Happy Valentine’s Day friends!!
I’m popping in this morning to send a little extra sweetness your way in the form of BROWNIES!
And not just any brownies. Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies with a simple, creamy chocolate frosting and dried rose petals. Because it’s Valentine’s Day and everything must be covered in chocolate and flowers, am I right?!? But we’ll get to those in a minute.
So tell me, how are you spending your holiday this year?? Hanging with your girlfriends for Galentine’s Day? Having a romantic night with your significant other? Doing a little self love tonight??
Can I do all three please?
Nate and I are having a quiet night in this year, but of course I’m planning a yummy meal because I love any excuse to go big in the kitchen! Some years we like to go out to celebrate – mostly because I totally enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants – but other years, we prefer just a quiet, home cooked dinner together.
Speaking of Nate, have I told you our funny high school Valentine’s Day story yet?
No? Ok good, it’s story time then!
Believe it or not… 11 years ago today is kinda sort of the beginning of our whole relationship. You see, it was Valentine’s Day and we got a huge snow storm (like I’m talking feet of snow). Surprisingly, we had a snow day off school, which NEVER happened in our hometown in upstate NY, so you know it was bad.
In typical high school fashion, Nate and I had been “flirting” a lot over the past month or so at school, but of course I was that shy girl playing hard to get, stringing him along for weeks. So on this snowy Valentine’s Day, he calls me out of the blue and says he’s walking over to my house in the middle of this snowstorm to give me a Valentine.
Needless to say, I was extremely unprepared for this.
And had a total teenage freak out moment before I whipped out some computer paper and threw together the most ridiculous card I could come up with in 10 minutes before he was knocking at my door.
There was Nate, covered in snow, with this detailed, heartfelt homemade valentine in his hands (which I still have to this day). I mean, what a guy, right?? So I invited him in and we exchanged cards (mine looking more and more like complete crap that I just threw together) and we had a little romantic moment beforeeee… my mom walks in.
And what better way to pause this whole new-young-love-romantic-situation than a parent walking in? So of course I immediately turn bright red and awkward and quickly walk Nate to the door. But before he slips out, he leans in and gives me the most glorious kiss and the rest, my friends, is history!
And now we’re married and having a baby lol 😉
So even though Valentine’s Day is a liittlllee over-rated and over-commercialized, it totally has a special place in my heart thanks to this wonderful high school memory. Ahhh young love, right???
Ok, enough with the gushy stuff, let’s talk CHOCOLATE.
So these brownies are the perfect combination of health-ish indulgence and ALL the chocolate. I started with my go-to peanut butter black bean brownie base. It’s packed with a full can of black beans, lots of oats, peanut butter, and a few other good-for-you ingredients. So that makes them healthy, right?!
Once the brownies were baked and cut into cute little hearts, I frosted them with this simple, luscious dark chocolate frosting. Ohhh my goodnesss is this stuff amazing!!
This frosting could not be any easier. I just melted some dark chocolate chips with my favorite So Delicious Organic Almondmilk, mixed in some vanilla yogurt and powdered sugar, and that’s IT!
Have you tried the So Delicious Organic Almondmilk with Cashews yet? I’ve been a So Delicious fan for YEARS and I was so excited to see their new line of organic almondmilks at my local Walmart the other day. I love how their products are simply made with only 7 ingredients (or fewer) and their new bottles are made from 80% plants (so cool!) If you’re on the lookout for their new almondmilk with cashews, I found mine conveniently at my local Walmart in the non-dairy milk section!
You guys will absolutely ADORE these brownies. Ohhh and if you’re dairy free, feel free to substitute your favorite dairy-free yogurt and chocolate chips in the frosting to make them totally vegan!
Have the most lovely Valentine’s Day everyone! Sending lots of love (and chocolate) your way <3