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Black Bean Brownies (Gluten Free)

on July 17, 2015

Servings 16

1 (15 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

3 eggs

3 tablespoons coconut oil

ó cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

ó tsp baking powder

34 cup brown sugar/stevia blend (you can also substitute agave)

*You can play around with additional ingredients to increase moisture; i.e. Greek

yogurt, applesauce, etc.) – take risks!


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a food processor, combine the beans, dark chocolate chips and oil – blend together in a food processor until combined. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Stir in some nuts or leave plain.

2. Pour into a greased 8x8 square baking pan.

3. Bake at 350 F for approximately 20 minutes (consistency should be thick but creamy center)

4. Remove from oven – top with additional chocolate chips (optional)

5. Let cool completely before cutting.

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Cashew Sour Cream

on July 17, 2015

Submitted by Donna N.


1 cup raw cashews (must not be roasted or salted)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 -2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 small lemon, juice of


Cover cashews with water and soak for a few hours or overnight

Pour off all water, and place nuts in food processor.

Add 1/4 cup cold water, salt, vinegar and lemon juice.

Puree for 3-4 minutes or until completely smooth and creamy in consistency.

Use in any recipe that calls for sour cream.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Berry Kale Smoothie

on July 17, 2015

Submitted by Jan D. (Makes about 20 oz)


1 Large Ripe Banana

6-12 Kale Leaves

ó Cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1-1/2 Cup Filtered Water (or Coconut Water)

Small Pinch of Cayenne Pepper


In blender, pour water, add the banana and kale

Blend until broken up

Add strawberries, blueberries and dash of cayenne

Blend until smooth

*(You can also add ó teaspoon of honey, a scoop of protein shake, chia, hemp, flax or any other type of seed.

Use your imagination and build on the basics. Mango also goes well. )

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