Just Desserts

I was going through some of my old food photos & came across some sweet treats that I thought would be good for a little temptation...er, I mean ~ inspiration.  Enjoy!

Low-Fat Black Bean Brownies, Vegan & Gluten-Free ~ Very unusual  recipe, a dense & almost fudge-like brownie.  It's made with black beans, bananas & gluten-free oatmeal.  I sprinkled some chocolate chips on top, just before baking & added a drizzle of chocolate syrup when serving.  (just upping the chocolate factor)  I bet walnuts would be good in them, too.  J liked them, but then, he likes anything with chocolate.  He had no clue that they had black beans in them, you won't either ~ you just can't tell.  After spending a few days in the fridge, the brownies tasted even better.  It's an easy way to get more veg/fruit slipped into the meal. I will make them again. :)

Granola Bars/Cookies ~ with Chocolate, Almonds & Dried Cranberries ~ This was featured in our Sunday paper awhile back.  They were good, but too rich/sweet for a true granola bar. I ended up cutting them into 1" cookie 'bites' & we enjoyed them so much more.  That way they're a perfect  little treat with a cup of tea, coffee, milk or for an after school snack.   As a cookie, they would be a nice addition to any holiday cookie tray.   To make them a fancier 'cookie', I would drizzle some melted milk/dark chocolate chips on them when they're done cooling.  I do love my chocolate...  :)

Quick Peach Cobbler ~ This is a super simple dessert recipe from the Betty Crocker website.  I made a few changes ~ I used skim milk, Heart Healthy Bisquick & sprinkled some oatmeal on top, just before baking.  Easy way to cut the calories a bit & up the fiber. This is such an easy way to make this classic dessert.  

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