Hi, I'm Sasha, and I love brownies! I can say with 100% certainty that they are my ABSOLUTE favorite dessert. So you can imagine the dilemma I faced when I made the decision to stop eating chocolate. -__- I can't even remember the day I decided to stop eating chocolate, to be honest, but I know that it took a while for me to get to that point. Every week, every month, there was some change in my diet or lifestyle. But one could rest assured that if I went out to dinner with my friends or family and there were brownies on the menu..... You get the point.
So what's the big deal with chocolate???
Now would be a good time to throw in my disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor nor a dietician. I just know some things, but PLEASE don't take my word for it; do a bit of research of your own to verify.
Ok, so I'm a bug-in-my-food-a-phobe (keep reading; it relates). And I don't think it is a secret that the the FDA allows a small percentage of....questionable non food items in chocolate. But not even that could stop me. I was addicted! Oh, right, chocolate also has caffeine in it. Hence my addiction. But I'm not here to give chocolate a bad rep. Instead, I'd like to share my experience with "frownies" (fake brownies), black bean carob brownies to be exact. These were my attempt at appeasing my recent brownie craving. Well, to make a short story shorter, I made them and hated them! In short, they didn't taste like black beans, nor did they taste like brownies. They were simply a bite sized carob mistake. Hence the name FROWNIES!
As I reflected on this experience, I started to realize my true dilemma. I wanted to stop eating chocolate and my absolute favorite dessert, yet I wanted to replicate the very thing I was sacrificing for the sake of God and my body, His temple. I tried to have my cake and eat it, too (pun intended). But, like I said, I'm not trying to bash chocolate. Let's be frank. Chocolate tastes good. There is no substitute. There is no way to make a mouth watering brownie without it. Hmmm... So my mind got to thinking again. So many times, many of us try to be Christians. Or sometimes, some just try to be "good people". We look like a Christian at a glance, but one bite of our true character proves that we are far from the real thing. It's sad. It's repulsive. In fact, John writes about such "Christians" in Revelation 3. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Rev. 3:15, 16 Unfortunately, looking like a Christian is not enough. This is especially true for many long standing church goers. So many of us are missing the main ingredient. We're missing "the chocolate", to extend the metaphor. What is this chocolate? Matthew 1:21 says, And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. And Acts 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. And John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. This "chocolate" is Jesus Christ. There is no other way. We can't be rich, we can't have flavor, we cannot satisfy the cravings of those looking to us for love, if we don't have Him abiding in our hearts. Without Him, we are nothing. Oh, how I long to have Jesus flowing through every ounce of my being! Not even brownies can satisfy that craving.
Hi, I'm Sasha, and I love brownies. But I love my Savior even more. All I want is for Him to reign in my heart so that I can be what He desires me to be.
Oh yeah, I tried those "frownies" again. They weren't perfect, but I think they deserve a name change, at least -- crownies -- but I'll let you be the judge.
Black Bean Crownies Recipe
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 flax eggs (1 T ground flax seeds mixed with 2.5 T water)
3 T melted coconut oil
1/2 C carob powder
Heaping 1/4 C Roma
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Heaping 1/2 C raw sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Lightly grease standard size cupcake pan
3. Combine flax egg ingredients in food processor. Pulse to mix and allow to rest for 3-5 min.
4. Add remaining ingredients and purée until you achieve cake batter consistency (can add water if too thick)
5. Evenly distribute into cupcake pan
6. Bake for 30 min.
7. Allow to cool once removed from oven, BEFORE taking them out of pan. They are VERY delicate, so remove carefully with fork once cool.
Pecans or walnuts are wonderful topping options you can add before baking. Store in airtight container for up to a few days.
HEAVILY adapted from Minimalist Baker's Vegan Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies. Check her out; she's awesome!
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18