Double Chocolate Biscotti

Gosh darnit. I have a TERRIBLE memory, apparently. Yesterday, I said that I hadn’t posted the black bean brownie recipe. I thought I hadn’t since I was scrolling through posts during the summer and I guess I missed the actual post of the recipe. I did read that something that I was going to post that recipe though.

So, technically speaking, I am NOT behind on the posts on the recipes I’ve made. Instead, I just didn’t post this double chocolate biscotti I made in November and the whole wheat chocolate chip cookies (which will be in a different post).

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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and the vanilla.
  2. In separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, making sure all dry ingredients are incorporated before adding more. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Shape dough into a 12 x 4 inch log and place on a well greased baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut loaf into 3/4 inch slices and place back on baking sheet, cut side down. Bake again for 5 minutes then turn cookies over and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool. I like my biscotti kind of soft. I’m not the big fan of the ones that break your teeth when you bite into them. If you like them harder, so that you can dip it into coffee, bake each side for 8 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Black Bean Brownies

Hey hey everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing great, thank you very much. I have been so busy lately and I have been neglecting my blog. I will have things updated. Don’t worry!

Anyway, I decided to make black bean brownies the other day (as in, a couple weeks ago). I tried black bean brownies once because a friend of mine made some. So, I decided to make my own. Here’s how it turned out.

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Not bad, right? It tasted pretty good too. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor, except for the chocolate chips if you are using them.
  3. Pulse until smooth and well combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips, walnuts, or whatever you want on the brownie batter.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!

Now, you have a delicious dessert that is high in fiber and protein!

Do you like brownies?

Have you ever used beans in desserts? – I love chickpea cookies! 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Monday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing great, thank you very much. The only thing is that my micro SD card I put in my phone doesn’t work now for some reason. Hopefully, I can recover all the pictures I took!

Anyway, I’m here to share a cookie recipe with you guys. It is very simple and requires only 3 ingredients. Yes, that’s right. 3 ingredients. I guess I should give you guys the recipe now.

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Adapted from: Barefeet In The Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. If you want, you can add chocolate chips too.
  3. Scoop two tablespoon sized balls and place them on a baking sheet. Use a fork to make criss crosses on the cookies if desired.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Take out, let it cool, and enjoy.

It’s that simple! Now, I am off to make some more of these cookies. They’re just too delicious!

Do you like peanut butter cookies? – I love peanut butter. 

What’s the most simple thing you ever baked?

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Muffins with Chocolate ChipsMy perfect morning is this:

  • Early morning run &
  • Eating a muffin along with drinking a cup of coffee

I  feel more productive that way. Early morning runs keep me energized and I just love eating sweets after a run. I guess it is because I use up all of my stored glycogen from running and during the night while I am sleeping! I need the glucose in my blood for my brain to work!  That is why these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Muffins with Chocolate Chips are perfect. They have all the carbohydrates (glucose) I need to refuel my body after a good run. Plus, they are delicious.

Wait, did I mention that these muffins are vegan too? Well, I guess I just did! Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • chocolate chips (can use vegan ones if you want to make them vegan. You can use as much as you want)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter and sugar. Mix in the bananas.
  3. Stir in the chia seeds with the milk. Then, add it to the sugar/banana mixture.
  4. In another bowl, sift together the brown rice flour and baking powder.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients INTO the wet ingredients, slowly mixing.
  6. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter into muffin tins. If you are making mini muffins, bake for 10-15 minutes. If you are making regular size muffins, bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Take them out, let them cool for a little bit, and enjoy!

I hope you guys enjoy these muffins! They are quite simple to make. I eat them as part of breakfast or as a snack.

Are you a morning person?

– I am. I wake up early to workout.

Do you like muffins?

Muffins are my favorite!

Steamed Gluten Free Whole Grain Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I am so not creative when it comes to naming my creations. I just name it how it is. And, this is a steamed banana bread. It also has peanut butter in it! I posted this picture on instagram a few days ago. @hevilhelen

Doesn’t it look delicious? I know that it looks a little weird. But, it is steamed!

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I steamed this bread a couple days ago and it is so good! The bread is dense, I have to warn you. I know some people like it fluffy. However, I love dense banana bread. I guess I am just weird like that. Anyway, the only flour used is brown rice flour. It makes this bread whole grain! It is also vegan. Maybe  I should add that to the name too!

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup soymilk
  • 3/4 cup sugar (can use less if wanted)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • sprinkle of salt

Directions

  1. “Cream” the peanut butter and the sugar together.
  2. Mix in the bananas and milk.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Stir until just combined. Pour into bread pan.
  5. Steam for 40 to 50 minutes. *
  6. Enjoy.
*There are different ways you can steam this. I did it the old fashioned way. I filled a wok with water and heated it until it boiled. I placed the pan onto a thing that can separate it from the water and let it steam. The only problem is that you have to watch the water, since it can boil off.
In other news, I cannot wait for today’s Switched At Birth episode. It is the only show I watch besides the old classics: Reba and Full House. Anyway, Switched At Birth is a great show and I love how it reaches out to the deaf community! Sometimes, I feel that there are groups of people that don’t get as much attention they should get. I also love the story line and it makes me want to learn sign language.
Anyway, I guess that is it. I hope good things happen in today’s episode and I hope you guys enjoy the bread!
Have you tried steaming foods that are normally baked?
Are you for Emmett, Tank, or Ty?
-I think Bay should stick with Tank.  
Who do you think Daphne should choose?
– I think Jorge!