Black Bean Brownie Recipe

I know what you’re thinking…. “UM, WHAT?”

I thought the same thing, trust me. I had to try them for myself. I baked them and then fed them to my family without disclosing the fact that they were made from beans. Do you know what happened? Everyone loved them.

Watch the Instagram Reel here.

Trust me! I’ve shared this recipe in the past on my Instagram. My followers tried them and got back to me and they only had great things to say! The original recipe is from one of my favorites, Chocolate Covered Katie. I’ve made the directions a little more concise below so you don’t have to scroll and scroll to get to the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed well)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (homemade vanilla recipe)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (Not optional, these are a must)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Blend well.
  • Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
  • Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! *Makes 9-12 brownies*

ENJOY!

xxoo Kate

Super easy bagel recipe

I’ve shared these homemade bagels on my Instagram stories a few times before but it’s time I share the SUPER easy recipe with you on here!

Only 5 Ingredients!

  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (it has to be Greek)
  • 1 egg
  • Any toppings you’d like! (The ones we made today had cheese and Everything Bagel Seasoning!)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment (not wax) paper on a baking sheet. Spray with oil to avoid sticking.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder + salt. Whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork until well combined, it will look like small crumbles. (Make sure to add the yogurt to the dry mixture, not the other way around!)
  • Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns. It should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away. (I personally just powder my hands and roll/form within my hands rather than on the table).
  • Roll each ball into 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels. (or you can make a ball and poke a hole in the center then stretch it slightly)
  • Top with egg wash and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 18-20 minutes. (If you make them smaller, make sure to peek at them and make sure they’re not getting too brown). Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.

*Tweaked recipe from @skinnytaste

xxoo Kate

How to make the perfect acorn squash

My mom suggested trying an acorn squash a while back and I was like, “what’s an acorn squash?” HA!

I’m not going to lie, I would see them in the grocery store and just think they were one of those festive gourds you see during the fall time.

Despite my hesitation at first, I gave it a try and… I’m hooked! I will actually sit down at night and eat an acorn squash instead of my normal “sweets” and I have no clue why because they’re really not similar. Seriously though, they are so satisfying.

You can cook these with brown sugar to make them sweet but I don’t think anything beats this simple butter and salt recipe. Acorn squashes are the perfect side or snack!

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Wash your squash.

Step 3: Cut your squash in half. They are strong so you’ve got to put some muscle into it!

Step 4: Hallow out the halves, removing all of the seeds and most of the strings.

Step 5: Place the halves face down on a cookie sheet and add a small amount of water to surround the halves

Step 7: Bake for 45 minutes. Larger squashes may require a few more minutes but 45 usually does it for me!

Step 8: Remove from oven, flip squashes over (hallow side up) and put 1 TBS of butter in each half

Step 9: Return to oven and Broil for 3 minutes

Step 10: Remove from oven, salt to taste and enjoy! (You can scoop the squash out of their skins if you desire)

There is also a microwave option where you do the exact same thing (cut it in half, hallow, place face down with a little water) but you only have to microwave it for 8 minutes. Yes, this is the faster option and tastes really good too, but I like to avoid the microwave as much as possible. Either are delish though so do as you please!

xxoo Kate

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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I wanted to share this super simple chicken pot pie recipe because if you’re in a cold climate like me, sometimes you just crave comfort food.

What you will need:

  1. 1 can of cream of potato, cream of mushroom OR cream of celery soup
  2. 1 12-16oz bag of frozen veggies (carrots, corn & beans mix)
  3. 1 top and bottom pie crust
  4. 1 large chicken breast (I prefer to use two small)
  5. Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook the chicken however you’d like. We cut up the breasts into small cubes and use a skillet on the stove to cook ours.
  2. Mix soup, chicken, vegetables (frozen is fine) and seasoning.
  3. Put bottom pie crust in 9 inch baking dish. We prefer to use a glass dish.
  4. Add the mixture to the bottom crust.
  5. Top with top pie crust and pinch around the edges. trim excess crust around the edges.
  6. Cut a little design or a few slits on the top to vent.

Bake at 425 degrees for 30-40 minutes until heated through and browned on top – That’s it!!

xxoo Kate

My favorite oven mitt can be bought here!

Easy Peasy Apple Cider (crockpot recipe)

The fall feels are in full swing in our home! The decorations are up and it actually snowed today. It’s safe to say that the warm weather is gone until next year.

When I think of fall I think of fall scents, apples, cinnamon, and a warm cozy home. This apple cider recipe accomplishes all of that and more. Even better, it can be made in your crockpot! Easy peasy!

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Frozen Grape Snack Hack – Only 2 Ingredients!

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I’ll start right off of the bat by saying thanks again to my dear Mom, for the amazing recipe idea!

As a mother myself, I like quick and easy. This recipe is exactly that.

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The perfect summer salad recipe

My mom stopped by the other day with this amazing salad that she made and I had to run out the next day and buy ingredients to make it for myself!

SO EASY & SO GOOD. I actually mean it when I say easy too because I know a lot of recipes say “easy to prepare” and they’re straight up lying. I also mean it when I say it’s good, like really good. My toddler is becoming picky but she ate an entire bowl for dinner but it could easily be eaten as a dip!

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1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1 can of artichokes
A chopped red onion
Halved cherry tomatoes
2 cut up avocados
1 can of sliced black olives
Feta cheese
Balsamic vinaigrette
Salt & pepper
Garlic salt

Simple – mix it up in a bowl and season to taste!

xxoo Kate