Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies! A healthy dessert recipe that is gluten-free and grain-free too. An alternative to traditional brownies that is just as delicious and as always, good for you too!

If you go on Pinterest for recipe inspiration (like I often do), I’m sure you’ve seen some version of a chocolate dessert that substitutes flour for black beans. Then, like I often do, thought to yourself “gross, this can’t be good”! Yup, I did too – more than once, actually!

Then one day I decided to give this healthy, protein packed flip a try. I used my go-to Brownie Recipe and substituted the flour for 1 (15 oz) can of black beans and it worked. The beans blend well into the mix without funky smells, texture or taste!

Bonus: I added all the ingredients into the food processor (in two batches) and processed all the ingredients until smooth. Less mess in the kitchen which leads to more time enjoying these healthy brownies with Joe and Carolina!

We hope you love them as much we do and when you bake them don’t forget to tag us on INSTRAGRAM with the hashtag #Ourflipsidelife

Before we move on to the recipe I wanted to share some fun news. Joe and I have partnered with Fresh Direct as Ambassadors. We are huge fans and loyal customers of the online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in NYC. The food comes straight from local farmers and skilled artisans and is delivered to our door within days.

The best part – we get to try a variety of seasonal products and share new with you. If you’re in NYC and looking for high quality grocers that guarantee freshness and convenience we invite you to try Fresh Direct.

Ingredients

1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and dried

½ cup maple syrup

2 eggs

½  tbsp ground coffee

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup coconut palm sugar

2 tbsp arrow root powder

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

Peanut butter Swirl (optional)

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp coconut palm sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and set aside.

2. Add the beans, maple syrup, eggs, coffee, olive oil and vanilla extract into a food processor and process until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 min.

3. In a large bowl combine the cocoa power, coconut palm sugar, arrowroot powder and salt. Add the dry ingredient mix into the food processor and process together with the black bean mixture, 5-10 seconds until all the ingredients are mixed together and a brownie batter is formed.

4. Add about an inch of water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Set a glass bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the peanut butter and stir occasionally as it softens, 1-2 min. Once soft, remove from heat.

5. Add coconut palm sugar and vanilla extract to the melted peanut butter and mix well until the ingredients blend together. Then set aside.

6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan.

7. Drop big spoonfuls of peanut butter mix onto the brownie batter.

8. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the peanut butter mix into the brownie mix running the knife lengthwise and cross wise.

9. Bake 20-25min or until a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

10. Once cooled cut into squares, serve and enjoy.

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Black Bean Brownies
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coffee
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Peanut Butter Swirl
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm suger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coffee
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Peanut Butter Swirl
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm suger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 baking pan and set aside.
  2. Add the beans, maple syrup, eggs, coffee, olive oil and vanilla extract into a food processor and process until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 min.
  3. In a large bowl combine the cocoa power, coconut palm sugar, arrowroot powder and salt. Add the dry ingredient mix into the food processor and process together with the black bean mixture, 5-10 seconds until all the ingredients are mixed together and a brownie batter is formed.
  4. Add about an inch of water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Set a glass bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the peanut butter and stir occasionally as it softens, 1-2 min. Once soft, remove from heat.
  5. Add coconut palm sugar and vanilla extract to the melted peanut butter and mix well until the ingredients blend together. Then set aside.
  6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan.
  7. Drop big spoonfuls of peanut butter mix onto the brownie batter.
  8. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the peanut butter mix into the brownie mix running the knife lengthwise and cross wise.
  9. Bake 20-25min or until a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
  10. Once cooled cut into squares, serve and enjoy.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox

Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox Cake Mix.

Made with fresh Gala apples, FlipBox cake mix and other simple ingredients, it’s a perfectly delicious fall recipe that the entire family can enjoy!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen how I use the dry cake mix that comes in FlipBox to bake other healthy desserts. The mix is similar to vanilla boxed cake. It’s versatile, easy to work with and combines well with most dessert recipes. The best part is it’s made with simple and clean ingredients that not only taste good but are good for you too. #WinWin!

I prepare FlipBox cake mix according to package instructions, combine other ingredients to make healthy dessert alternatives. As easy as 1,2,3 🙂

Here’s how I used the cake mix to make Apple Pie Bread. Check out those crispy edges, soft middle and dairy-free ice “cream” on top! Trust me when I tell you it didn’t last very long in our house!

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread

Ingredients

1 package FlipBox Cake Mix, prepared according to package instructions
2 tsp apple spice
2 Gala apples, peeled cored and cubed

Toppings
Dairy-Free Vanilla ice “cream” (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan with coconut oil cooking spray
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine FlipBox Cake Mix ingredients according to package instructions
3. Add apple spice and combine, then gently fold in the apples
4. Transfer the batter into the greased baking pan and place in preheated oven
5. Bake 30-35 min or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean
6. Let cool before serving
7. Plate and top with your favorite dairy-free ice “cream”!
Insterested in ordering our cake mix? Send us a note at info@ourflipsidelife.com

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, and don’t forget to tag a photo #OurFlipSideLife on Instagram!

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Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce, a simple and delicious dessert recipe made with gluten-free brown rice flour, organic cocoa powder, and other clean, healthy ingredients. A must-try recipe! 😉  

The holidays are finally here and they’re filled with lots of fun activities, family get-together and, of course, food. I love sharing healthy dessert options like these muffins with dairy-free caramel sauce. They’re a delicious alternative to unhealthy holiday treats that help keep up with your healthy eating habits. Plus they’re:
 
Moist 
Tender On The Inside
Perfectly Chocolaty
Not Too Sweet
 
I promise you everyone will love them! 
Are you guys baking for the holidays? What are some of your favorite holiday desserts? 

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients

1/3 cup warm water

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup ghee, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cups coconut palm sugar

½ cup brown rice flour

½ cup tapioca flour

½  teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoons baking powder

¼  teaspoon ground coffee

Pinch of sea salt

 

Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk

½ cup coconut palm sugar

½ teaspoon tapioca starch

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Muffin Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 mini paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add the warm water and cocoa powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, coffee, and salt.
  4. Add the melted ghee, egg and vanilla extract to the cocoa mix and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  5. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Using a spoon, evenly distribute brownie batter among muffin tins and bake, 25-30min or until edges begin to crisp and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  7. Allow cooling completely then coat with a generous amount of caramel sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Caramel Sauce Instructions:

  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, tapioca flour, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce turns a dark amber color, 30-40min.
  4. Remove from heat. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and combine.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool.
  6. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with the #OurFlipSideLife

Also, our FlipBox Holiday Sale is live through Dec 25th! Make sure to get your orders in! You can order directly through the SHOP NOW link below! 🙂 

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and FlipBox

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Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

I know Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas doesn’t go together but we’ve gotta get these kids away from so much junk – don’t you agree? One way to do it is by adding healthier alternatives to the mix. Stores like Whole Foods, Amazon and Trader Joes are making it easier to buy better-for-you options that are just as yummy and fun to eat. Here are My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas tested and approved by Carolina and Joe! We do the test tasting so you can focus on cute Halloween costumes. 🙂
Caro can’t decide what she’s wearing this year – it’s a toss-up between Winter Else (cape and all) and a fairy with wings. I’m loving every minute of her excitement this year. I hear her singing “Trick or Treat Smell My Feet!”! She’s just too cute and I’ll have to share photos with you guys but in the meantime, you can also follow us on INSTAGRAM to see live stories of us on Halloween.
What are your little ones dressing up as? I can’t wait to see all the pictures. Happy (healthy) Halloween, guys!!!
My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas
Caro and I made these cute Ghost Donuts with FlipBox. We skipped the sprinkles and added candy eyes for a SPOOKY and healthy way Halloween treat that is gluten-free and refined sugar-free!! Readers of OurFlipSideLife get 10% off all orders of FlipBox with promo code LOVE2BAKE 
I promise they taste just like traditional candy corn and gummy fruits + they’re gluten-free, allergy-friendly and made with clean ingredients!
A favorite in our house. Carolina loves her bunnies and these are just too cute! Made with Whole Grain and no artificial ingredients.
 Say no to high-fructose corn syrup! These yummy snacks are made with natural fruit flavors and other good-for-you ingredients.
Not pictured because I got them late last night but holy moly (!) these are sooo good! Real milk chocolate and colored with veggies! These are the perfect addition to our Healthy Halloween Candy Dish!
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Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam

Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam

The recipe for these yummy Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam is a fall favorite in our house and Apple Jam is a delicious, easy and healthy way to use the apples from the Orchard, because, let’s face it If you went apple picking you have enough overpriced apples to feed the entire neighborhood! Am I right? 🙂
This recipe is low in sugar and made with simple ingredients like cinnamon and vanilla so you can skip the unhealthy ingredients of store bought jam and still enjoy a deliciously sweet and flavorful apple jam!
For the blog post, I added an easy Gluten-Free Pancake recipe that goes really well with the jam but feel free to enjoy it with crackers, gf bread, and desserts! This year I doubled the ingredients and made an extra batch to share with friends and keep in the fridge for later.
Joe and I like to add Apple Jam to our cheese plates! A little sweetness goes great with sharp cheese! Have you guys tried it?
Anyway, go get those apples ready for some homemade apple jam! The recipe is below. xo

Ingredients

Apple Jam

3 lbs of organic apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 ½ cup water

3 cups coconut palm sugar ¾ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

 

Gluten-Free Pancakes

1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp Himalayan salt

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp ghee, melted

2 eggs

Apple Jam – In a large sauce pan over medium heat, combine the apples and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let apples simmer until soft, 20-30min. Carefully transfer the cooked apples to a blender and puree. Add pureed apples, sugar, cinnamon and cloves to a clean sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil stirring consistently until the mix thickens. Remove from heat and let cool.

Gluten-Free Pancakes – In a large mixing bowl combine flour, monk fruit sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another mixing bowl combine vanilla extract, melted ghee and eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix using an electric mixer. Pour small amounts of batter onto a greased skillet over medium heat. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat steps with remaining batter. Spread a generous amount of apple jam onto the pancakes and top with fresh apple slices and cinnamon (optional). Serve and enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam
Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam! A healthy, easy to make and SO delicious recipe that is perfect for fall!
Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam
Servings
Ingredients
  • Apple Jam
  • 3 lbs apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes
  • 1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted
  • 2 eggs
Servings
Ingredients
  • Apple Jam
  • 3 lbs apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes
  • 1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted
  • 2 eggs
Gluten-Free Pancakes With Homemade Apple Jam
Instructions
  1. Apple Jam – In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let apples simmer until soft, 20-30min. Carefully transfer the cooked apples to a blender and puree. Add pureed apples, sugar, cinnamon and cloves to a clean saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil stirring consistently until the mix thickens. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Gluten-Free Pancakes - In a large mixing bowl combine flour, monk fruit sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In another mixing bowl combine vanilla extract, melted ghee, and eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix using an electric mixer. Pour small amounts of batter onto a greased skillet over medium heat. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat steps with remaining batter. Spread a generous amount of apple jam onto the pancakes and top with fresh apple slices and cinnamon (optional). Serve and enjoy!

Karla A Salinari

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Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles

Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles

Hello! Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles! A low sugar dessert recipe you’re going to love. Made with coconut milk, and sweetened with coconut palm sugar and fresh fruit, this healthy dessert or snack idea is delicious, easy to make and good-for-you too!

Carolina loves them and I’m sure you’re little ones (and adults) will too! Perfect as a healthy afternoon snack or back to school recipe idea – everyone wins!! Here’s how you can make them at home!

Ingredients

½ can full-fat coconut milk

1 cup frozen raspberries

½ banana

3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

Dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add coconut milk, raspberries, banana and coconut palm sugar into a blender and blend on high until smooth
  2. Evenly distribute chocolate chips into the bottom of each popsicle mold
  3. Pour raspberry mixture into each mold filling it to the top
  4. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze, 4 hours or until solid
  5. Gently remove frozen popsicles from mold, serve and enjoy.
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Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
A deliciously healthy dessert (or snack) recipe made with coconut milk and sweetened with natural ingredients! So yummy and refreshing!
Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles
Instructions
  1. Add coconut milk, raspberries, banana and coconut palm sugar into a blender and blend on high until smooth
  2. Evenly distribute chocolate chips into the bottom of each popsicle mold
  3. Pour raspberry mixture into each mold filling it to the top
  4. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze, 4 hours or until solid
  5. Gently remove frozen popsicles from mold, serve and enjoy.

Karla A Salinari

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Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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