Macro-Friendly Black Bean Brownies

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Happy Easter and long weekend! I had some extra time to bake this weekend, so I made some black bean brownies with my new kitchen aid mixer as well as the banana chocolate chip protein bars featured in my Baking with Protein post.

This is yet another recipe from Amanda Bucci – her original recipe is found on her YouTube channel here. In her recipe, she uses stevia to sweeten the batter, but I used honey instead. Originally I made them with only 3/4 tbsp of honey, but this makes them NOT that sweet at all – if you want them to take more brownie-sque and sweeter, definitely use more the honey!

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Ingredients

  • 300g black beans
  • 15g PEScience Select Protein – Peanut Butter Cup flavoured
  • 125g egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 30g unsweeted almond milk
  • 100g pumpkin puree
  • 30g Cocoa Powder
  • 25g coconut flour
  • 40g oat flour (grind up 40g of quick oats)
  • 2 tbsp Chocolate Chip BuffBake
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10g chocolate chips (optional)
  • 10g peanut butter chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Throw all ingredients except for baking powder and baking soda into a food processor and process all of it!
  2. Mix in baking powder and baking soda by hand.
  3. Pour into a buttered pan or muffin tin. Top with chocolate and peanut butter chips if you want!
  4. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
  5. Cool on a cooling rack.

Macros: 110 calories: 12.9g carbs, 4.3g fat, 6.4g protein for each brownies. Recipe makes 12 brownies!

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Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait

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I’ve been eating these every single day for over a month now, and I absolutely love them. They’re super simple and delicious. The macro balance is pretty good, but these are NOT low calorie! I enjoy eating larger breakfasts and smaller lunches which is why they’re pretty high in total calories, but it works for my diet. That being said, there’s a LOT of protein! At the moment, I really enjoy blueberries and banana, but I’ve also been eating a lot of strawberry-only parfaits.

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Ingredients

  • 200g plain Greek Yogurt (I like Liberte or Skye)
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 28g frozen mixed berries (1/4 cup)
  • 12g granola (1/8 cup)
  • 7.5g Ground flax seed powder (1 tbsp)
  • 5g Hemp hearts (1/2 tbsp)
  • 40g blueberrries
  • 44g banana
  • 15g cashew butter (1 tbsp)

Optional!

  • 7.5g of unflavoured Allmax Isonatural protein powder
  • .5 tsp Maca Powder

Directions

  1. Set up your container and area.
  2. Add Greek yogurt, chia seeds, protein powder, and maca powder. Mix well.
  3. Add in frozen berries, mix gently.
  4. Pack the mixture down in your jar. On top, add your blueberries and chopped bananas, or whatever fruit you desire.
  5. Cut a small piece of saran wrap, and place it over the top, pressing it into the jar. I do this to keep the granola and toppings from getting soggy until I want to mix them up.
  6. Add in granola, flax seed powder, and hemp hearts.
  7. Screw on the lid, and leave it in your fridge overnight.
  8. When you’re ready to eat it, unscrew the jar and pull the piece of saran wrap out!

Macros: 536 calories: 46 carbs, 23 fat, 41 protein. (Extra details: 13g fiber, 20g sugar!)

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Whole Foods Haul

I went and did a grocery haul at Whole Foods! Since I already had all my basic groceries (protein, vegetables, potatoes, cereal, etc.), this haul was a special snacks + condiments haul. I really tried to stick to buying things that I can’t get anywhere else.

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So here it is in all its glory, from left to right in the back!

  • Grounded flax seeds – for smoothies, fruit, and munching
  • Hemp hearts – see above
  • Simply Protein chips – a snack I found for fun
  • Black Bean spaghetti – pasta made out of black beans – aka a great protein source
  • Smoked salmon – it’s delicious
  • FlaxDelight – I really wanted to try flax milk, but couldn’t find any, so decided to try this flax fortified beverage
  • Real Canadian maple syrup – almost out of maple syrup!
  • Honey – also almost out of honey
  • Strawberries
  • Mixed berry fruit
  • NATUR Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • David’s Mediterranean rub – for meats!
  • Cliff Builder’s protein bar
  • Two avocados

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In case you can’t tell from the photo, I already tore into this bag while at work before taking my haul photo, and man, these were delicious. The macros were crazy, and they were just the right amount of saltiness to curb that chip craving, but with crazy protein macros. Would absolutely buy them again, but my only wish is that they came in larger bags instead of snack sizes. 😦 The environment and I beg you, SimplyProtein.

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Been looking for new spices and rubs for my meats and chicken, and this one looked interesting – will be writing up a post when I use it to make dinner!

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Ever since I saw Brian Turner eat them during the Youtube house, I’ve been scouring grocery stores for them and finaaally found it. The macros are INSANE on these and that’s because the pasta is actually made out of black beans (which have really great protein amounts).  For 1 serving of 56g, it’s 2g fat, 17g carbs, and 25g protein!! Also really looking forward to making this sometime.

I’ve tried the peanut butter, and it tastes AMAZING. Sometimes I forget good expensive peanut butter tastes.

And that’s it! I spent a lot of money, but am really looking forward to trying all the different things out.