Smoky Pinto Beans

This is my go-to recipe for making pinto beans. They work great for Taco Tuesdays, salads, by themselves or anytime you feel like making a burrito bowl!

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The liquid smoke is the secret ingredient that gives these beans their smoky goodness. You can easily find it in most grocery stores, and it is quite inexpensive! 

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The recipe below is for 4 full servings of beans. Depending on what you are serving the beans with, you will likely having more than that. Enjoy!

 

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Cookies

With our moving day coming up in a few weeks I have been spending most days packing boxes for hours on end...sometimes forgetting to stop to eat! So during one of my packing frenzies my stomach finally growled loudly enough for me to stop and allow myself to take a much needed break. Naturally, I ended up in the kitchen, and my goal was to whip up something that would satisfy my sweet tooth while also being healthy and filling. This was the result!

These babies are made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and you can adapt the recipe so many different ways to suit your own personal taste. With no sugar added, no flour, and a chocolate drizzle...what's not to love?! This is also a great recipe for people aren't so confident with their baking skills because it is so simple to make! Perfect for an on-the-go snack or every for breakfast! It's like an energy bar in cookie form!

These satisfied all of my hunger needs, and I've been snacking on them all week. Packing is definitely easier when you have yummy snacks to look forward to!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe, medium-sized bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other nut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter powder (subbing with 2 tablespoons regular peanut butter would most likely also work, but I have not tried it!)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Optional: Coconut flakes (I mixed some in and also added some on top) or other nuts and seeds
  • Chocolate drizzle: 1 tablespoon Coconut oil*, 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder), 2 tsp pure maple syrup (or other natural sweetener)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up!). If not using parchment paper, you may want to grease your pan. These cookies have a low fat content, and there is no oil in the recipe to keep it from sticking! 
  • In a large bowl mash your bananas and then mix in almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and peanut butter powder. 
  • Stir in oats, chia seeds, coconut (if using) and any other optional mix-ins until combined.
  • Just a heads up, this mixture will not hold its shape before baking. The best way to handle it is to take roughly two-tablespoons worth of the mix in your hands and use your palms to roughly shape it into a cookie. Then just plop it onto the baking sheet and use your fingers to fix the shape if things got a little messy :). These cookies come together after baking and cooling so don't worry!
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20min or until the edges have taken on a golden brown color. The timing depends on the size of your cookies so be sure the check on them often so they don't burn!
  • While they are baking, prepare your chocolate sauce. Add coconut oil to a small, microwave-safe dish and microwave for 10-15s to melt it. Once melted, add your cacao or cocoa powder along with your maple syrup and stir. Give it a taste test and adjust cocoa and maple syrup amounts if needed for your preference! Pour the mixture into a sandwich bag, close it off, and then use your fingers to gather the sauce in one of the bottom corners. Set aside.
  • Once the cookies are done, allow them to cool COMPLETELY before trying to remove from the pan.
  • Once cool, transfer cookies to a plate and grab your baggie of chocolate sauce and snip the corner so there is a SMALL hole. Squeeze the bag and use quick movements to create the chocolate drizzle.
  • Once done, immediately place cookies in the fridge for about 20 minutes to allow the chocolate sauce to thicken.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

*Coconut oil options: Refined coconut oil does not have a coconut taste. However, if you like the coconut taste you can use unrefined. Up to you!

 

There you have! Basically the easiest cookie recipe ever. If you make these cookies post a photo on Instagram and tag me @sunsoulwellness! Enjoy and I hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Strawberry Jicama Guacamole

Guacamole is one of my favorite foods and is definitely my favorite way to eat avocados. Sometimes I like to add chopped mango for a sweeter flavor, but this time I decided to add some chopped strawberries and leftover jicama. Both were were sitting in my fridge and needed to get eaten quickly, so I threw it in with some avocado, lime juice, and cilantro and this version of guacamole was born! 

The sweetness of the strawberry and crunch from the jicama paired perfectly with the avocado. I ate it with a salad and some crispy tofu, but it would also go great in a wrap, with tacos, as a dip for chips or veg, or even on its own (yea, it's that good!)

Ingredients (makes 2-3 servings):

  • 1  ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (or more!)About 1/4 cup jicama, chopped small
  • About 1/4  cup strawberries, chopped small
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Method:

  • Slice avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop flesh out into a medium sized bowl
  • Squeeze in the lime juice and mash avocado with a fork until smooth
  • Add jicama, strawberries, and cilantro and stir to combine
  • Taste test! This recipe is super versatile. I added probably closer to 1/3 cup jicama and strawberries because I was going for a chunkier consistency. Adjust the amounts of any of the ingredients to suit your own personal taste!

 

This recipe is so simple and made it only a few ingredients, and it's a fresh twist on the traditional guacamole! If you give this recipe a try, snap a pic and use the hashtag #sunsoulwellness on Instagram so I can see it! What is your favorite way to make guacamole?