Almond Banana Breakfast Smoothie 

 The days are getting longer and the snow is finally melting!  For me this winter went very fast.  Things are happening and life is interesting! Smoothies are a great addition to an interesting life; not just for busy mornings but also nice when there is time to just sit, sip a smoothie and read the news.  They are fast and easy to make and they fill you up and keep you going all morning long.   There are so many flavour options, something to suit everyone's taste.  Personally I don't like fruity in the morning.  At other times of the day a strawberry or blueberry smoothie is nice and refreshing but in the morning I like this Almond Banana Smoothie.  It has a more subtle taste, the almond butter makes it feel like a meal, the flax is great fibre and the banana helps to fill you up and adds a wonderful sweetness.

Almond Banana Breakfast Smoothie 

Serves 1 person.
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 3 Tbsp. Ground flax
  • 2 Tbsp. Smooth almond butter
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.  Enjoy!
 

The Best Black Bean Brownie

It may be bold to call these "The Best Black Bean Brownie" but I think if you try them you will agree!
They are moist and light and the flavour is wonderful.  They are also very easy to make.  Just throw all ingredients in the blender, process the batter until very smooth, bake.  That is it! 
 
 
    We grew black beans on our farm this year for the first time and we were all excited to see how they would turn out.  Luckily the weather cooperated and they turned out great so we will be growing them again next year.  I now have a large supply of black beans and have been trying new recipes; burgers, salads, and brownies to name a few.  In this recipe you can use either black beans that you have soaked and cooked yourself or canned. 
 

     I have baked it in various ways, as muffins with chocolate chips thrown in, as cupcakes with frosting, even as a double layer black forest cake for birthdays.  This time I made it "turtle style".  I think this my favourite so far!

Don't tell anyone what's in them until after they have tried them, they will be absolutely amazed!

 

The Best Black Bean Brownie

  • 1 1/4 cup cooked black beans
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup  liquid honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Place all ingredients in a blender and process till smooth, scraping down sides occasionally.  pour batter into a greased 9" baking pan or muffin tins.  Bake at 350 degrees, 20 minutes for muffins, 35 - 40 minutes for cake.