The first (and Travis' favorite) is a brownie ice cream sandwich. Here's the twist - the brownie is made with black beans. Yes...black beans! Working for Diet.com, I read a lot (a LOT) of healthy living blogs. One of my favorite bloggers is Snack-Girl. A few years ago she posted a "recipe" for healthier brownies that substituted black beans for the eggs and oil, but never tried it because I hate black beans. But, with my self-delegated task of making healthier ice cream sandwiches, I decided to give it a shot and the results couldn't have surprised me more. They were GREAT! I mean really great - and even better when you think about the hundreds of calories you're saving!
All you need is a box of brownie mix (Ghirardelli Double Chocolate is my favorite) and a (15.5 oz) can of black beans.
Blend the unstrained black beans in a food processor or blender. (I love my tiny food processor!)
Mix the brownie mix and black beans in a bowl, then pour into a greased pan. Now...if you're just making the brownies, bake according to the directions on the back of the box. If you're making the ice cream sandwiches, split the mix between two 8x8 greased pans and bake at 325 for 23-25 minutes. You want thin brownies!
Cut each pan into 6 pieces (once down the middle, then into 3's). Then fillet each one so you have even thinner brownies (so you can put filling between the two parts). If you're having a hard time cutting the pieces in half, try putting the brownies in the freezer for a while first.
To make the "ice cream" mixture, you'll need one large tub of Cool Whip, a large box of Jello instant pudding (5.1 ounce), and 1.5 cups of milk (I used skim).
Now fill your brownies! You can either spoon the filling in or be super fancy and pipe it onto the brownies. If you don't have the proper tools, don't worry! Fill a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with some of the filling and cut one tip off.
What are some other filling/outside combinations you'd like to try? These are a lot of fun...and much cheaper than Skinny Cow bars!