Coconut Mango Popsicle, Healthy, Recipe, Summer, Treat, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Simple, Easy, Frozen
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So I’ve been a little slow with the recipe creation recently, but I have a good excuse. For almost a month I didn’t really have full use of my kitchen. It is quite a long story but I will give you the semi-short version…

Basically, we were removing the laminate floors from our new house and discovered we had a pretty bad mold problem. So me, my husband and our 6 month old daughter had to stay with my husband’s parents for a week, while the mold was cut out of the walls and they cleaned the air. When we were finally able to come back, our downstairs was all concrete with missing wall and ceiling parts so we had to live upstairs while they were rebuilding the downstairs. Our kitchen cabinets were all covered with plastic during the rebuild so we really couldn’t get to anything…so plastic forks and paper plates were our dinnerware. I pretty much only had access to the refrigerator (except when they moved it to replace the floor) and the toaster. I honestly don’t even remember what we were eating during this time…it was all quite a blur of frustration.

 

Baby V didn't mind staying at her Grandparents house for a week :)
Baby V didn’t mind staying at her Grandparents house for a week :)

 

And of course this all happened when my 6 month old daughter was just starting to eat solid foods so it really was not the most ideal time. I had to feed her in her high chair in my bedroom, and of course food would get thrown everywhere, including all over my bed. Luckily it is all over and we have nice beautiful floors downstairs that I will never redo as long as we live here.

This is what the downstairs of my house looked like for a few weeks
This is what the downstairs of my house looked like for a few weeks… it looks like a creepy basement

 

Anyways, with sincerest apologies for my lack of adding new recipes, I give you a coconut mango popsicle recipe and a promise that another new recipe is on the way next week :)

 

So onto the recipe…

 

Coconut Mango Popsicles, Easy, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Recipe, Vegan

 

Making your own popsicles out of real fruit is a great way to enjoy a summer treat and also get some great nutrients in for both yourself and your little ones. You can use fresh fruit that is in season, especially ones in abundance, like the mangoes down here in south florida during the summer. I definitely wanted to use up some fresh mangoes before they went bad and making popsicles out of them sounded like a great idea. Instead of making popsicles out of just fruit and sugar, I like to add a little flavor depth with things like spices, tea, or vanilla and a little bit of a dairy or non-dairy fat source. I find that adding a little fat really helps with the consistency of the popsicle so it is not too icy.

 

Coconut Mango Popsicles, Easy, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Recipes

Coconut Mango Popsicles

 Makes 6 Popsicles

Ingredients
2 Fresh Mangos or 2 Cups Chopped
1/2 Cup So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Beverage
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Agave Syrup

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 4 hours or until frozen solid. When ready to eat, run warm water over popsicle mold until you are able to easily remove popsicle from mold. Enjoy!
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Black Bean Brownies
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Replacing all purpose flour in brownie recipes with black beans can be a great start to make brownies more nutritious (less refined flour, more plant based protein and fiber), but sometimes they can turn out less than appetizing. After trying my hand at many different desserts containing beans, I have found two important rules. First, you need to mask the bean flavor with other stronger complementary flavors. Second, make sure you have enough dry ingredients.  If you don’t follow those rules, you end up with mushy bean dessert. Lucky for you, I already did all the baking and testing so you don’t have to subject yourself to some of my previous awful recipes :)

 

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If you like peanut butter, you can check out my peanut butter black bean brownies here. But if coffee and cream brownies sound more your style read on…

 

 

Black Bean Brownies

I originally shunned away from the idea of using coffee in black bean brownies because I was afraid it would be an overpowering flavor and I am not a huge coffee drinker. However, coffee does have a lot of antioxidants and research suggests health benefits, including reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes and alzheimer’s disease. Additionally I received a sample of Kohana Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate from Kohana Coffee to participate in their recipe contest, so it seemed like the perfect time to give it a try. I’m really happy I did try because the coffee really amped up the chocolate flavor, masked the beans and didn’t make the brownies taste overly coffee-like. Bonus antioxidants in your dessert are always something to celebrate!

 

Coffee and Cream Brownies

Ingredients
1 Can of Reduced Sodium Black Beans- Drained and Rinsed
2 Large Eggs
3 Tablespoons Strong Coffee (I used Kohana Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate)
4 Ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch glass baking pan with cooking spray. Add all ingredients except for chocolate chips into a good blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glass pan and sprinkle chocolate chips over batter evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool, slice and enjoy. Cover and keep refrigerated if saving for later.

***If you would like to vote for this recipe and/or my Berry Chocolate Iced Coffee recipe (it’s delicious too!) go to http://kohanacontest.com/contest/ and vote!

Black Bean Brownies
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