28/01/2013

Black Bean Chocolate Cookies

I don't think I've ever posted anything actually food related on here, but hey first time for everything right?
These power-packs are my adaptation of this recipe at Green Kitchen Stories I recently found. I had never even thought that you could actually use black beans in baking as a flour supplement. At first I was slightly sceptic and on my first round trying to make these (these are Try n.2) I even put chocolate chunks into the mix since I was kind of afraid the black beans would be too empowering. They ended up being very very chocolatey and gooey and well gorgeous but maybe a bit too much even on my standards.
Which is why this time I decided to go a bit wild and experiment with the recipe more, which I think was a great choice! These cookies are just great power snacks since black beans are to be considered super food with pretty much only good stuff in them and I used hardly any sugar while making these, next time I think I'll leave it out completely.

170g(drained) black beans
2-3tbsp coconut oil
2tbsp nut butter (I used peanut butter)
2-3tbsp soy milk (or any plant milk)
Sugar substitutes:
2-3tbsp agave syrup
2-3 dried dates
0,5dl coconut shreds
+ 2tbsp brown sugar
4tbsp cacao powder
2tbsp rice flour
1-2tbsp almond flour
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
+ whatever you feel like, on half of these I put some chopped pecan nuts, but chocolate, other nuts, dried fruits etc would probably be great as well.

Preheat the oven in 180°C. Rinse the beans in cold water and drain them. Put the beans in a blender(or use a wand processor+bowl) with oil, nut butter, milk, agave syrup and the dates, blend till smooth. Mix all the ingredients still left together and add in to the mixture. Mix in the blender till combined(or use a spatula if working with a bowl). The batter should be like thick mouse. Drop a couple of spoonfuls in piles(should make around 9-12 small cookies) on a baking tray lined whit baking sheet and flatten them up and mold them with a silicone spatula. You can add the nuts/chocolate/dried fruits on top of the cookies or just throw them in the batter mix. I found adding them after molding the cookies easier. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Take them out and let them set for a few minutes before transferring them on a rack to cool.

I think I might start posting about some of the foods I try and make on daily basis. Mostly just to keep a record on the recipes I try but maybe they might also spark someones attention(?).

27/01/2013

Splurge on Buckles

black leather buckle boots ~ vagabond
Bought these gorgeous little babies yesterday, after I had been eyeing them several times at the store. And now they were on sale! Happy! I haven't bought new shoes in a quite some time so I gave myself the permission to splurge a bit on something I rather surely will end up wearing a lot. They feel really sturdy yet comfy and I've had use for simple shoes that will go with pretty much anything but still got some twist in them. And now I've got them!

07/01/2013

Some SALE's Shopping

grey+silver thread sweatshirt / ONLY
black&white texture sweaters / GT
black pleated midi skirt / Monki
black trousers / GT
These are some things I have found while I've been checking out the after Christmas sales. Lately I've been shopping a lot less clothes than I used to, and I've been on a hunt for certain kinds of pieces that would be easy to combine together, yet allow me to add some twist into my outfits with little details such as textures and different lengths that will come in handy while layering. And layering is something I'm very fond of since I'm not too keen on freezing my butt off when commuting from place to place in this cold windy weather we've been having. Hoping I'll get myself well again soon (I've been sick for over a month now, ugh) so that I'd feel more like putting effort into my outfits and that I'd manage to take some pictures of them. 
Keeping my fingers crossed xx

01/01/2013

MMXIII

Fingers crossed hoping this new year will be full of new experiences, people, tidings and life lessons of many sort.
I've got a hunch this year might become a rather great one.