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Stop what you are doing and brace yourself. You are about to be let in on a secret, this may be the best brownie in the whole world. It is definitely they best gluten-free brownie I’ve ever had. I’ve served this to dozens of people and they were all blown away by its awesomeness.

I have to thank Sarah at Gazing In for the original recipe; it contained wheat and oil which we avoid so I adapted it to meet our preferences. I’ve made several of Sarah’s recipes and I always enjoy them.

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Brownies (Gluten-free and Vegan)


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2/3 cup pureed cooked sweet potatoes (I just used a fork)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • up to 1/2 cup plant milk, start with 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional but recommended)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly spray an 8×8 pan. (This recipe doubles wonderfully, just use a 9×15 pan.)
  2. Put all of the ingredients except chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is mixed well adding more plant milk if needed.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips reserving a few spoonful’s. Spread the batter smooth and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on top.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, toothpick will not come out clean.


Allow these brownies to cool before cutting if at all possible. They can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature but you probably wont have leftovers unless you make a double batch. Unlike most gluten-free baked goods these taste great the next day.

I hope you try these! I know you will enjoy them. They are now my favorite dessert!

Vegan Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup sorghum flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • ⅔ cup pureed cooked sweet potatoes (I just used a fork)
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • up to ½ cup plant milk, start with ¼ cup
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips (optional but recommended)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly spray an 8x8 pan. (This recipe doubles wonderfully, just use a 9x15 pan.)
  2. Put all of the ingredients except chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is mixed well adding more plant milk if needed.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips reserving a few spoonful's. Spread the batter smooth and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on top.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, toothpick will not come out clean.


Last week my Chickpea-Quinoa Stir Fry was chosen as one of the favorites!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Peppermint (Black Bean) Brownies

Last weekend I held my first Food Demo. I had 22 ladies and two cute little babies come to taste a while host of plant-based dishes. I had a great time and I think they did too! I’ve even been invited to do similar Demo’s at a couple of the ladies homes.

There was so much to do I didn’t get much of a chance to share the “why” of adopting a plant-based diet, I focused more on the “you can eat real, delicious food” on a plant-based diet.

Dinner was Mexican food; it’s something that we really like and seems “normal” to people who don’t normally eat Plant-based. I had wanted to prepare a lot of different kinds of foods but as more ladies RSVP’d I knew I wouldn’t be able to prepare/store/serve that many dishes in quantities large enough for everyone to enjoy. I had a few more ladies RSVP that were not able to come. We enjoyed:

We also had lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and faux cheese sauce served with a choice of organic chips, corn or flour tortillas.  I demonstrated the faux cheese sauce for the group. One of my friends has been dairy-free for years, she LOVED it! There was also the obligatory veggie tray and hummus trio.

I also had a wide selection of desserts:

I had two ladies coming who are mostly gluten-free so I wanted to have at least one more gluten-free dessert. I came up with these brownies.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Brownies


  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (I spilled it and add way too much)
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Process beans in food processor.
  3. Add the rest of ingredients except flour and chocolate chips.
  4. Process until smooth then transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Stir in brown rice flour then chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into non-stick pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until done.


I cut these into bite size pieces for easy eating. They could also be cut into big pieces and served with non-dairy ice cream or even blended into a shake or other ice cream treat. I think these will be a go-to recipe at Christmas paired with candy canes or even red and green sprinkles.

Plant-Based Meal Plan for March 27, 2017

Last weekend, I created a lovely meal plan, then I woke up Monday with a stomach bug. I spent the rest of the week not eating from my plan. I was sick for a few days, then my stomach was too sensitive for a few days after that. I’m finally back to normal and plan to eat well this week.

I plan to keep things pretty basic this week. I’m not quite ready for complicated meals. Besides, I find it easier to follow a meal plan if it is “plain” foods.

This week will also wrap up our month long accountability group. You can still join in but we aren’t “officially” doing another challenge yet. I’m working on a few ideas though.

A Plant-Based meal Plan for Spring that the whole family will love.

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Plant-Based Meal Plan


Toast with fresh fruit

Baked Potatoes

“Cheesy” Broccoli and Rice Casserole in the Crock Pot


Instant Pot Oatmeal

Veggies with hummus

Potato Soup in the Crock Pot


Overnight Oats


Mexican Rice and Unfried Black Beans


Breakfast Rice

Baked Potatoes

Busy Night Pasta


Strawberry Banana Muffins or Banana Bread


Chickpea and Rice Soup

I’m planning a good mix of Crock Pot and Instant Pot recipes this week. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Air Fryers. Apparently, you get crispy veggies without using oil. If you’ve used an air fryer let me know what you think and what brand you prefer. 

If you need some sweet treats I have a few recommendations! Try these Double Chocolate Donuts (they are made with Brownie Bite mix),  No-Bake Bites, or Brownies. Wow, I guess I have chocolate on the brain. Banana Pudding Ice Cream is a great non-chocolate version.

Secretly Healthy Double Chocolate Donuts

I’ve partnered with Zemas Madhouse Foods to bring you a recipe for Secretly Healthy Double Chocolate Donuts. All opinions are my own.

We eat a plant-based diet but it’s easy to get off track. After all, who doesn’t love vegan nachos? I can go overboard with the tortilla chips. On March 1st we decided to clean up our eating, it is National Nutrition Month after all.

I invited you all to join me in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook group. We’ve been having a daily accountability check in! It’s been fun seeing what everyone is doing to stay on track.

Buying and preparing the right foods is crucial to eating healthy. For me, that means eating mostly unprocessed foods and that when I do eat something that is processed, it uses healthy ingredients.

When I’m eating the healthiest, it’s because I’m prioritizing food prep. That doesn’t necessarily mean batch cooking, although you can do that if it works for you. That means if I’m going to eat something, I’m going to take the time to make it. Usually, I’ll make extra so I can have leftovers.

That also means I can’t deprive myself. I’m not someone who can function if I’m hungry. I’m not a nibble on some carrot sticks all day kind of girl. I need food, preferably beans or potatoes or both.

My kids are like me, except there is no end to their eating. They are always hungry and almost always eating. We rotate through standard snacks between meals like fruit, smoothies, popcorn, etc. Sometimes I surprise them with treats that make me the best mom in the world. Treats like these donuts!

Secretly Healthy Double Chocolate Donut are top 8 allergen free and delicious.

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Let me let you in on a secret, these donuts are really black bean brownies bites. I’m so tricky! Go ahead and insert evil villain laugh.

See, I used to make all my gluten-free treats from scratch. I needed several types of flour, leavening agents, egg replacers and other ingredients that practically took up a whole shelf in my pantry. I don’t have that kind of real estate. Then when I went to actually bake, one of my flours would be past its expiration date.

I had had enough and decided to stick with mixes. It was so much easier to bake when I didn’t have to worry about all of the ingredients. The hard part was finding a mix that was actually healthy.

Zemas Madhouse Foods baking mix is made with ancient whole grains and is gluten-free and vegan.

I discovered Zemas Madhouse brand of mixes this year and was pleasantly surprised when I read the ingredient list. They read like actual ingredients you would buy if you cooked from scratch. You can’t say that about most mixes.

Black Bean Brownie Bites! are top 8 allergen free and delicious.

Their mixes are vegan, gluten-free, top 8 allergen free and non-gmo!

Black Bean Brownie Bites! are top 8 allergen free and delicious.

I decided to take their Ancient Whole Grain Black Bean Brownie Bites mix and give it a try! WOW! No one would believe there were beans in the mix!

Then I took it a step further and transformed them into donuts. All you need is a donut pan. That’s right, these are baked, not fried.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Double Chocolate Baked Donuts

Did you think it was possible to get a baking mix that was full of good for you ancient whole grains, no fillers and are top eight allergen free, rice free and corn free?

Try making these donuts (or the mini-muffin form) the next time you need to take a treat to a get-together!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Double Chocolate Baked Donuts

Secretly Healthy Double Chocolate Donuts

You’d never guess these donuts (or mini muffins) are healthy! Shhh…don’t tell your family they contain ancient grains and black beans, they would never guess!

Secretly Healthy Double Chocolate Donuts
This recipe can be used to make brownie bites in a mini muffin pan or baked donuts.
  • 1 box Zemas Madhouse Foods Black Bean Brownie Bites Mix
  • ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces of water
  • ¼ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray cooking oil into the donut (or mini muffin pan) and set aside.
  3. In a blender, puree black beans, vanilla, and water; set aside.
  4. Pour entire mix into a bowl and add liquid mixture, combine thoroughly.
  5. Fill donut pan (or muffin cups) ¾ full.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes, Cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

Store leftovers in an airtight container or freeze in individual servings for easy snacking.

Don’t forget the glaze for the top of donuts. It’s the easiest thing ever!

Simply melt 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of your favorite peanut butter (or peanut butter alternative) in a small bowl and stir. That is all. You get a thick and rich glaze that is delicious on donuts, strawberries, pancakes, banana bread and anywhere else you want a rich, chocolate treat.

This post was sponsored by Zemas Madhouse Foods. All opinions and words are my own.

Valentine’s Week Plant-Based Meal Plan

Our Plant-Based Meal Plan this week will have a slight nod to Valentine’s Day. I’ll also have a new recipe (more like an allergy-friendly treat hack) later this week.

The great thing about living a plant-based lifestyle is that it’s already heart healthy. If that is not Valentine’s worthy I don’t know what is.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

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