YUMMY Chocolate + Black Beans + Beets Brownies

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Now, don’t you all go rolling your eyes at me.

I used to be a teacher and I still have eyes in the back of my head.

I can see you.

Before you make all those gaggy sounds and scrunch up your face (you know who I’m talking to!), I implore you to TRY these very tasty and UBER healthy brownies.

Well, not all that healthy ‘cos of the sugar and chocy chips, but cocoa beans grow on a tree, so that makes them a plant — therefore sort of a veggie or a fruit. So, healthy, right?

Don’t be all judge-y and shake your head.

TRY them for me, OK?

Black Bean + Beet Brownies

  • 1 can or 3/4 cup cooked black beans (unsalted or rinse well)
  • 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup unsalted cooked beets or finely shredded raw beets (Yes, BEETS!)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or olive oil(I always use a bit less)
  • 2 eggs *see below for vegan substitution*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar ( I’ve tried brown sugar and I’ve tried agave, not sure what’s better, kind of a personal taste thing)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso or leftover cold coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square baking pan. In a blender or food processor, puree the beans and beets with the oil. Add the eggs, cocoa, sugar, coffee, and vanilla. Melt half the chocolate chips and add to the blender. Blend on medium-high until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the blender and pulse until just incorporated. Stir in the remaining chocolate. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until the surface looks somewhat matte around the edges and still a bit shiny in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least fifteen minutes before eating. My family thinks they taste better the longer they sit in order for any “beany” texture to dissipate.

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Wanna go vegan? 

  • 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. Water

With food processor, spice grinder, or old school mortar and pestle, grind the chia seeds into a meal. Mix the water and ground chia seed meal in a small bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or so, or until it takes on a gloppy texture similar to raw egg yolk.

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Recipe Contest Announced to Mark Healthy Aging Month

Since I had my own hellish experience with a retinal tear that was  successfully treated with laser surgery, I think it’s important to share information about eye health, including macular degeneration.

And who doesn’t love a recipe contest? 


 

BrightFocus Foundation to Choose Prize-Winning Healthy Recipes

Clarksburg, MD—In honor of Healthy Aging Month, BrightFocus Foundation is launching an online Healthy Recipe Contest for the month of September. Contestants submit a recipe that contains at least three ingredients from a list of healthy foods that may be beneficial to brain or eye health.

The winning recipes will be chosen by BrightFocus. Contestants submitting one of the top three winning entries will receive a $100 Target giftcard and BrightFocus prize pack. See the BrightFocus instructions on how to enter the contest, including providing a photograph of the recipe dish.

Healthy foods on the ingredients list include carotenoids (dark green, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables); fruits and vegetables abundant in vitamin C, such as tomatoes, broccoli, citrus fruits and green peppers; vitamin E foods including fortified cereals, nuts, and green leafy vegetables; and sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including wild salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.

Although research is still ongoing regarding the impact of diet on brain and vision diseases, some studies suggest that a healthy and nutritious diet may lower the risk of developing macular degeneration or glaucoma. A healthy diet also may help Alzheimer’s patients cope better with their disease. See the BrightFocus Healthy Living fact sheets for macular degenerationglaucoma, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION
BrightFocus Foundation (www.brightfocus.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing brain and eye health, by funding research worldwide on Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus also provides the public with information about these diseases, including risk factors, current treatments, and coping strategies