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Black Bean Birthday Brownies


Our 3 lovely birthday ladies! Kari, Jonna & Suong

With the opportunity to celebrate three birthdays this weekend, the black bean brownies made it sweet, but the women we celebrated with were the true treat. I had so much fun at the January Detox retreat – juicing carrots and citrus, roasting yummy fall veggies and being present, really living life with intention.  

Full of Goodness

I came home completely exhausted, but full of love, joy and wisdom. And while I spent most of the weekend in the kitchen, I was able to sneak out to enjoy a relaxing Yoga Nidra class on Saturday night, followed by devouring some delicious birthday brownies and enjoying great conversation with some truly incredible women making for some really sweet memories.

At Retreat in the Pines, we realize that the retreats are about so much more than the yoga. It’s hard to describe, but Mom and I have no doubt that the amazing things that happen at these retreats are just meant to be. And these fudgy black bean birthday brownies were one of them, no doubt about it.



P.S. You will notice that this is a large batch (it is what I used for the retreat). Cut it in half and make in an 8×8 glass baking dish if you don’t want TOO much chocolatey goodness (:

This recipe was inspired by a black bean brownie recipe I found on one of my favorite blogs, Minimalist Baker

Black Bean Brownies 

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Healthy Indulgent Coconut Oil Chocolate

Do you plan to eat healthier in 2014? Don’t deprive yourself of the things that you enjoy! Instead, intend to eat mindfully and eliminate the truly bad for you stuff (processed, junk and fast food), while continuing to enjoy healthy indulgences.

Note: This makes a small batch of chocolate that I usually devour in about 3 days. I was intrigued by a post featuring chocolate that claimed to be “metabolism boosting” and being a lover of all things chocolate, decided to give it a try. I have to say, this is as close to guiltless as I’ve ever been while eating chocolate, and for as much as I’ve been eating it, I’d definitely endorse the metabolism boosting elements. Go for organic ingredients where you can. Enjoy!

Healthy Indulgent Chocolate

¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey*
⅓ cup cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

  1. Melt coconut oil in saucepan over medium heat, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla extract and honey to coconut oil and whisk the mixture together.
  3. While still whisking, add cocoa powder gradually until thoroughly blended.
  4. Enjoy your chocolate with one of the suggested devouring methods.

*The amount of honey used can be altered to your preference. I found that I actually preferred less than ¼ of a cup, making it a darker, more bittersweet chocolate.

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Tomato Feta Dip

As anyone who’s been to a retreat at Retreat in the Pines will tell you, Theresa’s Tomato Feta dip welcomes you as warmly as she does.

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