Ways to Make Baking Healthier: Bring on the Beans

Starting this week I will be using this blog as a medium for a 5 week class project. My project will center on healthier cooking, and will include tips, recipe ideas, other references (blogs, articles, books, magazines, etc), and anything else I find pertinent in informing you all, and myself on ways we can all cook healthier!

I don’t know about you, but when I first started thinking about healthier cooking, I thought, “yep, this is going to take all the fun and flavor out of my food.” In order to prove thoughts like these as FALSE, I’ve decided to start this first week of my project talking about desserts. Yep. You read that correctly, Healthier, yet just as delicious desserts.

Let’s get started

Healthier Baking Tip #1: sub in beans for oil


-When baking darkly colored treats like brownies, cakes, cookies, etc, replace the oil with black bean puree (mashed up or blended rinsed black beans with enough water to make it a liquidy texture) in a ratio of 1-1. When baking lightly colored treats like cookies, lighter bars, cakes, etc replace with a light colored bean like pinto, navy, or cannellini, in the same fashion as the black beans.
The result: A sweet treat that will truly satisfy with more fiber and protein, and less fat.
Too good to be true? …. Nope!
I put this one to test this week with this simple brownie recipe using only a box of brownie mix and a can of pureed black beans.

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The results, as you can see, were fabulous. Rich, thick, satisfying, chunky brownies, truly quite possibly the best brownies I’ve ever tasted, and best of all no hint of those beans in the flavor!

To be sure I wasn’t being biased I used my neighbors as tests subjects

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/>All tests came back positive, with all subjects in disbelief that what they were eating was made with black beans. Mission accomplished. Thank you, and good night.

Come Back this week again as I continue to explore ways to make baking healthier, but still delicious.

For more wonderful ideas of ways to sub various types of beans into your cooking visit this page from apreparedhome.com!

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