Thursday, 8 January 2009

Stand back - she's fibre-ed up!

I think I've officially had my fibre quota for the day:

Bfast: My home made super pooper scooper fibre rich muesli made from rolled oats, all bran, wheat bran, goji berries, linseeds and extra high fibre dorset muesli.

Snack: banana (we were out of apples)

Lunch: Baxters healthy choice carrot, bean and quinoa soup

Supper: chili con carne with wholegrain rice and broccoli

Pudding: chocolate brownie(s)

You probably think I've fallen off the wagon, don't you. Oh no my friends. These are chocolate brownies with a difference. They're made with the tiniest amount of butter, sweetener instead of sugar, wholemeal flour, lots of cocoa powder, eggs and ....a tin of kidney beans. They're really, really weird and should be vile. The children think they are. But they're strangely addictive. And best of all, they fill you up, take away your desire for chocolate and you can have just about as many as you like as they're a green light GI diet food.

However, I do feel as though I've maxed out on the beans and might explode if you walk to close to me with an open flame.

My halo is starting to get a little constrictive right about now with this healthy eating lark. No alchol during the week either. In fact only one glass of wine since 31 Dec (which has been infinitely harder to give up than chocolate and children's leftovers). I still don't appear to weigh any less or look any leaner but the virtuous glow you get from being good is much like a tan - it makes fat look just a bit better.

Right, think it's time for one more brownie and a bit of Masterchef to wash it down.


katyboo1 said...

I'm sorry. I'm just not going with you on the brownies made of kidney bean thing. I trust you on many issues but this is too weird. Having said that I did make courgette cake last year. It was vile...

Ali said...

What is the purpose of adding red kidney beans to the brownies? Surely they would be perfectly acceptable minus legumes. Having said that, please forward the recipe. Heh.

Home Office Mum said...

Ladies - the kidney beans add fibre and staying power. They make you feel fuller for longer and mean you use less flour. Such is the logic I think. Katyboo - I made courgette cake last year too and thought it was nice. Maybe I am weird, because as we know you are the cake afficianado.

Ali, I will dig the recipe out tomorrow and send it to you.

Home Office Mum said...

Right Ali, here's the recipe:

1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed
120ml skimmed milk
2 eggs (they suggest omega 3 eggs)
50g non hydrogenated margerine melted (I used butter and just used a bit less)
1 tbsp vanilla essence (which in hindsight I realised I left out entirely)
sweetener equivalent to 180g sugar (I used powdered canderel which equated to 13tbs of it)
60g wholemeal flour
60g unsweetenend cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
75g chopped toasted pecans (I used walnuts instead and didn't both toasting them)

In a food processor, puree the beans until course. Add in the milk, eggs, margarine and vanilla and puree till smooth. Set aside

In a large bowl, combine sweetener, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Pour the bean mixture over the flour mixture. Stir to combine. Scrape mixture into a greaseproof lined 20cm square baking pan, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake in 180C over for about 18 mins or until skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool on a rack. Eat and enjoy.

Can be stored in airtight container for 4 days or frozen for 2 weeks.

that girl? said...

God.. you sound like me.... cutting down the alcohol, increasing the fibre! Though Im not sure how much fibre there is in chocolate biscuits - oh well! But its Friday today so you can have a glass of wine tonight to celebrate your award from 39 and Counting!

Home Office Mum said...

Oooh That Girl. I've never ever gotten an award before. Thank you. Who would have thought a poo story could be worthy of such a fine thing. You'll be pleased to know I'm sure that our toilet is now blocked. I am convinced it's from the mega poo which never quite left. Husband's job to tackle this weekend. And yes, I shall celebrate with wine this evening. Thank you!!