PB Raisin Cookie Balls

Today I had a craving for peanut butter raisin cookie balls.

They’re peanut butter, raisins, and some cocoa powder all blended together to make chewy, chocolaty deliciousness.

The recipe calls for nuts but I didn’t have any so this batch is without them.

PB Raisin Cookie Balls

Delicious!

PB Raisin Cookie Balls

(Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Fudge Baby recipe)

  • 1/4 + some Raisins
  • 1/4 Natural Peanut Butter
  • Almonds (or your nut of choice)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Cocoa (sometimes I prefer a scoop of chocolate protein powder)
  • Some Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips

Blend everything together until smooth. Add in chocolate chips and roll into balls. Enjoy!

This makes about 9 balls, depending on how large you roll them.

If you happen to have any left keep them in the fridge.

My Accidental Refried Black Bean Brownie Creation

This past weekend I made mmmisformommy.com‘s Legendary Black Bean Brownie recipe. Now, I love brownies and trying weird ways to make food so I was excited to give this a go.

My first task was to acquire black beans. I already had some dry ones but the recipe called for 19oz canned. The largest can I could find was 16oz so I figured I could use ½ cup dried beans to make up the 19oz.

I cooked the dried beans, rinsed them and added them to the blender. Next I opened the canned beans and dropped them in the blender but something wasn’t right. It smelled like dog food, was already mushed together, and was brown. I had bought refried black beans instead of regular canned black beans! It was too late. Once in the mood for brownies one has to move forward. I added the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips), blended it together and poured it in the pan.

I then mixed in the chocolate chips. Although, I realized later that the recipe says to “sprinkle with chocolate chips”. To add my own flair (and to erase some of the dog food smell) I squirted Hershey’s chocolate syrup onto the top in a zig zaggy design. I find where the syrup sit the brownie is more moist and chocolaty.

After 30 minutes I took the brownies out. They smelled like chocolate and faintly of refried beans. They tasted alright but for me not enough like chocolate. It probably would have if I had used normal beans.

My Accidental Refried Black Bean Brownie Creation!

I decided to take them into work and let my co-workers eat them. It would be a blind study; no one knows I used beans.

Turns out, they loved it!

My Legendary Black Bean Brownies (aka Stop or My Mom Will Toot!)
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp instant espresso
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

**Some Hershey’s Syrup on top