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One Year Old + A Brownie Experiment

A year ago today I started this little blog. I came up with the idea about 10 days earlier than that (January 8, 2011 exactly) because I felt like my life had just crumbled around me and maybe if I threw myself totally and completely into preparing for and writing about a big race I’d be able to get back to some level of normal. This worked before. One of the reasons I got into triathlon in the first place was to distract myself from other aspects of life that were making me crazy. Endorphins, or something.

Anyway, I actually didn’t read any triathlon or running blogs at the time, but in those 10 days I came up with a name, made a list of possible topics to cover, wrote and scheduled a few posts, and Speed Laces, Amazing Races was born.

As you’re probably aware, a lot has happened in the last year — in my athletic life, in my personal life, and in my professional life. Things look pretty different now than they did 365 days ago, and in the best way possible. I credit this blog with gifting me a lot of great relationships, with rebuilding shattered confidence, with keeping me focused on what is truly important to me. It’s been a success.

So — Happy Birthday, blog! In honor of the occasion — and because I felt like baking last night — we have my first attempt at Pumpkin Black Bean Brownies. Surprisingly, they are DELICIOUS (and gluten free and low calorie and low fat and not bad for you).

  • 1 can rinsed and drained black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T canned pumpkin
  • 4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips or nuts, if desired. Pour into a greased 8×8 or 7×11 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool, cut and eat!



16 thoughts on “One Year Old + A Brownie Experiment

  1. Sounds good


    Posted by bearrunner | January 18, 2012, 7:14 AM
  2. Pumpkin + Black Bean?? What?! These are being tested in our kitchen, asap.

    Happy Blog birthday! One of the best things about a blog is the ability to look back and see how far you’ve come. Cheers to the next 365 🙂

    Posted by Heather C | January 18, 2012, 8:40 AM
  3. What? these sound so strange. testing ASAP

    Posted by Katie | January 18, 2012, 10:36 AM
  4. ooh, I am so making those tonight. In honor of your blogiversary, of course.

    Posted by Beth | January 18, 2012, 10:37 AM
  5. Oh my god! I can actually eat these! If I can bake without burning the house down.

    Posted by Cris | January 18, 2012, 10:49 AM
  6. Happy blog-aversary!

    Posted by Jon | January 18, 2012, 10:50 AM
  7. haha…and not bad for you. I love it.

    Happy blogiversary!

    Posted by amy | January 18, 2012, 11:37 AM
  8. Happy Blog-iversary! I’m looking forward to another year of awesome posts 🙂

    That recipe looks totally crazy. I’m going to have to try it out just to see if it actually tastes good!

    Posted by Brigid @ Live Breathe Huzzah | January 18, 2012, 12:48 PM
  9. Happy Blog Birthday!

    Posted by rundash | January 18, 2012, 1:29 PM
  10. Those brownies sound great! I think I am going to have to give them a try 🙂 Happy One Year!!!

    Posted by Running For Today | January 18, 2012, 3:34 PM
  11. i am confused by these brownies- but i shall try them!

    happy blogiversary!

    Posted by Lauren | January 18, 2012, 3:45 PM
  12. Happy blogiversary! Definitely going to have to test out that recipe.

    Posted by Allison | January 18, 2012, 3:58 PM
  13. I think I met you via your blog and that is good. Or maybe because you sat outside my house with a box of donuts and binoculars. could be either.

    Posted by katie | January 18, 2012, 3:59 PM
  14. Happy Blogoversary! Like you, I had no idea the benefits (namely the friendship) I would make because of blogging. One of the best decisions I ever made.

    Black beans is the one food that I know is good for me but I can’t manage to choke them down. No idea why. Maybe if they are “hidden” in brownies??

    Posted by Kevin | January 18, 2012, 8:15 PM
  15. Happy blog birthday! I’m glad you started blogging too, you definitely inspire me to push harder.

    Posted by Liz | January 18, 2012, 11:56 PM
  16. Happy Blog-iversary! When I started blogging last March, I had never been a blog reader either. It has completely opened the door to whole new community of people and support. I have totally fallen in love with blogging almost as much as triathlon and running! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog this year!

    Posted by Emily (@TriRunner302) | January 19, 2012, 7:56 PM

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