Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The One With Brownie Edges #slice2013

Every Tuesday, I participate in the Slice of Life challenge at Two Writing Teachers. If you want to participate, you can link up at their Slice of Life Story Post on Tuesdays or you can just head on over there to check out other people's stories. For more information on what a Slice of Life post is about, you can go here

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A little less than a year ago, black bean brownies came into my life thanks to my friend Andrea and a discussion about being vegan (me) and gluten free (her). I had never heard of black bean brownies but she shared a recipe from the blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Katie has a phenomenal black bean brownie recipe. I actually have never tried any other black bean brownie recipe...but with this one being as amazing as it is, I've never had to.
I'm thinking you might be skeptical. I get it! I was totally hesitant but believe me, these are worth trying. The worst that can happen is that you try them and think, "See, I was right to have been skeptical. Blech." BUT I honestly think that best that can happen is that you'll say, "I'm eating brownies made with black beans and they are amazing!" And you'll want to make them for all of your friends.

It's Christmas Eve and whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday(s), it's a crazy, busy time of year. You might want to tuck away this fabulous recipe into your little brain and come back to it when you're feeling daring, or when you decide your New Year's resolution is to try new things, or when you add try a vegan recipe to your Un-Boring List for 2014. I am so serious when I say that I have made this for all sorts of people and they are always a hit. (One little thing...I usually don't tell people they have black beans in them until after they eat them and like them.)

My whole reason for sharing my favorite, most-excellent brownie recipe for today's Slice of Life is to actually ask you a question! As I was baking up batches of these babies for our holiday party at work last week, I wondered...what is your favorite part of brownies? 

See, when I make these brownies for work, I cut them into 12-16 cute little bite-size squares. I always cut away the outer edge and that's my sample. If the outer edge tastes good, I know I can trust that the squares I plan to share are ready to go but I don't have to waste any of them. Suddenly, I realized I love the slightly-crustier outer edge when it comes to brownies. But, you, do you like the inside pieces? Or maybe you like the mushy middle?

Are you an outer-edge-lover like me or a mushy-middle-megafan...or something else? Maybe you don't like brownies! To which I would say, "Then you must not have had Chocolate-Covered Katie's black bean brownies..." 

I'm so curious! Please share, which part of brownies do you like best? 

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