It is already day 7, and our editorial board is famished and thirsty. We put ‘Gifts that Quench and Indulge’ together while salivating and are very much looking forward to a cocktail now!
With the holidays behind us, we may all be focused a bit more on our ‘behinds’ than usual. Here’s a great recipe for flourless and sugar-free chocolate brownies that won’t have you cheating on any of those pesky resolutions.
· 1 (14 oz) can of
black beans, rinsed and drained
· 2 large eggs
· ½ cup cocoa powder
· ¾ cup Xyla
· ½ teaspoon oil
· 1 tablespoon milk
· 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
· ½ teaspoon baking powder
· ½ teaspoon baking soda
· ½ teaspoon of freshly ground coffee or instant coffee
· ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (xylitol chocolate to make them completely sugar free, or omit chocolate and use all walnuts)
· ½ cup walnuts (or any nuts of your choice
– Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
– Blend the black beans, eggs, cocoa powder, Xyla ® xylitol, oil, almond milk, balsamic, baking soda, baking powder and coffee in the blender until smooth and pour into a bowl. You can also do this all by hand if you don’t have a blender. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts at the end. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. You can also sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top.
– Bake the brownies until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 to 32 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing them into squares.
I don’t often enjoy writing about bacteria that cause both tooth decay and ear infections. Eewww. So hopeful that the kids would make the switch easy for me, I slipped the new products onto their bathroom counter and waited. They carried on. And on. And they loved it! I’ve been attempting to reduce sugar in every possible place and oral care was a sneaky one I hadn’t considered. I’m a happy mom and they are happy kids.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that helps reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and aid in the re-mineralization of tooth enamel. There are several different xylitol brands but Xyla, a Canadian brand, produces xylitol from North American hardwood trees and is non-GMO and completely natural.
Having a panic attack about holiday cookie exchanges and holiday baking? Or are you more worried about the calories and December weight gain? Maybe we can help with both. Did you know there’s a great new sugar substitute that works in baking, to sweeten coffee and is in a ton of products like gum, breath mints and candy. We’re going to talk skinny baking on twitter! To help with the baking conundrums and also help you to get a head start on the holiday goodies, we’ve put together a fun twitter party to talk recipes, weight maintenence and kids in the kitchen.
Join us Monday, December 9th at 8pm EST – we’ll be tweeting with the hashtag #SkinnyBaking Be sure to RSVP and follow @XylaXylitol, @urbanmommies, @simplystacienet and @AskMamaMOE for a chance to win one of seven prizes. The best news? Prizes include Xyla products and yummy baking made with Xyla to save you time in the kitchen this holiday!
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that contains fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates than other sweeteners. It’s a white crystalline granule that looks and tastes like sugar but doesn’t have the negative side effects associated with sugar. It’s low-cal, low-carb and diabetic safe with 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate. In comparison, sugar has 3.75 calories per gram. Woo hoo!!! So don’t forget to RSVP using the linky list below. See you there!
Xyla brand xylitol is extracted from North American grown hardwood trees using ecologically sustainable methods. Xylitol is also naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables. Did you know the human body makes about 15 grams of xylitol per day? Researchers also discovered xylitol’s insulin-independent nature (it metabolizes in the body without using insulin).
Xylitol made from the xylan molecule is extracted from hardwood trees through an all-natural process utilizing steam and ion exchange. Then, it’s crystallized and is ready for your coffee, tea, cereal, and baking. Xylitol Canada uses 100% pure crystalline granules with no added ingredients. Our xylitol is derived from 100% North American hardwood, never corn. Xyla can be used one-to-one in any recipe requiring sugar. It is ideal for sweetening coffee, tea, cereal or using in homemade, salad dressing, sauces, and dips and any other recipe calling for sugar. Xyla brand xylitol can be used one to one in any recipe requiring sugar. Sugar alcohols do not react with yeast so they won’t help bread rise.
Xylitol does not caramelize when baking so finished baked goods may seem dryer, but you can just add more liquid to the recipe to retain moisture.
To substitute for one cup of brown sugar, use ¼ cup molasses and ¾ xylitol.
Ok! Time to get baking!!