Here is another "winner" of our Guest Blog Post Giveaway. We would like to thank Marci from Utah for submitting this great "heart healthy" brownie recipe. Keep those guest blog posts coming!
Heart Healthy Brownies
Using my food storage with my everyday cooking is something I feel is important. Buying what we eat and eating what we buy is a must. But so many processed foods and canned items have a lot of preservatives, fat, and cholesterol. Because high cholesterol runs in my family, it's important for me to Replace ways to cut down. I recently discovered the power of beans. Not only do they have the protein that you may think can only be found in meat, they also have no fat or cholesterol. But who says we have to eat only beans and rice in order to stay healthy? Little indulgences can be found in treats as well. Below is a recipe I created to help me use my food storage and have a little healthy treat once in a while.
Marci's Heart Healthy Brownies
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt*
1/2 tsp baking soda (opt)**
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 - 15 oz can black beans (or dry beans, cooked to equal 15 oz)
2 tsp vanilla
1/3-1/2 cup water
Rinse canned beans and puree in blender with water and vanilla. Pour into mixing bowl and add dry ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour into 9x9 lightly greased pan. Bake 345 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
*If you are using low sodium canned beans, you may choose not to rinse the beans. If so, omit the salt and reduce the water accordingly.
**Omitting the baking soda makes for chewier brownies.
Lynda, I love WAP (Weston A Price Foundation). I am so lucky that I get access to raw milk from a local farm (in return for me doing some marketing work for him, he gives me free organic farm fresh food). I get eggs, raw butter, raw milk, REAL grass fed beef, cream, etc. It is very nice. I am learning to make homemade sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk, etc. from these things. Sure, they are high in fat — but it is the GOOD fat. I have never been healthier in my life!! :) Cheers!
Marci, if you still think cholesterol is bad for your body, do some reading on the Weston Price Foundation website.
This educational foundation has nothing to sell, they are just in the business of educating people.
When you get to the site, click on the "Beginners Tour". Once here, scroll down to the Heart Disease section and click on "what causes heart disease?". How sad that we have become afraid of one of nature's healthiest, most healing foods—eggs.
If you're looking for something as fabulous as brownies with butter or shortening and eggs, this isn't going to do it for you. The eggs can be added but I cut it out because of the cholesterol. My sister uses egg substitute in this recipe and likes it.
question: can you double check the ingredient list? I tried the recipe tonight and didn't love it. wonder if it was supposed to call for an egg? (would be better than nothing in an emergency)
I'll give this a try with honey instead of sugar. Just can't call that stuff healthy no matter what.