Thursday, January 27, 2011

High Fiber Vegan Brownies (Thanks Jackie M.!!)

High Fiber Vegan Brownies


1 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked dried beans)

2 cups water
1/2 cup prunes
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder

1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the prunes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to start to break them down.

Add the black beans and process until smooth, adding a cup of the water in a steady stream to thin the mixture. The beans and prunes will be smooth with a few chunks.

Add the brown sugar and vanilla extract and pulse a few times to combine.

Add the oats, flour, salt and baking powder to the food processor and pulse until combined.

Add the remaining cup of water in a stream until a thick but smooth batter has formed. (You might not need all the water.)

Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix in.

Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, then pour in the brownie batter.

Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing into 12 brownies.

Note: For a party, slice into 24 brownies.

Number of Servings: 12

Nutritional Info
  • Fat: 3.0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.7g
  • Calories: 146.3
  • Protein: 6.1g

Sunday, January 23, 2011

~Walking in NYC to Give Them a Voice~

Walking for Farm Animals
The 2010 Annual Walk for Farm Animals in NYC
This year with the generous donations of friends, family and clients I was able to raise $1225 to help farm animals in need. Please visit the Farm Sanctuary Website ( to learn more about this amazing organization!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hi There!
So I've been playing with the cookie recipe and have made a few changes, good ones I think! I've been eating 2 of these for breakfast w/coffee (decaf, of course) and they are quite satisfying! Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Maple-Oat-Banana Breakfast Cookies ("Oaties")

A yummy high protein breakfast or snack, great for peeps on the go!

2 tsp. ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons water

1 cup regular oats

1 cup garbanzo bean flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup raisins (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 banana, mashed

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the flax seeds with the water and set aside until thickened.

Mix the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.

Add the maple syrup, vanilla, mashed banana, and lemon juice to the flax/water mixture and combine well.

Pour into the dry mixture and stir well but don't over-mix.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper and flatten each cookie slightly with a fork.

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until bottoms and sides are lightly brown. Cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before serving.


Yield: 18 cookies

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per cookie): 78 calories, 5 calories from fat, less than 1g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 106.1mg potassium, 17.5g carbohydrates, 1.7g fiber, 7.6g sugar, 1.7g protein, 1.3 points.