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Gluten Free Blondies: More Vegan Delights!!

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So, after my success with the Black Bean Brownies, I’ve been thinking about trying to make blondies. I finally got around to it and man oh man. They are awesome!! My first batch was a bit oily because I didn’t take into account the oil in the peanut butter, but boy oh boy are they good! I made a few adjustments to the recipe and will probably be making more of these babies this weekend. So, without further adieu, here ya go!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 15oz Can Great Northern (white) beans, drained and rinsed very well
3 Tbsp Oat Flour
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor or blender (food processor works best), and blend until completely smooth. Stir in the chips, then pour into an oiled or lined 8×8 pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook 30 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting. Makes 9-12 brownies.

Tips:

Garbanzos (Chickpeas) can be used instead of Great Northerns. Just make sure you rinse your beans really well. REALLY well. Until the water is clear.

I use Domino Light, which is a half calorie blend, instead of regular sugar. You can use a zero calorie baking blend, as well. Make sure it’s for baking. Be sure to taste your batter to make sure it’s sweet enough before baking. If the batter is yash, the blondies will be, too!

I make my oat flour by grinding whole oats (oatmeal) in a coffee grinder (a blender can be used as well). You can also use quick oats instead of oat flour.
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As you can see, this is practically the same recipe as for the black bean brownies, with a few small adjustments. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies (Vegan, too!)

bbbrownieI’m not sure why I found this recipe. I think it was when I was cutting back on carbs, but regardless of the reason, I’m glad I did. It is fantastic!! It’s actually a combination of multiple recipes and a little experimentation. (The ones in the picture have a layer of coconut butter!) I know it sounds kind of gross. I mean, come on. Black Bean Brownies??? Ewww!! But I promise you, no one would ever know that these are made with black beans and are actually good for you! (high protein, low fat, high fiber…)

Please read the entire recipe and the tips at the end before making. You might regret it if you don’t…

Ingredients:

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed very well
3 Tbsp cocoa powder (add a little extra if desired)
2-3 Tbsp Oat Flour
1/2 cup Stevia Baking Blend (or other 0 cal sweetener baking blend)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Coconut oil
2-3 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor or blender (food processor works best), and blend until completely smooth. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook 20-30 minutes (clean toothpick in center), then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. Makes 9-12 brownies.

Tips:

Make sure you rinse your beans really well. REALLY well.

One of the original recipes called for 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey (not vegan). I’ve found that you can do a mixture of sweeteners, as well (agave & stevia, etc) and sweeten to taste (I tasted the batter to make sure it was sweet enough). If you use one of the 0 calories brands, make sure it’s for baking otherwise it may turn bitter. You can also just use all sugar. You definitely should taste the batter to make sure it tastes ok before baking.

I made my oat flour by grinding whole oats (oatmeal) in a coffee grinder (a blender can be used as well). You can also just use quick oats instead of oat flour.

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Ahhh, Push It! Puh Puh Puh Push It! (Or How To Make Lampwork Push Pins In 5 Minutes Or Less)

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So, the other day I was trolling my favorite glass forum (www.LampworkEtc.com) looking for an old post on making doll eyes when I stumbled upon this thread, asking how to make push pins.

Oh! Oh! Oh! I know how to do that!! See, I’ve been planning on creating a color chart of all of my glass colors for quite some time, using glass push pins!! I think it’s a fabulous idea to have all of the colors laid out in a diagram with their proper numbers so that I know which ones I like, which ones I don’t particularly care for, and also what they look like after being torched and annealed. Glass push pins (tacks) are really quick and easy to make. However, being a procrastinator with the shortest attention span ever (squirrel!), I’ve never gotten around to making more than a dozen. Well, that thread motivated me to get my patootie in gear to get it done. I also filmed this short tutorial showing how I make mine. The same technique can be used to make earring studs, hat pins, etc. You just need to change out the base that you wind the glass onto. I hope you enjoy it!