Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Brownies (vegan, gluten free)

These blender brownies are one-bowl (meaning, the blender bowl) and are sort of healthy. I mean, it’s a brownie, how healthy can you really get? Gluten free, vegan, and perfect for indulging any chocolate craving.

These sweet potato peanut butter brownies are one-bowl (the blender bowl) and are sort of healthy. I mean, it's a brownie, how healthy can you really get? Gluten free, vegan, and perfect for indulging any chocolate craving.

Hi friends.

I fancy myself a food blogger (ha), and as such, I hesitate to speak politics here. Food blogs are perhaps spaces that should be free of ugly realities; dedicated only to idle chatter and kitchen high jinks. I feel like I’m usually pretty good at containing myself to those margins.

I’m not going to do that today. First off, treating others with integrity and humanity is not a political issue. Beneficence is not red or blue, it doesn’t sit on the left or right side of the legislative chamber. Behaving with decency a freaking tenet of civilized society. So there’s that.

These sweet potato peanut butter brownies are one-bowl (the blender bowl) and are sort of healthy. I mean, it's a brownie, how healthy can you really get? Gluten free, vegan, and perfect for indulging any chocolate craving.

Second, damn, folks, this is America.  Our country was founded on certain beliefs, to wit:

“…establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

It’s right there in the preamble of the highest law of our land. Domestic Tranquility. General Welfare. Blessings of Liberty.  Point blank.

It’s also right there in the Pledge, the words declared as we face our flag with our hands over our hearts. Liberty and Justice for all.  Not just for people who look like me, or go to your church, or agree with Bobby McRandomperson’s Game of Thrones theories. Everyone.

These sweet potato peanut butter brownies are one-bowl (the blender bowl) and are sort of healthy. I mean, it's a brownie, how healthy can you really get? Gluten free, vegan, and perfect for indulging any chocolate craving.

So how can these white supremacists dare call themselves Americans? Seriously, how dare you. What you are preaching is not American, it is not kind, and it is not Christian. I only use the word Christian because I identify as such, what I really mean is “religion in general, aka Muslim, Buddhist, what-have-you.”

Fascism is not American, carrying a Nazi flag is not American. Why does this even need to be said? Our country is flawed, yes, no debate. But those of us who love the Constitution are not going down without a fight.

Liberty will prevail.

These sweet potato peanut butter brownies are one-bowl (the blender bowl) and are sort of healthy. I mean, it's a brownie, how healthy can you really get? Gluten free, vegan, and perfect for indulging any chocolate craving.

 

Sweet Potato Brownies (gluten free and vegan)

  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and wrap them in a wet paper towel. Microwave them until fully cooked, about 8-10 min.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 and line and 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a blender until a smooth, even consistency is reached.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and smooth it out. It will be really thick and sticky.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter (as many or as few as you like).
  6. Bake at 400 for 50 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  8. Serve with love, liberty, and a cold glass of milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baharat Black Eyed Peas with Broiled Peaches

This simple meal can be ready in about 30 minutes. A lovingly spiced homemade tomato sauce gives life to black eyed peas, and late season peaches bloom in sweetness under a broiler. This is a budget friendly meal, perfect for weeknights.

This simple meal can be ready in about 30 minutes. A lovingly spiced homemade tomato sauce gives life to black eyed peas, and late season peaches bloom in sweetness under a broiler. This is a budget friendly meal, perfect for weeknights.

We spent last Saturday in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Some travel site named it a hippie hideout, perhaps a rarity among this conservative Midwestern landscape.

Our town is kind of blue too, but it leans much more towards the Park Slope Lulelemon kind of blue, whereas Yellow Springs has a scrappier spirit.

The town is named after the springs themselves, which are actually quite rusty instead of yellow, due to the ferric rocks on which they tumble. Sipping directly from these springs is supposed to boost health or something. I drank from them for my own amusement and to make Jason roll his eyes. The water tasted almost bloody, but less saline. High iron content will do that.

This simple meal can be ready in about 30 minutes. A lovingly spiced homemade tomato sauce gives life to black eyed peas, and late season peaches bloom in sweetness under a broiler. This is a budget friendly meal, perfect for weeknights.

We hiked around some rocky gorges, the groves of my boots caking with mud. Jason did a yoga pose by the shallows and when we got home I showed him the JP Sears yoga video. It was a good day.

His parents came too. It was their idea, actually.  We dropped them off on a flat bike path several miles out of town, because I wanted to hike and they wanted to ride. After our little hike, Jas and I slipped into a breezy air conditioned bar for a short drink and I played lots of Avetts on the jukebox while sipping whiskey. I was pleased to see that some of the people around me were mouthing the words to the songs. They are more illustrious with each passing day, but there are still many who are unfamiliar with their music.

After drinks we met his parents for dinner. The place was good, admittedly pricey but with a lot of veggie friendly options. I’m accustomed to the kind of menus were I have maybe three or four choices tops. Here there were so many choices I had a hard time narrowing it down. I ended up going with a everything-and-the-kitchen sink type of salad, but another dish had also caught my eye. It was described is Cayman black eye peas with jerk grilled peaches, with a side of rice. I was inspired to try it at home.

This simple meal can be ready in about 30 minutes. A lovingly spiced homemade tomato sauce gives life to black eyed peas, and late season peaches bloom in sweetness under a broiler. This is a budget friendly meal, perfect for weeknights.

Since I didn’t have any Caribbean spices on hand, Cayman or  jerk or otherwise, I reworked with Middle Eastern flavors instead. A few scoops of baharat spice got stirred into a quick tomato sauce and spooned over protein rich black eyed peas. I don’t have a grill at home, so I just broiled the peaches for a sec. They sweet and tangy juiced paired seamlessly with the baharat sauce. I’m glad I waited to make this at home, because it was actually a super cheap dish, and I made it for a fraction of the price I would have a payed at the restaurant.

What did y’all do last weekend?

This simple meal can be ready in about 30 minutes. A lovingly spiced homemade tomato sauce gives life to black eyed peas, and late season peaches bloom in sweetness under a broiler. This is a budget friendly meal, perfect for weeknights.

P.S. Speaking of homemade tomato sauce, I am fo sho tucking away this freaking amazing crushed tomato sauce for when I made something more Italian. I’m also loving this guide on how to perfectly cook dried beans. 

Baharat Black Eyed Peas with Broiled Peaches

The following recipe makes enough for about three to four people. If you have leftover sauce, just freeze it for a later use.

  • one 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, unseasoned
  • one 14 oz can lite coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed or grated garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp baharat
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cups prepared black eyed peas
  • 6-8 peaches, sliced thickly (about 1/4 inch)
  1. Whisk together the crushed tomatoes and the coconut milk
  2. Pour a small amount of the tomato-coconut mix into a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about two minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Turn off heat.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar and baharat. Add the bay leaf.
  4. Pour in remaining coconut-tomato mix and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes. Add salt to taste
  5. In the final minutes of the sauce cooking, set one stove rack right under the broiler, and the other rack on the lowest rung. Place a baking sheet on this low rack.
  6. Turn on the broiler and gently lay the peaches directly on the high rack. Broil for 2 minutes each side, turning very very very gently.
  7. Warm the peas and spoon them into serving dishes, along with the sauce. Layer the peaches on top.
  8. Serve with love and corn tortillas.