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christaalyssaA+
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Black Bean Brownies!!! YUMMY!!!

I found a really great recipe and substitute white sugar for a bit of agave. These were just like the real thing! And were completely flourless!!! Plus... they made me poop real good too! lol


15 ounces or 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
3 tbsp compliant oil
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract ( I used real vanilla bean, half of the pod pulp )
1/2 cup agave

These were way yummy and I didn't feel like I wanted to eat the whole pan of them either! Yay! A recipes that cures the sweet tooth while also being really yummy!


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Ooh, thanks for posting that recipe Christa....I am going to try it with carob because cocoa isn't
my friend due to the caffeine.  I'm sure it will taste fine with carob.    

Can you please share your baking time and temperature of oven?


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I am going to try it with carob because cocoa isn't
my friend due to the caffeine.  I'm sure it will taste fine with carob.


Is that why I can't have cocoa - because I selected caffeine sensitive in my SWAMI? I was wondering... sometimes it makes me want to go back and re-run SWAMI with that unselected  

That's an unusual recipe Christa using the black beans, but what a great way to get your vege protein while enjoying a healthy treat at the same time  
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Also - was that agave syrup you used, or can you get it in a powder form? I always wonder about substituting the agave for sugar as it must make it so much runnier??
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Ladyhawk58, I checked off caffeine sensitive and got no cocoa, but perhaps there are other
reasons as well...

I bought agave in powdered form from this site....http://therawfoodworld.com/index.php%5C?main_page=product_info%5C&products_id=1002432

carob powder doesn't have the same fat content as cocoa so I suspect the recipe might call for a bit more
fat...or some vegetable glycerin to prevent dryness.  That is assuming you're substituting carob powder plus agave powder in this recipe for cocoa and agave nectar liquid.  I still think carob is going to be drier than
cocoa.


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The powder of the cocoa was needed to bring the whole recipe together. Without the powder I don't know how it would work. IF you can find carob powder that would be interesting to try instead. Good idea.


I baked it at 300 F for about half an hour or until it was it done all the way through.

I used agave syrup and it was a good consistency. You could use sugar... I just can't. Thanks Swami!


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Thanks Chloe and Crista - I will use the agave syrup and the carob, as I have both of those, and see what happens. I made a lovely torte the other day, with a couple of black dots for me - sugar and chocolate, but it was very popular and good for a special occasion:

http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2008/06/almond-chocolate-and-date-torte-recipe.html
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The powder of the cocoa was needed to bring the whole recipe together. Without the powder I don't know how it would work. IF you can find carob powder that would be interesting to try instead. Good idea.


I baked it at 300 F for about half an hour or until it was it done all the way through.

I used agave syrup and it was a good consistency. You could use sugar... I just can't. Thanks Swami!


What was your pan size, christa?....



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Green tea is supposed to be good for detoxing and weight loss.


Gluten/Casein and Yeast sensitivity.
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I made the black bean brownies with agave syrup and carob powder.  

Batter was very thin.  Not sure whether that meant I needed to use agave powder instead of
the syrup or whether I needed to use a little extra carob to compensate for it's unlikeness
to cocoa in texture.

Result was that batter had to bake at 325 for at least 40 minutes or more to get rid of the wet
middle...but I used an 8 x 8 pan and perhaps a larger, flatter pan might have worked better.  

I also added a bit of baking powder and baking soda (about 1/2 tsp of each) because I wanted
a cake-y result more than a fudgy result. If given a choice between fudge or cake, I prefer
cake.

Also I added some chopped walnuts.

Overall opinion is that these were great in taste but were a bit dry in texture.  Could be
because I wanted a cake-y result and should have not used the baking powder and baking
soda. Or because of the size of the pan being too small....having to bake it too long.

But taste was great with carob powder....and probably it's even more awesome with cocoa..

I cut the batch up into squares and froze it in 4 portions, so I wouldn't be
tempted to eat it all up!   Really too yummy to have all this goodness lying around


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Chloe,
I also bake with almond flour or meal AND eat almonds or almond butter just about daily!
I don't have any whorls!
Did Swami give you a high percentage of GT 3 teacher?


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I just noticed that there are a good number of " teachers " that are gluten sensitive! Moi aussie!
Now, I am wondering about the number of teachers that are A2, gluten sensitive and have sinus allergies?


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SWAMI called me a 43% Teacher.  

Here's the thing about the sinus issues for me.  When I began my SWAMI, I had been following
(in error) the Warrior diet for 18 months. I just measured incorrectly and honestly couldn't believe
I'd be a genotype that was allowed to eat dairy. So, in some way I sort of guessed myself to
be a Warrior, which I clearly wasn't once my DH measured me for my SWAMI.  I was a person who had followed the BTD for almost 20 years and ate no dairy in all that time.  So, when all this
cheese was in my diet, I was walking around with one headache after another...a stuffy nose...
bloat, gas, indigestion....My body went through a complete rebellion when I added dairy.   I told
SWAMI I was lactose intolerant but it gave me no place to list my real allergy -- casein intolerance... which I got from allergy testing in the early '90s.  Casein is the protein in dairy and it was one of my highest reactive foods.

But once SWAMI called me a Teacher I decided that I would attempt to tolerate those dairy
superfoods and diamonds, no matter how long it took me.

I began with gouda....any grass fed dairy I could get that was a diamond on my SWAMI.....Usually cheese made in foreign countries, sold in the USA, came from cows that were pasture fed.  And pecorino cheese is from a sheep... I found when I tried cheese from a cow that might have been fed grains, I reacted with a stuffy nose.  So for nearly a year, I only ate cheese that seemed safer.

And then eggs.....I also reacted as a "5" (the highest) when tested in the early 90s for eggs
and eggs are a diamond food on my SWAMI.  I kept reacting to eggs early on when I started
my SWAMI.  Mostly with headaches.  I switched to eggs that were high in DHA and felt better.

So going back to sinus problems and the gluten relationship.  Gluten for me causes celiac....diarrhea and skin problems.  Severe.  I've been off gluten for over 5 years and got rid of my severe gastric problems.  But eating gluten never caused sinus problems for me specifically..

I believe if you have sinus problems, you still have serious gut problems...and these low overgrowth cheeses help heal the gut.  And that's why I kept pushing myself to eat them...
stuffy nose or not.  And then eventually my breathing improved.  I just don't think  you can
be a true Teacher and not eat any cheese.  Yet, I'm a Teacher not eating any gluten grains.
But gluten grains aren't all that prominent on my SWAMI. Cheese IS!

Only food that caused bad sinus problems for me was cheese.  So two years on my SWAMI and I can now eat a lot of my beneficial cheeses without having sinus problems.

Another thing to consider in relationship to sinus problems is mold.  Do you live in a moldy
environment?  When I was allergy tested, one of my highest airborne allergens was mold...
dozens and dozens of different molds.  But now that my overall immune system has improved,
mold doesn't affect me anymore.

Have you been allergy tested for airborne allergens?

Even so, I still think your gut is the issue.  More than 60% of our immune system is located in our gut!


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Chloe,Thanks for sharing.
I do eat a few of the teacher hard cheeses  (and LOVE them) without a problem. I have been tested for food allergies and know that I am gluten sensitive. Wheat, millet, barley,and cow and goat dairy were all "3's" for me. I have not been tested for airborne allergies.  I asked my ENT allergy specialist about that and he said (after reviewing my records and doing tests) there was no doubt that I had "reactions to mold, dust, etc." He said we needed to clear out my sinus cavities, remove polyps and more turbinate tissue before performing any additional allergy tests.
I live in a very dry, windy, sandy/dusty and high altitude environment and have always experienced the short seasonal type ( spring/fall) allergies. Its only been the last few years that I have had major problems.
I agree that I need to finish healing the gut. I am trying to eliminate the bacterial overgrowth and avoid eating any triggers as per the ER4YT book and encyclopedia.
My Dad has had allergy issues most of his life but he is O-.  Mom is A+ and is fine.
I was just curious about the similarities mentioned above.
  


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are you A2 cajun?


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How important is it to know -    A2 , A1 this kind of information?
Does it have to do with RH + or -.   I'm RH+ but I couldn't figure out how to add it.

Chloe - glad to hear you are doing so good.  It's grt you can eat cheese now without sinus problems. I see you narrowed the field by choosing cheese from grass fed animals.  I wondered if cheese made from raw milk would make a difference. If there is such a thing.
There is a lot on the list in the book. Did Swami narrow down the list?

I thought the Dairy = allergies = sinus infection was a non-secretor thing.

These days I eat only yogurt (home made) and once in a while a bit of cheddar or parmesan.
If I can ever get the Swami done I'll try cheese again.

Wheat is definately a no go for me.

Dust --I'm very allergic to dust and mold.


Christa the brownies sound wonderful. Saved the recipe. I will probably use honey. Isn't Honey  sweeter then Agave - so maybe 1/3 cup?  Does that sound right?
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added your RH positive for you......had only A1 or A2 options....
if you ever get a serotyping panel done or wish to change your setting to A2 nonnie positive, you can go ahead and do it up in member center, avatar settings....
make sure you hit save


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Lola,
I haven't had the serotyping done yet. I want to know before I get my Swami.
Just a hunch, I think I'm A2.

Purlgirl,
I am a secretor and have had sinus trouble all of my life...mostly as an adult.


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SWAMI narrowed down my dairy list to these cheeses:

This is my superfood list and I love them all....I have bought gouda which was raw but I'm
pretty sure also from a grass fed cow.  I seem to do better on sheep's milk cheeses.

Colby Cheese
Edam Cheese
Feta Cheese
Ghee, Clarified Butter ◊
Gorgonzola Cheese ◊
Gouda Cheese ◊
Gruyere Cheese
Jarlsberg Cheese
Manchego Cheese ◊
Muenster Cheese ◊
Parmesan Cheese ◊
Pecorino Cheese ◊
Provolone Cheese ◊
Romano Cheese ◊


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Lola - thank you so much for fixing avatar settings (looks cool) and the references.  I saved them to read off line. I love learning this stuff. My health has improved so much.

Cajun - thanks for clearing up my misconception about sinus problems and non-secretor/secretors. I think I got that idea bc there are 5 of us in my family and I have always been the odd duck. (allergies, acne, intestinal problems.)  

When we were small mom got milk from a dairy near by - thick layer of cream on top. Wish I could remember if it effected me neg. I do remember reacting to milk in my school years - but  by then I'm sure it was not the same food. (pasteurized and homogenized)

Chloe - I love seeing your personal cheese list.  Love Manchego. Dying to do Swami.  Love to hear how you feel, improve.  

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Oops sorry.... I put double the cocoa powder. *feeling stupid* I looked back to see what I posted. I than made it again tonight and realized I had double it. Once again... sorry about that!


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Oops sorry.... I put double the cocoa powder. *feeling stupid* I looked back to see what I posted. I than made it again tonight and realized I had double it. Once again... sorry about that!


your recipe calls for 1/3 cup of cocoa powder....What is half of 1/3???  

I'm confused. Is the recipe wrong or did you accidently double cocoa powder when you made it.

What is the correct amount of cocoa powder?




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Quoted from Chloe
your recipe calls for 1/3 cup of cocoa powder....What is half of 1/3???  

What is the correct amount of cocoa powder?

Chloe,
1/2 of 1/3 is 1/6...  I'm assuming that would be the correct amount from the wording of the post, but we'll have to wait for a response from Christa to be sure...


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I meant that I doubled the 1/3 when I made it. And forgot that I had when I wrote the amount online here. I think my agave is more a thicker consistency than yours is also. My mother made this recipe with a new container of agave (I had mine covered with a cheese cloth to let it breath- a friend of mine told me that it would be "happier" agave this way lol) and she said it was a lot more runnier even with doubling the cocoa. I'd say make your own recipes. Do whatever works for you. If it's runny add more cocoa. If you don't like the consistency don't use agave and find a powder or other form of dry sweetner if you can. I'm going to keep playing with this recipe. I hope you guys do to! Well, those of you that can eat black beans.


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