These brownies may very well be a wise dessert choice in your life. Now, I think about wisdom and what it means to live our most fulfilling lives all the time, but I don’t often think about brownies when I think about wisdom. However, this may be about to change. In fact, I may at some point change the name of these brownies to wisdom brownies. I created them on a day in which I had an insightful discussion with an older friend who I greatly respect (friends come in all ages, but of course!).
We spoke about intelligence and we agreed that being smart is only useful if it can help you attain a greater degree of happiness because life amounts to attaining joy, fulfillment and contentment every day. Thinking you are intelligent can be a trap because it can raise your ego, which is a very bad thing.
“Being intelligent doesn’t make you better than somebody else, but can make your life easier if you use it correctly.” ~Quote invention between me and my older friend.
Now, why are these brownies not only intelligent, but quite likely may be a keeper in your health-conscious life? Goodness, where do I start. I was about to write about the health benefits of beans (1/3 of chapter 7 of Love Your Body is about the health benefits of beans), but then I thought about the walnuts, cocoa powder, lack of oil and sugar too. Okay because I am a fan of organization, let’s start with those beans (which you can’t taste at all!). Their texture does add a soft, scrumptiousness to the brownies though!
1) Long story short, beans contain a type of fiber called resistant starch. RS is given its name because it is resistant to stomach acid and digestive enzymes, so it is not digested in the small intestine, but rather passed to our bowels for fermentation by friendly bacteria. (This means the bacteria that live in our bowels digest it). But because the RS has already traveled so far down, it “resists” digestion and we don’t absorb the calories! Therefore, when we eat beans, we don’t actually absorb the total calorie amount listed. You will absorb fewer than two-thirds of the carbohydrate calories listed on the can! Beans are an amazing weight loss food!
2) Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Read about the health benefits of chocolate here.
3) Walnuts! Like all nuts, walnuts are rich in fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fats. But walnuts stand out because of their distinctively high levels of ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid. Our brains are made of omega-3 fatty acids, and because our bodies can’t make their own, we need to eat plenty of omega-3 fats to stay healthy (and smart!).
Ingredients (makes 9-12 brownies):
1 (15 oz) can black beans (Eden’s EPA free brand is the way to be!)
⅓ cup cocoa powder
½ cup rolled oats
10 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon Stevia (optional, if you want to make these lovelies just a bit sweeter)
½ cup walnut flour (this is simply ground up walnuts)
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅓ cup water
1/2 -⅔ cup dark chocolate chips (not optional)
Optional: Extra chocolate chips for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute and stir. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth. If you have to stir a bit with a large spoon and then start the food processor again, by all means do so, but it should blend very smoothly. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan. It is your choice whether or not you want to add more chocolate chips on top. Cook the brownies for 18-20 minutes and then let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Now as for a bit more about being wise, I really enjoy blogging and sometimes it takes blogging more to realize this! It’s incredible. Writing and cooking are true callings of mine, but so is fashion and makeup. I guess I really am an ultimate girlie-girl (obviously, I mean, look at the design of this website, just look at it!) and I am just embracing who I am and running with it.
I had been blogging less because I’ve been working on the cosmetics line I am launching later this year (more to come on that in future posts), working on book #2 (it’s such a baby, but it’s coming along!) and doing media for LYB (I went on a radio show tour ~ yay!), but also just growing and learning more about myself and figuring out life in my late 20s. I have never felt both so young and so old in my entire life. Ha! Sorry for anyone older reading this and wanting to laugh at me. I’m sure you can remember what it felt like! It really is a beautiful time of figuring out who you truly are, what you want and how to achieve your goals, but we really never do stop learning, do we? I think a well-lived life is one in which we keep learning and growing until our last day. Anywho, I plan on blogging more regularly because I la la love it so much.
I’d love for you to leave a comment or two and let me know more of what you’d like to see from me! It would help me very much as I know what I love to write about, but I am here to help you guys! I am also working on some new YouTube videos too. Stay tuned. 🙂
Now I recommend you make your life a bit more chocolaty and make these yummy brownies. Sometimes I eat a brownie with a green smoothie! You can find that cute Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Mug, Kate Spade New York book, and/or the Floral Crown Head Wrap by clicking on the links!
To leave you with one last quote that I love, “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” ~Sara Blakely
Be you and stay true to yourself! Over and out. <3