Crazy Delicious (Gluten Free) Black Bean Brownies

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I’ve got kids who DETEST it when I try to slide health into their food (something I do EVERY DAY)

So, when I made some like cheesecake with tofu or brownies with black beans, I keep it on the down low.

What happens in the kitchen, STAYS in the kitchen, right?

I just serve them up and what to discern the expression as “MMMMMMM” or “EWWWWWW”. These brownies are wheat free, gluten free and a slam DUNK every time.

Even AFTER if “spilled the beans” they are still a family favorite and one of my husband’s “love languages”

You won’t believe how EASY they are to make, how easy they are to EAT and how little guilt is involved in chowing down a pan of these brownies!

Dark chocolate black bean brownies

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

1 15.5 oz. can black beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar or Xylitol
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
3 eggs
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or 1 shot of espresso
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped, optional
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, more if you like

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place parchment paper in the bottom of an 8X 8 pan. Grease the parchment paper. This will be your security blanket to make sure the brownies don’t stick to the pan!!

Place all the ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts in a food processor or blender and pulse thoroughly until smooth and well combined.

Pour batter in the baking dish. Top with nuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is dry and edges begin to pull away from the baking dish. Cool completely before cutting.

Black-Bean-Brownies

A Simple Song of Grace

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Last night, compelled to write, I sat down.

A song came out! I have only written one other song in my life…when I was 9.

It was right after my Catholic school class went to confession.

The song was called “I didn’t mean to sin”.

Last night…in the spirit of renewal, God gave me a new song.

I’ll learn to play the tune He gave me, but share the lyrics with you:

It’s called A Simple Song of Grace

by Shannyn Caldwell

I will sing a simple song of grace
I will sing a simple song of praise
A simple song about a King who’s battle won us everything
So I will sing a simple song of grace

And I will bring an offering to you
A hurting heart’s the best that I can do
A broken/contrite heart, my God, you say you won’t detest
I’ll wear that like a blanket and find rest

(bridge)
And I don’t sing because I have a voice
I sing to you because I have a song
And I will search of stillness in the noise
And seek hard after you my whole day long

And I will sit and settle down my soul
The voice inside it says “Be still and know”
And the hardest thing I’ve had to say is “I am yours Lord have your way”
But in surrender finally, I’m whole.

So I will sing this simple song of grace.
And I will sing thing simple song of praise.

It’s a song about faith and hope and love and mercy
Blessing those who chose to curse me

Reaching out to help then needy

Telling of the One who freed me.
Standing in the intersection, dying and then resurrection
First for Him and then for you and me.

(bridge)
And I don’t sing because I have a voice
I sing for you because I have a song
And I will search for stillness in the noise
And seek hard after you my whole life long.

So I will sing a simple song of grace
And I will sing a simple song of praise
A simple song about a King who’s battle won us everything
So I will sing a simple song of grace.

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You may know that right now, I am doing “a second round” of the 40-Day Healing Season...this time going after a tornado that has been swirling in my life since I was…like 7 years old.

I feel God restoring me. Renewing me. I’m reclaiming the Shannyn that “little girl Shannyn” was born to be.