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Hi there! Mama here.

For most people, the thought of black beans in a brownie would be an instant deal-breaker, but consider this: One serving of black beans provides 42g of protein (that's 84% of your daily need!), as well as over 100% of your daily need for folate, thiamin, and manganese! Plus...they're super good.

With that in mind, I took a cue from a friend and added a pound of black beans to my usual go-to brownie recipe: a rich blend of dark cocoa powder and sweet chunky walnuts that makes a perfect combination of moist and fudgy but also soft and cakey brownies. When the black bean addition yielded rich, tasty results (seriously, you would have no idea those beans were in there!), I decided to take things one step further in an effort to intensify the heathful-ness of these chocolatey goodies.

Okay, so our other secret brownie ingredient is perhaps even more surprising than the first. *Hint* It's green, but it's probably not what you're thinking! ;) It's actually...are you ready for this? Zucchini! Sounds weird, right? It's actually not as strange as you might believe.

Think about zucchini bread. In theory, vegetables baked into bread doesn't sound super appetizing (well, to some of us health nuts it might sound pretty exciting), but once you taste it you realize it can add a surprisingly sweet quality. Same deal here. Not only that, but zucchini is an excellent source of many essential vitamins and minerals, most notably Potassium and Vitamins A and C, all important parts of a balanced diet.     

So if you're in the mood for something rich (and cholesterol-free and vegan, might we add!), give our new cakey, fudgey, quarter-pound Beany Zucchini Brownies a try!

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama

 
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Hi there! Mama here.

So things are busy as usual here at Sweet Home à la Mama. Baby is more mobile than ever, and loves to hang out in the kitchen while Mama and Papa make the goods (usually with his own little pot and pan collection to play with). He's taken an extreme liking to our NEW mini muffins and even asks for them at snack time. You know, he's really more of a toddler now than a baby...maybe we should refer to him here as Little Boy? In any case, you know who I'm talking about...the little guy with sandy hair that runs around the market collecting pebbles and playing with sticks!

Speaking of those muffins... Are you looking for a healthy snack or a fresh addition to your usual breakfast?  Well we've got some exciting news for y'all...there's a new product fresh from the Sweet Home Kitchen that's just waiting to be devoured! It's Mama's FAB (Flax Apple Bran) Mini Muffins, made with the obvious title ingredients along with dried fruits, nuts, and even shredded carrots. These muffins won't only satisfy your taste buds, but they'll help keep you regular, too! They were a big hit at the market last week, so make sure to come early if you want to get some. Contact us to find out more, or stop by the Grand Blanc Farmers Market and pick up a bag!

Anyway, we hope you're having a great week and that you'll drop in at the market some time to say hi, or even leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama