Black Bean Brownies – yuck to yum!

Black Bean Brownies

 Listen, I thought the same thing – YUCK –  but my curiosity took over so we gave this recipe a whirl.  My opinion quickly shifted from yuck to YUM! 

Black Bean Brownies
These aren’t the ooey gooey brownies that I love so much, but they definitely satisfy a chocolate craving.
One little square with a cup of steam black decaf coffee or a small glass of red wine at the end of the day… life just seems right again.

 

Ingredients:
1 14 oz can of black beans, rinsed
2 large eggs
½ c. cocoa powder
¾ c. sugar
½ tsp. oil
1 Tbsp. almond milk (or can be dairy)
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. fresh ground coffee (grind coffee beans in a grinder or use instant coffee)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (divided)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.

Combine all of the ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  (At this point, I was smelling black beans and chocolate so was still skeptical.  Just wait, though, once they bake you too will be a believer!)

Fold in half of the chocolate chips.

Pour into the 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).

Mine came out a very cakey but with a very moist consistency and actually rose to about an inch thick.Black Bean Brownies

Go on… you know you are curious…
give it a try!!

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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Granola Time!

E & D Granola (Easy & Delicious)

imageBest breakfast ever… this amazing granola over the top of  vanilla Greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of deliciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day.   You just can’t beat the wholesome combination of savory and sweet.  I also love it at the end of the day with a little milk or over the top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   

I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional dried fruits, nuts, or flavors you’d like to add.   Yum, yum, yum… hope you enjoy!!!
Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (do NOT use instant oats, they will not taste as hearty)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  Toss well to evenly disperse ingredients.

In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.

Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed throughout the oats and nuts.  I don’t mind leaving “clumps” here and there – those clusters become a doubly delicious bonus after baking.

Split mixture between two cookie sheets.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color.  Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use any variety of favorite nuts.  All you need to do is keep the measured amounts of nuts the about the same and you should be all set.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
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Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
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Pretty (and simple) Tablescape

So I am a little late for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holidays… but just saw this tablescape and thought it was pretty neat. 

By the way, we did make the roses out of fall leaves, however I forgot to account for them drying out. Ours definitely get crunchy after about 24 hours. Putting stems in water would have been a good idea 🙂 (But, who has time for using their brains and common sense when we have the holidays to prepare for?? Oh well, there is always next year!)

Since the holidays are now over and our household only has science fair projects to think about this weekend – woo hoo! – I can fully access my brain and share the following common sense suggestions on the candle and wine glass décor:

-Drip some melted wax onto the base of the wine glass then place the candle on it which will help to affix the candle to the glass bottom.

-Remember:
The wider the wine glass, the steadier the base of the support.
Try different types of glasses as well.
The height and width of the candle, will affect it’s stability.

Get creative and try other variations under the dome of the glasses- candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, fortune cookies for Chinese New Year,  little shamrock plants for St Patrick’s day, jelly beans or colored eggs for Easter, colored Hershey kisses,  gum balls, figurines, rubber balls … have fun!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
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508-930-5259
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Existing Home Sales
New Construction
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You’ll be Thankful for this Cookie Recipe!!

Ariko’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC01454 Can not thank my good friend Ariko enough for this amazing cookie recipe! We met at San Jose State while both in Grad School way back in 1993 and I have been making these ever since.  For over 20 years I have shared this recipe with only a few special people.  Now in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I share it with all of you 🙂  (And don’t worry Leavey/McMorran/Hart Family…  I will still bake them to bring tomorrow along with 15 lbs of mashed potatoes.  Can’t wait to see everyone!!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend-
1 egg ¾ cup granulated sugar
2 sticks softened butter ¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Add –
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda … and blend.

Add –
2 cups 1-minute quick quaker oats … and blend.

And finally add-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes (should look soft and “not quite done”, my oven takes 11 min). Then let cool for 12 for minutes on cookie sheets. This gives you the perfect “still soft” cookie – yum!

**I often change it up too… for Christmas I add white chocolate chips and Craisons or for the oatmeal raison lovers just add raisons and a little cinnamon. These will always get rave reviews!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
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Great Fall Dessert for a Gluten Free Granny!

Wondering what to feed a gluten free Granny that will also make a Grand Auntie happy?  Well, maybe you haven’t pondered that exact thought, but we had some very special company this weekend and I needed something easy and gluten free to serve for dessert.

Gluten free easy apple delight We still had a bunch of apples to get through so I started with those and thought “hmmm… what about an apple pie without a crust”? Of course, we would need some vanilla bean ice cream to compliment that crustless apple pie.  Then it all just came together. I would  make the apple pie “goo” (filling), put the apple goo over the vanilla bean ice cream, and top it off with some of my homemade granola for crunch.  It was ssssooooo good!!! (and even easier than the previous apple sundae recipe I posted!)

Here is what I did…

5 medium size apples
3-4 Tablespoons butter
3-4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Homemade Granola
(all of these measurements are estimated, you can certainly adjust according to your taste, maybe add some nutmeg or clove too?)

Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the apples soften and you get some “gooeyness” to your sauce. Put a scoop of vanilla bean in a bowl, followed by a scoop of apple pie sauce, and finally top it off with the granola.

Happy Jen Granny and Grand Mary

Such a perfect end to our fall day in North Attleboro with my favorite in-laws… thanks for coming Granny, Gramp, and Grand Mary!!  Those smiles along with our clean bowls show how much we enjoyed that dessert.

Happy Granny and Jen

A little Vanilla and Cinnamon Baileys was also a nice treat 🙂

Apple Caramel Sundae to finish off your Fall Family Fun day!

apple bowl sundaesHave you had a little Fall Family Fun at a local apple orchard this weekend? 

Are you now looking at all of those apples and wondering how you could possibly get through them all? 

How about an apple caramel sundae using the apple as the your dish? 

Cute, delicious, and pretty easy…

 

Ingredients:
Apples                           Butter (if desired)
Cinnamon                     Vanilla Ice Cream
Sugar                            Caramel sauce (see below)

For some crunch: Granola (see recipe in blog or another favorite), Nuts,
Snyder’s Salted Caramel Pretzel bits (A new favorite!! Savory sweet crunch – umm!)

Directions:
1.  Heat over to 350 degrees.
2.  Hollow up the apples with a corer, melon scoop, or firm metal spoon.
3.  For richer flavor, rub inside of apple with soft butter (make sure to “dry” inside of apple so the butter sticks).  You can also skip this part.
4.  Mix your cinnamon and sugar together (use your own favorite proportions).   Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture inside the apples.
5.  Bake apples for 20 minutes and then let cool.  Once cool, scoop in your favorite vanilla ice cream and pour caramel sauce of them. For a little crunch, top with granola, nuts,  my new favorite pretzel bits, or get creative!

Caramel Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half and half
4 Tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat  whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until mixtures thickens.  Add the vanilla and cook one more minute to thicken sauce further. Turn off the heat and cool.  (You can store extra sauce in a jar in the refrigerator.  Just microwave for a few seconds to make sauce “saucey” again after refrigerating.)

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
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508-930-5259
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