I saw these peanut butter Cheerio bars from Cookin’ Cowgirl and had some cereal on hand so I decided to make them. I used multigrain Cheerios and corn flakes. I didn’t have corn syrup, so I used golden syrup instead which actually made a really sweet bar. Now, I wanted to make the version in the smaller pan, but when I was done with the ingredients, it fit only in the larger pan.
These are really tasty and disappear quickly!
OK, which is better? A brownie from The Protein Bakery or a homemade black bean brownie?
Let’s do a side-by-side of the Wicked Mint Brownie vs the standard homemade black bean brownie. First of all, I love the green mint chips of the Wicked Mint Brownie. I was looking all over for these for St. Patrick’s Day to no avail.
Which one is prettier? Protein Bakery.
Which one tastes more like a brownie? Protein Bakery. It’s delicious. The black bean brownie is kind of bitter but still good.
Which one has a texture more like a brownie? Protein Bakery–it’s like a real brownie. The black bean brownie is a little wet.
Which one is healthier? The homemade one. Wicked Mint Brownie is 300 calories with 20 g of carbs. The black bean brownie has 56.5 calories.
What about the protein? The protein in Wicked Mint Brownie comes from whey while the black bean brownie’s comes from black beans. I prefer the beans.
Verdict: I’d save the Wicked Mint brownie for an occasional brownie fix when you really want a brownie. They are delicious and could potentially be addictive. The homemade brownies are snacks you can eat on a regular basis, and it would be perfectly OK to eat more than one.
I saw a recipe in the latest issue of Woman’s World for black bean brownies as part of a diet plan adapted from the South Beach Diet. I always look for low-carb sweets, so I decided to make them. The only change I made was using extra dark cocoa powder and adding cocoa nibs. It’s an easy recipe. Just combine a can of drained black beans, 4 eggs, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup Splenda, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor and process til smooth. Spray a square cake pan with cooking spray and put batter in pan. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Voila. These are very chocolatey and yummy, especially if you are on a diet! I would totally make these for kids to fake them out. Without the cocoa nibs, each square comes to 56.5 calories, 3.1 grams of fat and 1.5 grams of fiber. If you’re on Weight Watchers, that’s 1 point. Pretty sweet treat!