Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake

I have a couple of dinner guests tonight--sweet missionaries from my church--and there is some gluten and dairy intolerance.  Makes for a lot of fun figuring out something to prepare for dinner. Fortunately (or not) the world seems to be going gluten- and dairy-free so there is a plethora of recipes out there.  I found this one via Facebook and thought I would give it a whirl.  It's a little bitter for my taste, but I am going to use a berry compote to sweeten it up.  Hope it works!  By the way, that is not a giant fork on the plate, but I did serve small wedges of the cake.

1 15-oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. (about 4-5 large) egg whites
1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce (I used regular Cinnamon applesauce because that is what I had in my pantry)
1/3 c. canned pure pumpkin (I used fresh from my freezer)
1/4 c. Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt
3 T. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. line a 9" round cake pan with foil and generously spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Place all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a food processor.  Puree until completely smooth and uniform.
  3. Fold in 1 T. chocolate chips (hmm...this could be why mine wasn't sweet enough.  I dumped 2 T. before I looked back at my recipe.)
  4. Spread mixture into the baking pan and smooth out the top.
  5. Evenly distribute the remaining chocolate chips over the top and lightly press into the batter.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.  I used convection bake for about 28 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  8. Makes 8 servings.  Top with fresh fruit, compote, whipped cream--use your imagination.
  9. Refrigerate leftover cake.  I will be serving mine chilled.  I think it will taste better.

SOURCE:  Hungry Girl via Facebook.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aggression Cookies

Hey everyone! I am just bringing back and oldie but a goodie--literally.  Due to a busy week ahead, I thought it would be fun to repost this yummy cookie recipe.  Hope you enjoy.  Maybe you could even whip up a batch and have ready for those school lunches or after school "cookie talks" with the kiddos!

Do you ever just want to stick your hands down into something squishy and just work it until you've gotten rid of all those pent-up complaints/murmurings/naggings/why-can't-you-put-the-toilet-paper-on-the-holders/pick-up-your-clothes-I-am-not-your-maids?  Yes ma'am, this is your kind of recipe.  Check it out.  I apologize for not having a picture of me mixing my dough, but I am no good at selfies and I was by "myselfie" at the time.

3 cups brown sugar, packed
6 cups quick cooking oats
3 cups flour
6 sticks butter, very soft (almost melted)
1 T. baking soda

1.  Put all ingredients in a huge bowl and mix by hand until well incorporated, or until the smile returns to your face.  LOL...
2.  Form dough into small balls (smaller than a walnut in the shell) and place on ungreased cookie sheet (I like to use parchment paper on the sheets.). 
3.  Butter the bottom of a small glass, dip into granulated sugar and press each cookie ball.  Re-dip glass in sugar each time.
4.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
5.  Makes about 11 dozen cookies.

Source:  Pat Brew, Brew Family Cookbook, Vol. 2.