There’s been a lot of buzz in my social media world lately (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs I follow) about how we change the conversation in terms of weight, body image and beauty for women. It’s something I’m interested in personally and professionally, for both me and my daughter. I have a long history of a love-hate relationship to my body which shifts depending on how much I weigh, how much I’m working out and- to be honest- how much my partner at the time finds me attractive.
This is not what I want for my daughter. Or my son, for that matter.
So I work hard to encourage healthy eating habits, lots of physical activity that’s fun and modeling positive body talk. We call ourselves strong and healthy and avoid adjectives like “pretty” and “small”. I encourage balanced eating, reminding my two that cookies are a sometimes food (to quote Cookie Monster) and trying not to make anything forbidden. I try to model eating vegetables and whole grains and not so much sugar. But I feel that dessert is important. So we eat it. Sometimes it’s ice cream, sometimes it’s strawberries. Recently, we’ve been eating these.
So while I may not succeed in changing my body quickly or in helping my kids to avoid all body insecurity, at least I can feel ok about giving them these brownies as dessert. In moderation.
Black Bean Brownies aka Chocolate Bean Brownies
1 (19oz) can of black beans
3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon instant espresso, instant coffee or ground coffee
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Optional: M&M’s, colored sprinkles (for topping)
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Next, open your beans, drain them and give them a good rinse.
Get ready to turn on the blender– don’t forget to put on the top tightly. Rookie mistake to leave it loose.
Let them cool before slicing. I generally get between 12-16 brownies, depending on how I cut them. They’re good the first and second day but after that, they decline slightly. Still good, just not quite as much.
If you don’t tell anyone about the beans, they will likely not guess. At least no one who’s tried them around here has guessed.