Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins Made from Beans!

by lindsay cotter on July 21, 2014

My husband loves beans. In fact, he could live off beans, rice, eggs, and salsa and be perfectly content for the rest of his life.

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Me, on the other hand, would not be pleasant to be around if I ate certain beans daily (if you catch my drift). The complex sugar (raffinose) in beans makes it hard for some people to digest. But, that isn’t to say that we avoid all beans. In fact, if we eat them more now than we did in the past. If I properly prepare beans (by soaking them) then the raffinose decreases substantially. This is also true if you bake them, which is why I can handle certain bean flours and even hummus. THANK GOODNESS!

Okay, let me get to my point here. You see, last Friday my good friend and Co- Founder of Love Grown Foods (Maddy), came to my strength and conditioning class. She was in town for work and just happened to have Friday morning open. We had a blast working out together! Afterwards, we set up a table full of LOVEGROWN goodies, almond milk, and yogurt. Everyone at the gym got to enjoy a post workout snack.

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They loved it! They were hooked. And the high school kids went back for seconds on the Power O’s not even realizing that they were eating cereal made from beans. Not to mention gluten free, dairy free, GMO free, and no added oils.

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After we cleaned up and shared all the LOVEGROWN, I snatched up a few more boxes of POWER O’s myself. I knew the kiwi would be happy to have more!

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He’s in his next block of crazy training, so fuel is crucial, especially between workouts.That’s why I made these with the extra Power O’s we received. Breakfast Bean Muffins with berries!

GF breakfast Bean Muffins

 

These are great for getting in good carbs post workout and I the dried bean flour from the cereal is pretty gentle on digestion, not to mention a good resistant starch. WIN WIN!

GF breakfast bean muffins

Well, that’s enough bean Talk for a Marvelous Monday! Let me know if you try these.

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Do you use beans in baking? Have you tried Power O’s yet?

 Cheers,

LC

p.s.

Lovegrown Foods is celebrating their new region by hosting a Love Blogger Giveaway for the Power O’s. I posted the giveaway on our Crazy Cotter Facebook page. Go check it out and enter. Open to US and Canada!

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Michele @ paleorunningmomma July 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

Beans are really hard for me to digest, although I’ve never tried to properly prepare them so I’m not sure how that would make a difference. Since they’ve given me such bad stomach she’s though I almost don’t even want to try! But your recipe looks really good, and it’s good to hear the prep has made a big difference for you since I don’t know anyone else who’s had a problem with them and then found something that works. Great info :)

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 6:33 am

to be honest, i wasn’t able to tolerate much with FODMAP until my gut healed. Now properly prepared beans and lentils or dried beans in moderation are great! I do like that they are resistant starch. Ya know?

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Tara Newman July 21, 2014 at 5:33 am

I know another triathlete who can live off of rice, beans, eggs, salsa. It must be a thing. Although I might have to add avocado and salmon.

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Erin @ The Almond Eater July 21, 2014 at 5:35 am

I’ve only used beans in baking once (chickpea cookies), but I want to give more recipes a try with them. These look/sound amaaaaazing.

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Lauren July 21, 2014 at 5:52 am

I LOVE beans but they don’t love me as much. I have had to cut down on my chickpea intake substantially as of late. Totally get you on the catching my drift haha.
I have made brownies out of chickpeas which were great and I would love to make a dessert hummus soon!
These muffins look fabulous :)

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

oh i love dessert hummus!

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Tina Muir July 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

Yum yum yum! I bet these are tasty, and yes pack a huge nutritional punch. I need to get back on my nutritional game this week, last week was NOT good! Love the look of love grown, especially cereal! Mmmmm I love cereal :) Have a wonderful week lady!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld July 21, 2014 at 6:11 am

Oh beans. How you give me stomach pains of death. Although….it would be criminal for the kiwi not to be obsessed- beans on toast?!

I swear mum needs to read your blog- she has this recipe for Persian Meat and potato patties which use chickpea flour as the binder!

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

yes!! the kiwi is obsessed with beans on toast. and spaghetti on toast and white bait patties. Did you ever eat that??

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 21, 2014 at 6:24 am

Chickpea flour is the bomb! I love making chickpea “vegan” omelets with it too!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

i still need to try that!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick July 21, 2014 at 6:35 am

Oh these look so doughey! Pinned them. Now I need to find thes flours!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm

maybe iherb? I find lots there!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 21, 2014 at 6:51 am

Wow, super creative use of the Power O’s!! These look fabulous. The plain ones with a dusting of cinnamon are my faves!

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misszippy July 21, 2014 at 7:18 am

I am like the Kiwi–I could do beans day in/day out. Love them and love how good for us they are. The recipe, of course, sounds marvelous!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) July 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

Yum. I haven’t seen the Power O’s at my Kroger yet.

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

have your tried sprouts? do you have one?

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Heather (Where's the Beach) July 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

We don’t. Maybe WFs?

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

hmmm not there yet i don’t think. come visit! i’ll share haha

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Jennifer F July 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

My kids are gobbling the cereal up, I haven’t mentioned the beans . . . . hehe

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Heidi @ Idlehide Blog July 21, 2014 at 7:29 am

I’m always looking for protein muffins, cookies, etc. I ate the most delicious black beans prepared by my SIL the other day. I hate to admit it, but I usually go the canned beans route. I know! So bad!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

i think canned beans can be okay if you bake or roast them first or soak.

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Jen July 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

I’ve had the Love Grown granola and it was top notch. I’m thinking I need to try the power O’s next!

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jill conyers July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

I haven’t tried Love Grown…yet! Now I have to so I can make these muffins. Beans are in the top 5 of favorite foods!

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Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake July 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

I don’t use beans in baking…but should! Its a great idea! I love Love Grown Foods <3 haven't tried their power o's quite yet, but hope to!

The recipe looks great by the way!

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Megan @ The Skinny-Life July 21, 2014 at 8:17 am

I made these ridiculous good chickpea brownies last month. I could not believe how good they were. I love baking flourless. Now if I could just get a plan together for muffin trucking.

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 6:31 am

ohhh did you post that? i think i remember seeing one of your brownie recipes!

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Jessica July 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

I was just thinking about how to switch up my breakfasts on the way to work this morning. Thanks for the tips lady! I am absolutely giving this a try!

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Jody - Fit at 56 July 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

How fun to have a friend in town that has yummy goodies too! My bod does not like beans so.. and I am lazy about the preparing part – that says it all! :)

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

We’re big fans of beans here, too. Your muffins look fantastic!!

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Jaclyn @ BumpSweat July 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

We’ve been icks-naying the beans for a while around here. Like you, they don’t always leave me feeling great nor very lady-like ;) The bean flours you use, are they properly soaked before being ground up and such?

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm

the bean flours are from baked beans. Which makes them easier to digest, similar to soaking. And they are the low gylcemic beans like lentils and chickpea. Not the baked or pinto.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

You’re GF stuff always looks so fluffy and perfect. You and Sarena need to give me lessons!

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

it’s all about the egg whites!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

Oh beans, how I love thee! I totally get your drift though! Definitely have to soak them or we are riding the fart train here! :)

These sound perfect! YUM!!!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

I LOVE me some beans… I’m so sad they don’t sell that cereal anywhere near me!

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Megan (The Lyons' Share) July 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

You are just TOO creative. Love it!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity July 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

These sound pretty good! I haven’t really ever baked with beans before, but I’d like to give it a try

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Kat July 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

I have a bag of garbanzo bean flour I need to put to use!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl July 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

I have heard of people making brownies with beans, but never muffins! These sound awesome! Also, I need to get my hands on some of those Power O’s. I have never seen them in the stores near me :(

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

do you have a sprouts? we need to get you some hannah!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl July 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I do not! :( I may just have to try ordering them online haha

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Maureen July 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

“Beans, beans. The magical fruit. The more you eat them the more you…” I am seriously a 10-year old boy. LOL
I do love beans and eat them a few times a week. Love this recipe!

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Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit July 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

THANKS for another bean recipe! I’m always on the look out for those!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

I love all your posts so much! SO much great and awesome info! I have yet to try Love Grown Foods but want to so badly!

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

ive missed you! and what area are you in again? did you enter the giveaway? I bet we could get you some!

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Miss Polkadot July 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

I’m like your husband food-wise – minus the eggs and with some kabocha and fruit thrown in ;). That being said I wish we could get Power O’s over here instead of all the sugar-laden artificially flavoured whatever we can find over here. Not like I wouldn’t grab a hand of Cinnamon Toast Crunch when I happen upon it but it’s not my first choice.
And those chickpea muffins? Favourite legume right there. I’ve made black beans brownies before but only used chickpea flour for savoury vegan dishes so far.

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm

ohhh i need to try that! brilliant

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Samantha @ The Faithful Runner July 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

I don’t use beans in cooking, but I’d love to try this recipe.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. July 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

Ack! You just reminded me that I have a few sample boxes of those Power O’s from Blend that still need to be broken into. I don’t really handle beans the best either, but I seem to be okay with baked chickpeas and hummus — thank God!

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

you and me both friend! i love my hummus!

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Shashi @ runninsrilankan July 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

I love beans too! And I love baking with bean flour too! I love under a rock and hadn’t heard of Power O’s too – am always look for gluten free alternatives. I’ve added mashed up granola to muffin recipes so I know these must have been delish – not to mention so amazingly good for you! Thanks for an amazing recipe!

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

i knew you’d love! YAY! you inspired me with beans. haha

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Sarah Pie July 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

Thankfully beans don’t seem to bother me, though I’ll admit that I have never ever baked with them before (my college roomie made a REALLY bad batch of bean brownies that kind of turned me off the idea). I do like the sound of the Power O’s cereal though.

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Cara's Healthy Cravings July 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Your hubbie and I would be good eating buddies, his favs are mine also….mmmmm, beans, rice and eggs!!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

simple pleasures! hehe

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers July 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I’ve always wanted to take your class. That would have been a perfect time to do it! :)

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 6:15 am

you are welcome anytime! i’ll save you some Power O’s too!

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate July 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I’m so happy I finally got a chance to try the Love Grown cereal from Blend, and I love the idea of grinding it up for muffins!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 6:22 am

if you come visit, i’ll give you more, and healthy bites! hehe

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Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift July 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

These sound delicious! I want to try them, but I’m a little nervous…I CANNOT tolerate beans at all right now, even soaked and properly prepared. I’ll eat a few bites and be in pain and severely bloated for days. I’ve not tried baking beans in muffins etc., so I might give these a (very cautious) shot.

It feels silly to be a health blogger and have such trouble with food, not to mention it makes eating/cooking/life frustrating. If you have any suggestions or good resources on improving gut health and intolerances, I’d love to hear them!

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

oh i have been there friend! not fun! but the flours seems to be okay for me. Lower raffinose. and i use half coconut/almond meal, so that helps! let me know if you try them.

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Kindal @ LiftingRevolution July 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Nom Nom… beans beans! I love um! I don’t so much love them when Dan eats them but that’s a whole other story ;)

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf July 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Oh I love beans!! The ones that I can eat of course :-)

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 6:22 am

yay! you can have these right?

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Amy July 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Hello Lindsay,
I’ll have to try making these muffins! I actually saw another blog (can’t remember which) where beans were also used in a baked goods recipe. I’ve used black beans before (my brownies), but haven’t yet used garbonzos or light colored beans in cookies or muffins/bread. I definitely want to experiment! Thanks for this recipe! These muffins look delicious!
I’m also glad you had a great weekend with Maddy (and your husband, “Kiwi” too, of course).
~Amy :-)

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

let me know if you do Amy! I love the lightness of the garbanzo flours.

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Kim July 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I still haven’t used beans in baking but these sound very intriguing and I love beans!!!

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Haley @ Running with Diapers July 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I am blessed with an iron clad stomach, so I love beans and can eat them whenever, wherever, which is good because my husband is latino and eats a lot of beans and rice. These muffins sound perfect for me! I’m pinning this for later and I’ll let you know what we think. I’m hoping to get my toddler to munch on them. She’s finicky and doesn’t get a whole lot of good protein. This is a great way to sneak it in without her fussing too much. thanks

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LCCotter July 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hope she likes them!! Keep me posted

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Katie July 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

These look like a total Katie food! I didn’t realize that the Power O’s were made with beans…awesome.

Can’t wait to try this!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 5:56 am

oh this is so a katie muffin! love it! and hopefully you’ll get a love drop in your mail with power o’s soon! ;-)

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Cassie July 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Why have I never thought of chickpea flour for muffins? I bet that texture is amazing!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

super fluff! diggin it

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I could live off beans too so this is perfect. It’s also perfect that I just found the wonder of chickpea flour. Love that stuff!

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jobo July 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

yum!! finally tried the power o’s and they are yummy!! You are famous my friend, loved seeing you on the Love Grown insta!

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

haha well did you know that Maddy actually stayed with my brother in law in hawaii years back? It’s crazy how our families know each other and now today!

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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero July 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I keep seeing all these baked goods posts with chickpeas. It intrigues me.

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Danica @ It's Progression July 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm

what a fun way to eat the cereal!!

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GiGi Eats July 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

I have to try some chickpea flour… However, it will probably blow me up like an atomic bomb… That being said, EVERYTHING DOES at this point (ugh, currently battling the case of the mysterious balloon stomach at the moment)… SO BRING IT! BRING IT!

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Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out July 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

Yum! Do you know if theres a way to make your own chickpea flour?

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LCCotter July 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

oh for sure! i would roast the chickpeas or dehydrate first!

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Katie July 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

What a great product line! So good for you and they look so tasty!

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Heather Williams July 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

AH! These are AWESOME:) I love garbanzo bean flour. I love to make GF pizza crust with it and it makes AWESOME GF cornbread mixed with cornmeal (I love Bob’s brand). Great recipe- I have to try the Power O’s- they sound yum!

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Hayley@healthyregardshayley July 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I love me some power o’s!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets July 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Beans, beans, good for the heart. The more you eat, the more you f@rt. The more you f@rt, the better you feel so eat your beans for every meal.

Oops, I love beans, and I was actually really excited to try the Power O’s after blend but my Hubby ate them all before I even had a chance to try them. I guarantee he didn’t even know they were beans either. Ah well, next time.

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LCCotter July 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

toot toot!

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LCCotter July 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

i have more boxes! want some?! i’ll send some to you!

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Erin September 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I saw the power O’s when I was at whole foods last weekend and thought I’d try them out…the chocolate ones are to die for!! The plain/chocolate combo in plain greek yogurt is great! Thanks for the recipe…looking forward to trying these muffins and going through more of your recipes!

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