Anyway, posts are a little blah right now due to extenuating circumstances and just too much going out, too little cooking. I may prepare some spaghetti squash tonight and perhaps put a piece of tilapia on top of it, but I'm not too hopeful there.
In any case, here's the honest-to-goodness brownie breakdown: 100 calories for a pretty good sized piece of "brownie" (bigger than a deck of cards), texture is something between a brownie and a mousse, taste is bland (though not offensive). Would a topping for an extra 25 cals save it? Maybe, I'll give it a shot. Also, I put cherries in these and I am wondering if maybe a little chipotle wont make them "pop" a bit.
1 15oz can black beans (no sodium), drained
1/2 cup water (big mistake)
1.5 ripe bananas
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp sugar free maple syrup
1.5 tsp vanilla
1/4+1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 cup flour (whole grain pastry)
1/3 cup bing cherries, chopped
1. Puree black beans (I did it with the cup of water, but I would recommend against it). Add in the bananas, cut into chunks. Puree again.
2. Add in remaining ingredients, feel free to taste-check.
3. Bake in a pan or casserole dish (sprayed with non-stick spray OR on a piece of parchment paper-my method of choice) at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't worry about the cracks, but make sure to cool it completely before cutting.
Maybe I was wrong to judge so hastily. Certainly, I'm going to try this again, minus the water, maybe with a little more flour, definitely a touch of chipotle, and I will even consider adding some chocolate chips! Stay tuned.
On a quick PS note: My July 4 is relatively tame, again due to extenuating circumstances, and while BBQ wont be happening, both sets of parentals (mine and Boyfriend's) have dropped by in very recent history and have delivered so much food to the apartment that we are likely to be living on the "fat of the land" so to speak and just grazing on our completely full fridge for a bit.
Today's lunch will be the second to last bit of borscht (yes! It is still around and it is by far one of my best kitchen successes!) with a beer while watching the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. =)