Baking Progress and Baking Defeat

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 12, 2009

Good afternoon!

I have been re-testing my Banana Bread and Black Bean Brownie recipes today. I am happy to say that I drastically improved the black bean brownies, however I think my banana bread got worse! I just am not sure if honey is going to work in this banana bread. It turns out SUPER dense. While I don’t mind a dense bread, I know many people prefer a lighter banana bread.

I think when I test it again, I will use only 1/4 cup honey and the rest Turbinado or cane sugar. Hopefully this will let it rise more and not be so dense!


However, the Black Bean Brownies only got BETTER! :) Whew. Thank goodness one of my modifications turned out. Baking really is nothing more than an experiment at times!

It is fun when it turns out…not so much when it doesn’t and you have a huge mess to clean up.

I used my Brownie Baking Pan for the first time. I got this as a Christmas gift. It is so cool and now that I have used it, I happen to think it is even cooler.

IMG_6955  Before going into the oven…

IMG_6957  You put this handy separator in, so when it cooks it divides them up!

IMG_6959 After 37 mins. at 325F…

IMG_6967 After removing the separator carefully…

IMG_6968 I doubled the batch this time, so they turned out nice and thick…

IMG_6970 Looking good…


Mmmmmm…I can’t wait to try these new versions! They definitely stayed together better than the last batch.




I loved my dinner last night so much I decided to make it again for lunch! This time I added Neil Brothers Salsa and some mashed sweet potato to the top of the money’s veggie patty

In the mix:

  • 1 Tbsp salsa
  • 2 Tbsp sweet potato
  • 1 Money’s veggie patty
  • 2 handfuls baby organic spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Kraft Balsamic
  • 1/2 Zucchini
  • 1 handful black beans (leftovers from baking my brownies!)

Then I had 1 red pepper sliced and drizzled with Kraft Balsamic Vinagrette:


And finally an orange on its last legs…


Breakfast was  green Monster that included 3 organic kale leaves large, 1.5 cups almond breeze in Original, 1 Tbsp flax:


My mid morning snack was a serving of Amy’s organic crackers. So addicted to those. :)

I have received so many awesome green monster posts from all of you! Don’t forget- for everyone who has blogged about a Green Monster experiment, send me the link to your post and I will be including it in a future post (or page) with everyone’s GM’s! If you don’t have a blog simply email me a picture of your creation. Green Monster’s are taking over the world! lol.

Love Green Monster’s so much? Check out this Juicer giveaway at hangrypants!


Ok, I am going to do some Yoga now. I am going to wear my HRM and see how many calories this burns. Apparently these You Tube videos (see link) can burn 500 calories per hour or more, so I am going to do at least 10 mins. and see what it says.I know, I know Yoga isn’t about how many calories you burn, but when someone makes a claim like that it makes me curious!  Should be a fun experiment!

After that, either the treadmill or Glo Bakery paperwork (e-work?). I haven’t decided whether I will workout at home or workout at the gym tonight after Eric gets home. That Stair Master is calling my name!

See you tonight! Have a great day everyone!


"The person who makes a success of an important venture never wails for the crowd. They strike out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the person that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the person who has enough confidence in themself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The person who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can’t be done."

C. V. White

Have any of your life decisions ever been criticized?

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Eva March 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Those brownies look AMAZING! yay :)

p.s. I ordered the blender!!


Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm

GASP! An in-pan brownie divider?! Genius! How handy to make your brownies even more professional looking. :)


Lesley March 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Those brownies look beyond AMAZING!! : )


brandi March 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

those brownies look SO good!!!


Lindsey March 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

i think there is a book that you should take a look at. it is called bake wise or bakewise- not really sure. anyway, it helps with the science behind baking. you can look at it for help with your banana bread and other things that you modify to see if you change the density. i know that i learned a lot about flour and the protien in flour and how that affects my cookies, and that is just the start.

i think it could be really helpful for you and your bakery!



Sheri March 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I am drooling over those brownies!! They look so good! Can’t wait to hear how they taste!


Hayley March 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Oh wow, those brownies are gorgeous – I love the design on the top! Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I’m looking for a good self-tanning lotion/spray. Does anyone have any recommendations?


Marianne March 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

The brownies definitely do look good.


Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Oh those brownies look amazing! Every life decision I’ve made has been met with criticism and negativity. But whatever, it’s not their life, it’s mine. So I usually tell them to stuff it. ;)


Bec March 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

That brownie pan is so cool!


Jess March 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I don’t believe those brownies have black beans in them lol! They look too delicious for that!

And 500 calories seems like a lot for a yoga class. I mean I don’t teach a super rigorous class, but it’s challenging and I would never tell my participants they were burning 500 calories. I’d say maybe, maybe 250.


VeggieGirl March 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Everything looks incredible to me!! Especially since I see…



Anna March 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm

um, yes. Being a college student pretty much means everyone feels like they have free reign to question your judgement. I sympathize!


Shelby March 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

How do you get that pretty marbled design on the brownies?! It’s gorgeous! Love the brownie pan, what a neat idea.


Susan March 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I have never had any desire to try black bean brownies until now!! Those look so good!


Wiggs (The Beholder) March 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Congrats on the brownies!!! They look delicious. I’ll be first in line once you add them to the Glo Bakery line-up!!


Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) March 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm

those brownies look so good and I desperately need to get on of those pans! I have definitely had my life’s decisions criticized – I went from being a doctor to going to pastry school – haha, just a little different, i’ll say!


bobbi March 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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Elina March 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm

The brownies look amazing! I want to eat them through the screen :) And do you happen to know where your brownie pan is from? I’ve never seen such a thing but it looks perfect! I make brownies all the time but have a hard time cutting them into normal sized portions. This should help ;)


Diana March 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

those brownies look sooooo yummy! i want to try one!


Becca A March 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I’ve never seen that separator brownie pan before, too cool. The brownies look so tasty!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 12, 2009 at 7:12 pm

OMG I want that separator pan!!!!


emily March 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I know black bean is the secret ingredient, but what is the yummy looking topping on those brownies?


Haleigh March 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Delicious looking brownies and I am officially obsessed with green monsters!


Allegra March 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I broke down and bought a blender today. It wasn’t too expensive, and I stopped and bought spinach, rice milk and frozen strawberries as well. For a total of $45, I am now able to make my own GREEN MONSTERS!! I can’t believe how good it is, and how great it makes me feel!!


Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I want that brownie separator!


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