Black Bean Brownies

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I wore my hair in a ponytail yesterday.

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I have not done that since the 5th grade when my boyfriend broke up with me because he said my hair did not look good in a pony & I dressed like I was in the 50’s. I do not blame him for this. It was the most honest thing anyone has ever said to me.

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I also don’t wear ponies because have y’all SEEN this nose of mine?! It needs to be under a dark veil of mop-like hair at all times.

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I was in a photo shoot yesterday (I am a model, autograph signings TBA) and they ponied my hair. I found it freeing, really. By nature, I am a nervous hair player. By nervous, I mean that I touch & twirl my hair around my fingers literally all the livelong day. Like, if there is a split end, I will find & destroy him. You could say it is my nervous tick. That, and the word vomiting I still haven’t gotten under control. I’m a work in progress.

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The point of the above in its entirety was to reveal that I had pictures of myself taken yesterday without sounding too conceited yet I think failure has found me.

 

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + baking) | Serves: 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of baking cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of coffee grounds
  • Pinch of salt

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a food processor, process black beans until formed into a paste
  • Mix black beans with eggs + oil + vanilla
  • In another bowl, combine cocoa powder + sugar + baking powder + coffee grounds + salt
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl + combine well
  • Add in chocolate chips
  • Grease a brownie pan with cooking spray
  • Pour brownie batter in pan
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan
  • Serve warm with a glass of milk
  • Go ahead + unbutton pants so more beanies can fit inside your belly

 

Used ideas from several places for these bad boys, but this one specifically!

http://www.liveeatlearn.com/black-bean-fudge-brownies/

Cinnamon Sugar Bliss Bites

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I got my locks trimmed this week.

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I look like a big-nosed Jennifer Aniston and there’s nothing you can say to bring me down.

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Like, I wish cameras could follow me around for just like the first 6 days after I have my hair done. I’m feeling myself something FIERCE right now. I don’t know why I don’t get trims more often. It’s like getting a spray tan. I instantly get cuter. It’s incredible.

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I’m just all about the mermaid hair these days. The longer, the better. The ultimate goal is to put on a seashell bra, tie my legs together, crawl onto a rock, and sing show tunes while the wind blows my mermaid hair to and fro.

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Must go be vain on another platform – see ya.

 

 

 

Time: 40 minutes (prep + baking) | Serves: 12-15 bites

Ingredients:

  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine dates + oats + applesauce + baking powder + 1 tsp. of the cinnamon + vanilla extract
  • Process until the dough comes together in a clump
  • Form into lil balls
  • In a bowl, combine sugar + remaining cinnamon
  • Roll balls in sugar + arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Squash balls with the back of a spoon until they’re kinda flat
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Sprinkle with a tiny bit of remaining sugar stuff
  • Serve warm
  • By serve I mean shove them into pie hole straight from the baking sheet

 

Idea came from here, but they taste nothing like snickerdoodles lawlz: http://www.feastingonfruit.com/vegan-snickerdoodles-oil-free-gluten-free/