Thursday, February 2, 2012

Green is My Favorite Color



Daniel decided to go green this week. Or should I say, "drink green." For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, oh my.
We loaded up our fridge with spinach, kale, cilantro, celery, cucumbers, avocados and the like. And shoot dang, these smoothies are giving Jamba Juice a run for their money.

{except the carrot one I invented that magically transformed into applesauce}


{Note: I would join in the all-green festivities if I wasn't such a ravenous {breastfeeding} carnivore, who occasionally can be spotted in the kitchen at 4AM with a chocolate chip scone in one hand and a turkey sandwich in the other}

So, in my effort to be supportive and encouraging and fake-ishly super healthy,

I made these...






And now you're wondering what the big deal is.
And what does healthy have to do with it.

They look like brownies.
They taste like brownies.

oh yeah,

andddddd they have blackbeansandspinachandavocado mixed in.

ding ding ding.

there's the health!


We've gobbled up almost an entire pan in the past two days.
It's ok though.
Cause they're healthy?

My favorite is having someone take a few bites before I tell them what's inside.

But, as my father-in-law pointed out, "The Help" has made people a bit wary about eating something with surprise ingredients.

"Eat my beans" just doesn't quite have the same wow factor.


Seriously though. eat these.


xoxo

{Bon Bon}


Black Bean Brownies

1 15-ounce can unsalted black beans

2 large eggs

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon instant coffee

Pinch salt

{I like to add spinach and avocado}


Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat an 8×8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until completely smooth. Pour the batter into the pan and bake until the top and sides of brownies are set, although the insides will still be a bit soft, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool then slice into 16 brownies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

25 comments:

Brissa said...

hahaha "eat my beans." oh, the help. such a good book.
i can't believe those delicious looking treats are actually HEALTHY for you!! i'll definitely have to try them.

Holly said...

LOL! Those brownies sound interesting, but I'd be game enough to try them. I think. The surprise ingredients could be a whole lot worse than some unexpected vegetables!

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Are you freakin' kidding me, healthy brownies!?! Beans in a brownie, and you can't taste them?? Well, just so happens I have declared myself the world's pickiest eater, so I will try these and let you know if I get a gag reflex or not :)

wildchild said...

Oh you witty thing, you. Eat.my.beans. I wish I had an arch nemisis/the balls to make a poop pie for and actually serve it to them. I mean, not really, as that would just conjure up a whole slew of legal problems, but still. In my head. Anyways. You say you cant taste the beans/avocado AT ALL? I'm not sure I believe you...

B. in the Know said...

These brownies sound really interesting - I need to try them. It amazes me that there are so many healthy things in them, and yet they still look delicious! Nice work.
Much love,
B

modern Suburbanites said...

ooh those brownies look awesome, i may have to try these!

www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

Teri Brown said...

Oh, I'm making those. Bookmarked. Thanks!

Anna said...

Those sound a lot healthier than the brownies I posted on my blog earlier this week. I need to try them.

Stephanie said...

I'm fascinated by those brownies. I almost can't even believe they're actually healthy...

when you add avocado, how much do you use?

Ash said...

i just completed an all juice cleanse/fast for the 31 days of january- nothing but the juice! and now a group of us on facebook is getting together to do one week of either all juice or all raw eating... if you guys want to join in, let me know!!!

Jessica Holly said...

What a supportive wife. :) Steve wanted to go green over the summer and I just laughed....bad wife.

Kira said...

Can you taste the black beans in them? I would give it a try if you can't actually taste them. My husband would never eat them if I revealed the ingredients though.

Becca said...

dude I totally pinned these, I'm all about getting veggies in while eating brownies!

Ess here! said...

Such a pretty blog!

I think a smoothie like that would leave me scared of all things green - grass included! The brownies on the other hand are a fab idea :)

Michaela said...

Hehe...Glad you liked them! My roommate last year was in nutrition for her major, so I cam home one day and she told me she baked me brownies. I tried them and actually ended up spitting them out haha. Wasn't expecting the texture! Such a good option for someone who isn't as picky as me though :)

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

ahhh...i think i've had something like these before...but it seemed like someone had left out a key ingredient. a key ingredient like...sugar.

it was rough.

bonbon said...

Another Bon Bon! I was so confused when I saw your comment on my blog, "What the? Did I comment on my OWN post?" I thought I was going insane. Glad to see it wasn't that at all! And yah, it's pretty incredible to find a Bonnie under 50 now days! But it's a great club to be in!

bonnie
bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

jennifer blair said...

These are AWESOME! Haha! Oh, and I loved the Help reference. Beans just isn't the same! ha!

Tamara B said...

I have to try your black bean brownies. Im always looking for healthy but tasty treats to eat and not feel guilty about.

Best,

Tamara B.
LilMissStyleblog.blogspot.com

Sophie said...

hahah amazing point from your father in law. so funny!

these look and sound surprising amazing. i need to get onto making a healthy version of brownies. x

Whitney said...

Haha I love your comment about The Help, special ingredients can be sketchy. Black Bean brownies sound interesting, I might have to try them out!

ginanorma said...

my favorite cook book is deceptively delicious, so I can so relate to this recipe!!! I've been putting sweet potato in hot chocolate for years, and spinach in my brownies!!!

K said...

Nice! I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks!

Cate said...

The movie the "help" will definitely do that to you! You probably already have these cook books but the deceptively delicious cookbooks by jessica seinfield have lot of clever ways to make things a little healthier....I love that it takes away the guilt but unfortunately my husband reminds me that it doesn't take away all the calories haha.

Cate said...

The movie the "help" will definitely do that to you! You probably already have these cook books but the deceptively delicious cookbooks by jessica seinfield have lot of clever ways to make things a little healthier....I love that it takes away the guilt but unfortunately my husband reminds me that it doesn't take away all the calories haha.

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