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Classic Black Bean Recipe

  This weekend I decided to experiment.  After playing with several variations, I came up with the perfect combination of sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness without any bean flavor.  I even gave it to my son and he had no idea! Preparation Time:  15 minutes + Bake: About 15 min = Total time 30 min Makes about 9 brownies From your Pantry: 1 can Classic Black Beans drained and rinsed ½ cup oats ½ tsp baking powder 2 Tbs cocoa powder ¼ tsp salt 1/3 cup maple syrup 2 Tbs sugar ¼ cup coconut oil 2 tsp vanilla ½ bar of dark chocolate, broken into pieces Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 8x8 pan Combine all ingredients in food processor (except chocolate bar) Mix until well blended – this can take about 10 min If you need to save time, use oat flour (see tips to make your own) Fold in dark chocolate chunks and sprinkle a few pieces on the on the top Bake in for 14-16 minutes Cool and serve slightly warm    Food Science Tip:  Grind oats in coffee grinder to save time on blending and give you a smoother finished texture.  

Addictive Roasted Chickpeas

Seriously from your pantry comes a late-night snack, a salad topper, a crunchy bite to a stir fry.  Just crisp up and let your imagination experiment with the flavors (variations below) Pantry Ingredients: 1 can of 8 Track Foods Organic Blonde Chickpeas (drain and pat dry with a dish cloth)...

Buffalo Chickpea Dip

Great dip for parties or tailgates!  Buffalo Chickpea Dip with artichoke hearts

Cajun Red Beans and Rice

We made this dish on our local Chicago station, WGN.  So yummy! Feeds 6-8 |Preparation - About 30 minutes (great make ahead meal) Ingredient List From your pantry: 4-15 ounce cans of 8 Track Dark Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed. Save the “bean water” 1 medium yellow onion, diced...

Fork Smashed Chickpea Salad

Inspired by the  classic tuna salad recipe Serves 2 |. Preparation: 10 min Ingredients:  From your pantry:  1-15 ounce can 8 Track Foods Blonde Chickpeas, Drained   2 tsp mayo (vegan mayo works too or you can use hummus)  salt to taste  ¼ red onion, finely diced  1 tsp Italian Seasoning ...

Black Bean Street Tacos

On a trip to Cabo with my brother and some late-night drinking, we found ourselves intoxicated by the cities packed streets and taco vendors.  The simplicity of the food mixed with the energy of the night inspired these simple vegan street tacos.  Trying to recreate the moment with some friends,...