Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gluten Free Brownies

1-15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (I cooked them from scratch with no salt)

1/3 c coconut oil

3 eggs

1/2 c coconut flour (or GF flour of your choice, or all-purpose (not GF) )

3/4 c brown sugar & white sugar (total)

1/2 c cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 C 60% cocoa chocolate chips

1 tbl. instant espresso powder, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8in. pan with cooking spray. Using a food processor, pulse the black beans until almost smooth. Add all other ingredients except chocolate chips and blend until smooth. Add chips in and pulse just until mixed in. Spread into baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Optional: sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top for a quick “frosting” and spread around once melted. (also optional, top with toasted coconut)

note: these are definitely best right out of the oven, warm. they get dry and crumbly as they sit so gobble up quickly
I modified this from
My picture of mine are after putting them in the freezer and baking them to thaw. I still want to experiment a bit more, I would like them a touch more fudgy. I didn't add the chocolate chips for "frosting", which I'm sure is scrumptious. I also like the fact that I feel good giving this high fiber dessert to my kids. Do you have a favorite gluten free brownie?

Sunday, March 25, 2012


So I found a good deal for brandy, and at the time used it for cooking often! Somehow I can't remember what recipes I use it in, so the bottle just sits there. Then it came to me, Kahlua!
So I'm mixing all the yummy stuff together and in a month I'll test it out! I modified the below recipe from

4 c. sugar
2 oz. instant coffee
2 vanilla beans, cut into 1" pieces
4 c. water
1 pt. brandy
Boil 1/2 cup water and dissolve coffee. Combine sugar, 3 1/2 cups water and bring to rolling boil. Add coffee and let cool. Add brandy and vanilla beans. Makes 2 quarts. Age for 1 month in closed container. (The older it gets, the better!

my changes: I brewed fresh coffee (strong) in my French press and added it after I pulled the boiling sugar water off, didn't want to cook my yummy brew.
Wrapping my quart jar in brown paper- could have used a 1/2 gal next time.
Here's to waiting a month and hopefully updates on IEP's, digestive solutions, prayer, did I mention, MOVING!

Update: after one month = delicious
Still sipping over raw cream and ice!!