end. Six months ago, I started on this program excited and nervous as well as a little unsure of how successful I would be. Afraid to disappoint myself, I thought 10 or 15 lbs was all I needed to lose. Apart from my fear of not meeting my goal, I also had unrealistic view of my health and what I looked like.

Somewhere early on in this journey I realized that I am stronger than I thought I was.

I became more conscious of what I was putting in my mouth. I became more confident in all parts of my life – personal, family and career. I got my love for sugar under wraps, and I realized how even something so simple like constant snacking was affecting not only my weight, but my mood, which in turn affected the whole family.



Crispy Kabocha Cheese Fries Recipe

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Kabocha squash has less calories than its more prolific and loved butternut squash, but it also has half the carbs of butternut. With its yummy soft edible skin, this is a versatile veggie packed with lots of  vitamins for energy and an even sweeter taste than butternut squash!



10 Tips for Eating Out When You’re On a Diet

That’s me at Sesame Place eating a salad with grilled chicken and dressing on the side. In the end I didn’t even use the dressing and it would’ve been just as easy (but less friendly on my waistline) to order pizza, french fries or tacos.

Hopefully if you are dieting, you are on a sensible program that is helping you to change the way you eat and see food. Not a crash diet that forces you to starve yourself or has an unrealistically expectations of a low caloric intake that has your bod tired all the time. Here’s a secret, if you are dieting to bring about a change for the long term, then guess what…

A good weight loss program will teach you the tools to eating properly not just while you are dieting, but the future as well.

I am in no way a doctor, and nor do I pretend to be one on this blog. These 10 tips for eating out while you are dieting are based solely on my personal experiences.