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Black Bean Brownies

Have you heard of VeganMoFo? Thanks to January from Earth Remedy for letting me know about it, I can’t believe I didn’t discover this sooner (although, I am relatively new to veganism so I guess I should give myself a break…). I’m so bummed I’m too late to sign up for it but apparently it is a monthly vegan enthusiast phenomenon dubbed the Vegan Month of Food. Bloggers will write about all things vegan – how they got started, favorite products or cooking techniques, and of course, a ton of great recipes! If you are new to veganism like I am (or even if your not) this is a great place to stock up on some fabulous healthy meals! So to do my little part to (unofficially) participate I decided to make some vegan brownies. In what bizarre world do black beans and chocolate go well together? Mine! Yes friends, this is a delicious rendition of brownies made with a base of black beans. Enjoy!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies – Recipe from Happy Herbivore


  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 whole bananas
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raw sugar (optional – I used NuNaturals Stevia)
  • ¼ cup instant oats


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8″ pan and set aside.

2. Combine all ingredients, except oats, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

3. Stir in the oats and blend again until smooth. Pour batter into the pan. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

4. Allow to cool before slicing. If you find these brownies are too soft or too fudge-y, add another 1/4 cup oats or flour.


Chocolate Chip Cookiedough

I have seen several renditions of this recipe on various blogs such as Not The Normal Teenage Fare and Chocolate-Covered Katie and I originally passed it up because I thought there was no way, it was too good to be true. Out of part curiosity, part sheer boredom and an intense sweet tooth I decided, why not give it a try. Now when I tried it at first I didn’t like it but after refrigerating it overnight, it was unreal. I even had my coworker try it just to make sure my taste buds were not deceiving me. Yes friends, this is a healthy recipe for “cookie dough”.


  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 3+ tablespoons of PB (I added more at the end because it didn’t taste quite right)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • a dash or two of Stevia (or sugar) if desired
  • Chocolate chips


1. Throw it all in a food processor and mix until smooth. Dumb in your chockie chips stir and toss it in the fridge overnight. Wake up to an unbelievably tasty treat that you can literally eat by the spoonful and not feel (that) guilty. Glorious I tell you, just glorious.

I apologize in advance for this but we had a little doggie photo shoot last night before we went to bed and since I am totally obsessed with my babies, I just had to share these with you….

All three of my babies....so presh

Look at my Mr. Big manning his post….on my pillow! He sleeps above my head every night, it’s hilarious! That is until Lola comes and steels his spot….

Sleeping like an angel....on my pillow.....

Well hello Lola bear!

Well, there are about a million more of those but I’ll spare ya. I’m off to Minnesota for the weekend! Get ready for next week, I’ve got some epics recipes comin’ up! 🙂