For as long as we can remember, there have always been new fads when it comes to diet. Some stick around for generations in different variations and some are so extreme that they are short lived. Ever heard of drinking vinegar and water? Some people still swear everything by apple cider vinegar. Well, that first came around in the 1800’s. How about in the 20’s when people were reaching for a cigarette instead of a cookie. Cigarette companies literally used that as advertisement campaigns. Then there were the more popular, Atkins, South shore, Weight-watchers, etc. Nowadays, there are more “lifestyle” diets, like, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten, and Primal.
I can honestly say, I have never been on a diet. I love food way too much to restrict anything. I have yet to come across a food that I actually hate. However, I do make sure that I eat well. I always incorporate fruits and veggies and have well-rounded meals. I don’t snack a lot, but will occasionally treat myself to a little dessert. The one thing that I have to force myself to do, is to not be so gluttonous. If the food is there, damn sure I’m gonna eat it. So, I try to be aware of my portions and the ingredients of my meals. In a pasta dish, I will use a protein pasta and still cut out half the pasta and replace with extra vegetables that compliment the meal.
I do like to try new recipes. This day in age, people mix the weirdest ingredients and come up with a masterpiece of flavor. A co-worker of mine gave me a recipe for “healthy cookies” that were almond meal based that I thought for sure would taste like cardboard. So, when I had my niece and nephew for a sleepover, I thought it would be fun to try this recipe out. Come to find out, the cookies were so delicious that even the little cookie monsters loved them!
This brings us to the gist of this story (I never can get to it quickly), I recently tried a bean based brownie recipe. Now, almond meal to replace flour and applesauce to replace oil-that’s one thing, but black beans as a base to brownies….this should be interesting. I had my sister and her children over for dinner. Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower rice (another delicious “wannabe” food). I made the brownie mix ahead of time so they would be warm and ready after dinner. My sister saw it sitting on the counter and asked, “Did you make some kind of healthy brownies? Because these look healthy.” Yes, if you use a blender, you may still be able to see the texture of the beans and oats. But when one is without a food processor, one must make do.
Anyhow, I fed these brownies to the kids with a huge smile on my face. I didn’t know if they were going to be good or not, but I just couldn’t wait to tell them there were beans in them. First my niece, the pickiest of the picky, tried them. I stared at her. “Mmmm, good job, auntie. These are so good.” What?! I tried one myself and you guys, they are soooo good!! I will say, I could tell a little by the texture that they were not a “traditional” recipe. I would say possibly the skin of the beans or the quick oats. But if blended by a food processor, I’m sure the texture is far better. I waited until she was done to tell her and I didn’t quite get the appalled reaction I was hoping, but they were definitely surprised.
Here is the link to the recipe I tried. I also substituted the oil for the equal amount of applesauce. Next time, I would maybe use a little less applesauce as the texture still appeared slightly under cooked. And remember, when a brownie is “healthy” you’re allowed to eat more of them.