Five for Friday (with garbanzo brownies!)

Happy Friday! I have five little updates for today…

1) Resting: Unfortunately, I’m a little under the weather this week.  L was sick earlier in the week, and passed along her fever and sore throat to me.  Ugh.  But I expect it to pass quickly.  Fluids and a last minute rest day for me today!

2) Race calendar: Now that summer is here, I’ve been taking my training and races week by week.  Part of me is thrilled with the relative freedom to do what I want, while the other part is itching to know what’s next! I may hop into a last minute 10k over Memorial Day weekend.  It looks like a fun event for the whole family, which is always a perk!

3) Reading: I picked up a few books at a yard sale last weekend, and have been staying up way too late reading. I read “A Thousand Acres” this week, which was somewhat disturbing but also completing enrapturing.  Next up is “Good Grief”… I’m enjoying the fun reading, but wish I could limit it to reasonable amounts of time.  I’m sleepy!

4) Running-related reading: Here’s a short article about the growth of women runners.  I resonated with one woman (also a social worker) and her reasons to run, “As a society, we struggle with maintaining our self-care when it is so critically important to focus on because it greatly influences how we are able to manage our day-to-day lives.”

Runner’s World also had a great article featuring ultrarunner and vegan, Scott Jurek.

5) Recipe! I’ve made blondies with garbanzo beans before, but I prefer this chocolate version.  It’s gluten free (with gf oats), vegan and has no flour, oil or butter.  If you are used to “healthier” desserts, you could omit more of the sugar and taste the batter before baking.  I love how gooey they are… plus all the ingredients are safe to eat right out of the bowl!


Gooey Garbanzo Brownies  (print recipe)

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 Tbsp nut butter
  • 1/4 c. oat bran
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 ripe banana (optional)
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor until smooth. Stir in 1/4 c. (or more) chocolate chips. Spread the batter in a greased 8×8 pan and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes. Brownies will be fudgey. Eat as is, or top with ice cream, whipped cream, bananas or more melted chocolate.

Do you have other fun reading suggestions?

What does your race schedule look like for the summer?

47 thoughts on “Five for Friday (with garbanzo brownies!)

  1. I’m intrigued by the brownies, but I hate garbanzo beans. I might have to try them anyways. I’ll try to think of some book suggestions for you, but lately I’ve been reading a ton of YA.
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  2. Ahhhh! We are living parallel lives!

    Both articles you link to are connected to me in some way – The women in running is from my local newspaper and mentions a woman I know from my running group. Scott Jurek grew up in where I attended college and he knows my cousins. Too funny!

    I love you the idea of gooey garbanzo brownies. I was just playing around with a recipe using Adzuki beans! I’m going to try your version this weekend.

    Hope you are feeling better soon! My cold is finally going away but it took some time. Spring/summer colds are the worst!
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    • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt the same way when I read your posts! 🙂 How funny that you’re connected to both articles- I love when you know someone who knows someone… makes it feel like such a small world. And I’m glad you’re finally feeling better! I’m laying around today, feeling pretty weak, but thankfully my husband could take the day off to entertain L.
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  3. Laura, you make anything look yummy! Good for you too. Hope my girls get better quickly! Love-Mama

    • I would love to do a half this month, but don’t have the time to travel for one… I’m hoping to come across one in PA that I could do when we spend time with family there in August. Otherwise, I’ll have to wait til it cools off down here!
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  4. I am glad you posted this recipe! I can’t wait to make it. Do you think it would matter if I used regular oats? Also, were they really sweet because I am not a huge sweet fan, so I may change the sugar amounts a bit, but don’t want to take too much out!
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    • You could definitely use regular oats, you could even process them first to make them finer like oat bran. Other than my obsession with dark chocolate, I’m not big on sweets either, so I wouldn’t say these are too sweet. You could taste test it with a little less sugar, or omit the maple syrup.
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  5. Sorry you’re not feeling well, hope the bug passes quickly! Last minute 10k sounds fun especially if there is activities for the family too. Those brownies look soo good!! Thanks for sharing! I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this summer for races just have to seehow the full marathon training goes 🙂
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  6. Get well soon!!! I hope you get some much needed rest…text me about tomorrow if you need extra rest. We can always resume next week!

    What good recipes you have! thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing the article. There is something refreshing about having that “me” time at the end of the work day to just decompress. I found that I have been consistently happier since I have started running.

    I smiled when I saw your last minute race post. Maybe it’s a new thing in the running community, I came across a 5k when I was surfing the net Sunday night and decided to sign up for it. It’s going to be Sunday for the Girls on the Run organization. Besides that, this summer will be focusing on maintaining the base and get busy when September comes around to start training for Houston. I will likely do a half in October and maybe early December to check my fitness level.

    Get well soon and have a great weekend!

  7. Oh yum! I will be making those for sure! Thx for sharing the recipe.

    Hope you feel better. Being sick with a young one is so tough!
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  8. Yum those brownies sound great! My husband is allergic to peanuts and treenuts and sunflower seeds – do you think I could sub coconut butter? Obviously it would change the taste somewhat, but I’m wondering if it would work the same consistency-wise. Have a good weekend!
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  9. Nooo!! Feel better soon! But, I do kind of like when me and the little one are feeling yucky together because we are extra cuddling. And you gotta love that! I made your Luna Bars. I think I put too much peanut butter (if that’s possible) because they are a little mushy, but A LOT yummy! I think these brownies are up next!
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    • I’m glad you tried them! I’ve had some different consistency results too, depending what type of nut butter I use. I started storing mine in the freezer and eating them semi-frozen, mostly to make them last a little longer (not sure it works) but it also holds them together really well.
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  10. I keep seeing people make brownies with chickpeas, but I still think I would taste them. It seems silly seeing as flour can be savoury, but that goes into sweet desserts. One day I will try them- one day!
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  12. Thousand Acres is disturbing. I saw the movie version a long time ago. Never read the book. I’m going to try these brownies. just the right ingredients for my sister and I. Maybe we will make them Monday on her day off.
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  14. my husband loooooves brownies. i’m going to make these and see if he can tell that they’re “healthy”.
    stupid question…do you drain the beans?
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    • Not a stupid question- I should probably add that to the recipe, but yes, they are drained. I’ll be curious to hear what you think! I think they can fool people, especially if it’s topped with something- whipped cream, berry sauce, a little ice cream, etc.
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