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Raspberry Goat Cheese Swirl Brownies

Here we go, I stole this from Will and Grace's notebook--they won't mind:  With this recipe, you are replacing the white flour (YUCK) with whole wheat flour, the butter (SORRY PAULA DEEN) with applesauce and coconut oil and the white sugar (HISSSSSSS!!) with agave & Splenda Blend  --YAAAAYYYYY!  I am hoping everyone understands the short hand of what the small "c", "t", etc. mean--if not, let me know

Ingredients
2 c. black beans (no salt added--THIS is a secret ingredient)
1/3 c. melted coconut oil
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1/4 t. salt
3 t vanilla extract
1/2 c. honey or brown rice syrup*
3 lightly beaten eggs
1/2 cups dark cacao chocolate chips --or just a good chocolate, grated, chip or otherwise--78% or better

3 oz cream cheese, room temp
4 oz goat cheese, room temp
2 t. honey
1/4 t. vanilla
1/2 c. frozen raspberries, fresh or frozen,  chop coarsely with a knife when you are ready to use

Preheat oven to 350'.  These brownies will be THICK and moist--so we choose to use an 8x8 pan--use larger if you like them thinner--grease the pan.
To make the brownie base, combine the bean,s oil, cocoa, salt, vanilla and honey/syrup into a food processor and blend till smooth.  
Transfer to large bowl and FOLD --- "Folding" is a more gentle mixing technique than "stirring" and "mixing". Stirring and mixing both denote a more vigorous action.  Folding is usually used for items where something has previously been whipped (such as egg whites or cream) or where tenderness is desired and thus less mixing is advisable (muffins & biscuits).  Folding is usually done with a rubber spatula (for liquid & dry ingredients) or with a wire whisk (often beneficial for whipped cream and egg whites so that the mixture gently incorporates as it falls through the wires).
Pour into prepared pan and spread gently with spatula.  Next , make the swiri mixture ---Place the goat cheese, cream cheese, vanilla and honey in bowl, stirring till smooth. Spoon this over the brownie mixture, and then sprinkle the rough cut raspberries on top...takle a knife and gently swirl the layers in the pan,
This is tricky to keep these babies moist, so check at intervals of 15 minutes, turning pan and checking with toothpick to make sure center is done but NOT overcooked--plan on at least 30 minutes of cooking, but time will differ a bit based on heating in oven........remove, cool on rack and cut into delectable slices

Lightly sweet, amber-colored and smooth, Brown Rice Syrup is a nutritive sweetener that is about half as sweet as sugar. Brown rice syrup is a tasty alternative for those who watch their sugar intake. Bake with it, pour it over ice cream or pancakes, or stir it into your morning coffee.

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