{Gluten Free} Fudge Brownies

Have you ever had a dessert that was just amazing and tasted like a normal brownie, but it was gluten-free? And it’s main ingredient was….black beans? Well, back a few years ago my good friend (and now sister-in-law!) shared her black bean brownie recipe with me. I am so thankful she did!

Fudge Brownies

You would never know these brownies had black beans in them….they’re fudgy, slightly sweet and definitely chocolatey! Even my gluten-loving husband likes these brownies! 🙂


Ingredients:
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Cups Canned Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed Well
Pinch of Salt

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Process black beans in a food processor until smooth. Add eggs, oil, cocoa, sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder. Process again until very smooth. Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and pulse just a few times. Pour batter into the baking dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely, and then cut and serve. These are wonderful with vanilla ice cream!


Fudgy Brownies

I hope you enjoy them!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

{Simple & Easy} DIY Gift in a Jar

Happy Tuesday, y’all! If you are anything like me….you are still working on wrapping gifts and giving gifts. Yesterday I finished up my Christmas shopping and whipped up these easy DIY gifts!

Gift in a Jar

We have 3 neighbors that we absolutely love! They’re so sweet, helpful and wonderful to have around! I love making and sharing gifts, so I decided to whip up a big batch of my Healthy Trail Mix, put it in a decorated jar and give them away!

Gifts in a Jar- Easy

Instead of using dark chocolate chips, I used Christmas M&Ms to make it more festive. And Luke liked taking the extra trail mix to work!

Gift Ingredients

On the note I made a list of what was in the trail mix- just in case of any allergies I wasn’t aware of. We also wrote a little note. 🙂

Gifts in a Jar

I tied the notes onto the jars with some red ribbon and voila! You have some super easy and yummy gifts! I made these three (we had enough mix to make four) jars up in less than twenty minutes! Easy, peasy!

What’s your favorite gift to give to your neighbors? Are you still Christmas shopping?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Hosting a Party {the healthy way!}

Happy Monday, all! I can’t believe it’s so close to Christmas! I don’t think I’m ready for Christmas to be over. Can we have an extra week or two? Please?

Healthy Girls

I mentioned on Friday I was having our annual girls’ Christmas party at my house this year- which means I was in charge of organizing snacks. And what do girls like to do? Eat food. Seriously. But with trying to stay on track with healthy eating this holiday season- I hosted a healthy party! Here are some of the things people brought.

Healthy Cheeses

Who doesn’t love a good cheese tray?

Healthy Coffee

I made regular coffee and the girls flavored it with half & half and essential oils instead of creamer.

Healthy Cookies

These gluten-free, healthy cookies made by my friend Hannah, were to-die-for good!

Healthy FoodWe also had healthy roll-ups and a selection of nuts.
Healthy Fruit Salad

Yummy, yummy fruit salad!

Healthy Veggies

A veggie plate with hummus. That was a huge hit!

Heathy Glutenfree CrackersWe had regular crackers, and gluten-free crackers. We have quite a few girls who need gluten-free foods. I am so thankful to be surrounded by girls who support you in your healthy eating and a GF diet!

What are your favorite healthy snacks for parties? Have you ever hosted a healthy party?

Healthy Party

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Chocolate PB Protein Shake

Happy Monday, everyone! Who enjoyed their weekend? I know I did! Luke and I did a lot of fun Christmas-y things this past weekend. Friday night we went to a local Christmas parade, and Saturday we watched a Christmas movie and got our first real Christmas tree. So much fun!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite protein drinks! I made this up one day and fell in love with it. I make it at least once a week now!

Chocolate PB Protein Shake


Ingredients:
1 1/2 scoops protein powder (mine is chocolate PB)
1/4 cup ground oats
2 tbsp pb2
1/2- 1 cup milk
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana
coconut for garnish

Directions:
Blend all except coconut in the blender until desired consistancy. Top with coconut. Enjoy!


This is great for after a workout, an afternoon pick-me-up or a yummy breakfast!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

Y’all, it’s Tuesday. Shouldn’t it be Friday? It’s so rainy here in the South…and rainy days make me sleepy and want to just read all day long. But, sometimes life doesn’t let you sit and read all day.

Another thing I like to do when it’s rainy is bake. I have a 5k coming up on Saturday, so I’m trying to eat healthy foods only. So, instead of making something that would tempt me, I made something that was good for me! Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins….without flour or sugar! I had my running buddy over and since she’s gluten free too, I had her try one. Let me just say, she wanted the recipe. Most gluten free desserts are flat and dense. These muffins are so fluffy and slightly sweet. So good!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup coco powder
2 scoops of chocolate or chocolate/peanut butter protein powder
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes. Enjoy your healthy treat!

What other recipes do you use your protein powder in? Do you eat gluten free? Do you have anything you’re training for?
Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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