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Low Fat Guacamole Recipe (Edamole)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I know I preach a low fat lifestyle (hell, I author a fat-free blog!) and that is how I live and eat... but I'm not going to lie. I love avocados and I love guacamole. I figured, if beans can make brownies, there has to be a way to make lower fat guacamole, right? While this guacamole isn't fat-free (soybeans have fat in them) its still low fat and also high in protein. You could try substituting peas for the soybeans for a truly fat-free version.


Now, this 'edamole' doesn't taste the same as guacamole and the texture is a little different, but it's a great substitution and can easily pass for the real thing when slipped into burritos and layered bean dips. I fed it to Scott as guacamole and he didn't miss a beat. When I told him it was edamole, he quickly asked "is this my dinner?" and then ate all of it with baked corn tortillas!

Recipe:Low Fat Guacamole (Edamole)


This 'edamole' doesn't taste the same as guacamole and the texture is a little different, but it's a great substitution and can easily pass for the real thing when slipped into burritos and layered bean dips. 



Combine all ingredients except tomatoes in a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. If its too rustic, add 1-2 tbsp water. Stir in tomatoes and serve.

For a truly fat-free knock off, try using 2 cups of frozen peas (thawed). Also, a little avocado can go a long way. If desired, add 2-4 tbsp avocado for a more authentic taste but still with a lot less fat!

Fat-Free Vegan White Bean Strawberry Blondies Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I've always thought "Blondies" were a white brownie (of sorts). So when my black bean brownies came out better than I could have ever imagined, I wondered if I could do the same with blondies. I realized rather quickly, hell yes I can! 

To make the blondies, substitute white beans for black beans, pure maple syrup for agave, omit cocoa and add 1/3 cup strawberry jam and an additional 1/4 cup oats.

Recipe:Black Bean Brownies

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 9 servings


Dense, fudge-y and ultra-healthy, these brownies are a great alternative to traditional brownies! It's amazing how they taste like chocolate and fudge and not beans! Chef's Notes: Rolled oats run through the food processor may substituted for the instant oats. Use optional sugar if your bananas are still green and not very ripe.



Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8x8" pan and set aside. Combine all ingredients, except oats, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, scrapping sides as needed. Stir in the oats and pour batter into the pan. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing. Chef's Note: if you find these brownies are too soft or too fudge-y, add another 1/4 cup oats or flour.


Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Scott & I spent the weekend in Yosemite, easily one of the most beautiful places on earth. These pictures don't do Yosemite justice but I'm sharing them all the same. We also have over 100 photos up on flickr, including photos of deer! I was also pleasantly suprised with how vegan-friendly Yosemite and the surrounding areas are. In Yosemite, I was able to find plenty of vegan food from soy yogurt to alternative baking co. cookies to cereals, Amy's frozen foods and the usual: canned beans, soups, bread, etc. We stayed 13 miles south in Bass Lake (also exceptionally beautiful) and our campsite's 'lodge' offered a vegan boca burger which hit the spot after a strenous 6.6-mile hike to the top of Yosemite Falls.

Now for the picture show!


Hugging a giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove


Resting among beautiful giants in Mariposa Grove.


Yosemite Falls. We hiked to the very top of the falls!




Hiking is the best workout! Just pass the tree line...


At the Yosemite Falls Observation Deck. Elevation 6,740 feet.




Catching a rainbow on the way down...