Oh, I think I'm going to cry. I'm just so grateful to have had the opportunity to work (I use the term loosely, since I was an unpaid intern) with such amazing people.
And now, since I have time on my hands and *finally* got access to a functional oven (go figure that it'd be in my last week here), I'm going crazy in the kitchen.
No, really. What else do you call it when you bake a chocolatey dessert with whole grains, beans, lettuce, and stevia (don't forget to enter my giveaway before Dec. 4!) all at the same time? These are the brownies featured in my WIAW.
1 small head of lettuce (or 1/2 of a regular one), rinsed and chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
250 g. giant white beans, rinsed
~100g kidney beans, rinsed
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. shredded flax seeds
1/2 c. almond meal
1/2 c. whole wheat flour (or white flour, oat flour, gluten free flour, etc.)
1/2 c. baking cocoa
7 packets of NuStevia NoCarbs Blend
2 Tbsp. milk (or almond/soy milk, to make it vegan)
1) Blend the lettuce, oil, and beans to a mush in your overworked blender (or fancy food processor, depending on what end of the food chain you stand on).
2) Mix the baking soda, baking powder, flax seeds, almond meal, whole wheat flour, baking cocoa, and NuStevia in a separate.
3) Add the lettuce mush to the dry ingredients, don't overmix. Add milk to thin, then sample the batter. If you want it to be sweeter, add more stevia (or alternate natural sweetener) to taste.
Best part of baking egg-free? EATING THE BATTER! :D
4) Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes.
5) Slice, then freeze/refrigerate to set.
OH MY PRICKLY PURPLE PETUNIAS. This is one taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastilicious deep dish brownie, especially topped with a scoop of quark or vanilla ice cream. If you're feeling like having a tastegasm, add some microwaved raspberries (just to the point that the juice starts running out) and then wonder how on earth something so healthy can be soooooo delicious.
* Healthy fats (olive oil, almond meal, flax seeds)
* No sugar (just stevia)
* Antioxidants (dark chocolate)
* Whole grain
* High protein (legume city, guys!)
* Veggie serving (lettuce)
Sounds healthy to me, doesn't it sound healthy to you? I mean, you could eat several servings as a healthy meal, if you aren't the type to be overwhelmed by so much sweet and indulgent awesomeness. I'd rather eat this than a bowl of bean chili any day of the week!
Sadly, I have no pretty pictures (I made it late at night and the lighting is crappy). But trust me, it's delicious. Especially crumbled on top of yogurt. Or served a la mode with vanilla bean ice cream (the good stuff) and peanut butter ALL OVER. :P
Did you try the recipe? Please link back if you do, and please let me know if you post about it - I want to see your thoughts! :)
Have you grabbed the button, made your bucket list, and joined NaNeFoMo yet? I'm hoping that's a yes! If you post about your NaNeFoMo eats, I'd love it if you'd email links to those posts to livinglearningeating (AT) googlemail (DOT) com. I'm going to try to do wrap-up posts every now and then (ideally every week) with links and pics from some of your awesome new eats! :)