Dark Chocolate Black Bean Cookies

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Dark Chocolate Black Bean Cookies

  • 1 can of black beans (15 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup 100% maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ¾  cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Rinse the beans and drain them. Add black beans, olive oil, peanut butter, milk, honey, maple syrup to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Add cocoa powder, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the bean mixture and blend until smooth. Chop the chocolate chips until fine. (Or put them in a plastic bag and hit them senselessly with a rolling pin.) Add chocolate chips to cookie mixture.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I used my silicon baking sheets. S/4poon 16 evenly distributed dollops of batter. Bake for around 10 minutes (the cookies should still be a little soft when you remove them from the oven). Set aside a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Finally, enjoy and reevaluate your judgments.

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 Black bean cookies? I know what you’re thinking and I assure you I have not lost my mind. Last year, while skimming Pinterest I saw a recipe for black bean brownies. My eyebrows rose at the thought of incorporating this savory food into my favorite dessert. I made a face similar to the one you are likely making and swore to never combine the two. Fast-forward three months and I found myself on Pinterest yet again (it’s been a long winter) and I saw not one, but several different recipes for black bean brownies. This time my reaction was a bit different. The more I saw these brownie recipes popping up the more I thought there must be something to them. Knowing I could no longer knock it until I tried it I headed to the kitchen. The results were pleasantly surprising. I served these brownies to my sister who was unaware of their contents. She gave them two thumbs up and still calls them the “best brownies ever.” That brownie recipe will be shared in a future post (A tease, I know.) For now I will share with you the brownie’s more portable cousin, the dark chocolate black bean cookie. I like the cookie version of this dessert for several reasons. 1. They are portioned out – I can commit to one cookie and be satisfied.  2. They’re more portable. 3. They can be frozen easily. If you’re still looking at me like I’m crazy I get it. I was skeptical too, but you need to get in your kitchen and try them for yourself! You will not regret it.

Jenna

Let’s get some comments rolling. Have you tried any other desserts that incorporate odd savory ingredients?

Strawberry + Chocolate Scones

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Scones mean something more to me than they do to most people. Scones mark the time when my baking interest turned into a passion. They mark the time when I moved from judging the success of a recipe solely on whether or not the end product was edible. Scones brought a new mindset – a new challenge. The thing with scones is that it’s rather difficult to make them in-edible. They’re essentially butter, flour, and sometimes sugar. Who wouldn’t eat that? (This is the part where I clarify this is not one of my healthy recipes.) So you understand, it’s easy to make these edible, but it’s difficult to make them exceptional. In my journey to finding this scone recipe I failed many, many, many times. I’ve tried recipes that included sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and every other cream there is. All of these produced a fluffy scone – edible, but not exceptional. I like my scone to be crisp on top and flaky inside.  I finally found a scone that captured this balance perfectly at a coffee shop in my town. With them as my inspiration I continued to trial and error more and more recipes until I came upon this one.  If you’re not familiar with the blog Joy the Baker you don’t know what you’re missing. The base for this scone recipe is hers. I can thank her for ending my search for this exceptional tea-time treat. Onto the next challenge.

What are you waiting for, go make some scones! Oh and pour yourself a cup of coffee. Not a coffee person? 1. That’s a shame. 2. Tea is acceptable. Enjoy my friends!

Jenna

p.s. All I’ve eaten today is spinach and a scone. It’s real life people.

 

Strawberry + Chocolate Scones

Adapted slightly from Joy the Baker

(I swapped out blueberries for strawberries and threw in some chocolate chunks to bring this tea-time star to the dessert menu – swoon worthy.)

Makes 8

Recipes 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½  teaspoons baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾  teaspoon salt
  • ¾  cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¾  cup cold buttermilk (I had to improv a bit and use 2% + vinegar. It works just FYI)
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup dark chocolate, chop into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk for brushing the tops of the scones before baking
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling on top before baking

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. I used my silicon baking sheets.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.  Cut in butter (using a pastry cutter) until mixture is fully combined. Work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly.

In another bowl, combine egg, maple syrup, and milk and beat lightly with a fork.  Add to flour mixture all at once. Fold in the chocolate, then fold in the strawberries.

Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times.  Roll out into a 1-inch thick circle.  (This thickness is important.) Cut into 8 sections. Place on baking sheet.  Brush lightly with buttermilk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.   Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Serve warm.

Pistachio + Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pistachio and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Edible Perspective

Recipe:

  • 6 TBS butter (softened)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 TBS almond butter
  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour*
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½  tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pistachios (de-shelled)
  • 1 TBS orange zest
  • 2 TBS water (or orange juice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a medium sized bowl. Add the egg, vanilla, maple syrup, and almond butter to the butter-sugar mixture.

Combine the wheat flour, oat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet mixture until well combined.

De-shell the pistachios, place in a plastic bag, and use a rolling pin to break them into pieces. Don’t go overboard and turn them into powder. Chunks that are half the size of the whole pistachio will work.

Zest one orange.

Add the pistachios, chocolate chips, and orange zest to the dough. If the dough still seems crumbly add 2 TBS of water or orange juice.

Scoop the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Use a fork to press the cookies down like you would for a peanut butter cookie. This dough does not spread on it’s own. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 11 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool, and store in an airtight container.

Notes:

*You can buy oat flour or grind oats in a coffee/wheat grinder.

I never spray my pans because I use silicon baking sheets, but if you’re using a regular baking sheet be sure to coat it with non-stick spray.

To prolong freshness cookies can be frozen

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I am one of the lucky people to be experiencing spring break this week. Although there is still snow on the ground here in the Midwest, the temperature has increased from where it has been and it is apparent that spring is on its way. Okay, maybe it’s not apparent, but I did hear a bird or two yesterday. I’m not going on a fancy tropical getaway, but I am thrilled to forgo my hour commute for ten days straight. Instead of heading straight to school in the morning I will pour an extra cup of coffee and saver my time on our comfy couch. I will most likely be exra java-ed up, but it’s just what happens on vacations. Even if those vacations don’t involve you leaving your home.

This recipe is one you will make over and over. For the past couple Tuesdays I have brought these cookies to share with my friends at school. (Nursing students are never too old for snacks.) They are in love with them and so am I. The hint of orange found in these cookies makes them taste light and fresh. Chocolate and Pistachios work together beautifully to find the perfect balance between salty and sweet. I won’t say these cookies are “healthy,” but they are “healthier.” There is still some butter and sugar in these cookies, but I decreased the amounts of each. There is also no white flour found in these. Throw these in your freezer and add them to your lunch for an occasional treat. Enjoy!

I will now resume my coffee drinking.

Jenna