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Fat-Free Vegan Butter Bean Cookies

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

If I can turn black beans into brownies; why can't I turn butter beans into chocolate chip cookies?!

Yesterday in the HH chat room, Sina asked if I had a good recipe for butter beans. I told her I had a killer one but sadly, its in my cookbook so I can't share it.

Still, I didn't want Sina to sign off empty handed so I told her I'd work on a recipe. I remembered a friend telling me about butter bean cookies -- so I did a quick Google search to see what I could find. I stumbled across this recipe and used it as a model to develop one awesome (& healthy!) beany chocolate chip cookie! 

Recipe:Butter Bean Cookies


The best low fat and protein packed chocolate chip cookie you'll ever eat! Any white beans (butter beans, navy, cannellini, etc) can be used in this recipe.



Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a large cookie sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer 3/4 cup of the oats to a food processor and pulse, about 15x, until crumbly but not powder. Transfer to a mixing bowl and combine with flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cardamon. Whisk to incorporate and set aside. Transfer beans to processor then add applesauce, sugar, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of the bean liquid. Whiz until smooth. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir about 10 times. Add chips, remaining 1/4 cup oats and the rest of the bean liquid, stirring until combined. If the mixture is too wet, add more oats. If it's too dry, add a little water. Drop tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, leaving an inch of room between each. Bake 15 minutes, until edges are just turning light brown and middles are firm. They will firm a bit more as they cool. Check the bottoms to make sure they are golden brown.

Per cookie: 61 calories, 0.7g fat, 12.4g carbs, 1.4g fiber, 5.2g sugar, 1.3g protein

Celebrating Earth Day

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Every year on Earth Day (April 22) I ask my non-veg family and friends to try veganism for the day

Eating a wholesome vegan diet is about the greenest thing you can do for the planet and making decisions with your fork is a whole lot easier than planting a tree (though still plant one if you can!)

So this Earth day, why not choose plant foods and help curb carbon emissions?

Psst! The 30 WHOLE Days Challenge kicks off in 10 days! Have YOU signed up? 


Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Wow! 100+ people shared how they DO tofu! By far the most popular way to eat tofu was a la tofu scramble and other popular methods were sauteed and eaten on top of a salad or along side veggies; or slipped into a smoothie or dessert. Many tofu-ers also expressed they preferred freezing tofu -- which if you haven't done, you must try! It really changes the texture of the tofu to almost a meaty/ground beef-like consistency.

It was so fun to see how many ex-tofuphobes are out there (my people!) and I especially loved the comments where people proclaimed their love of tofu (I'm talking to you Tofussica!). It seems a lot of people DO Tofu!

The two recipes that stood out the most for me were the Tofu Tacos and the Tofu Jerky!

If I selected your recipe or your name; you should have an email from me :) 

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

p.s. If you want the recipes for the tofu tacos or the jerky, both entrants left their recipe in the comments :)