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Super Boost Your Teen's Brain Power

Updated on July 17, 2014
Give your teen's brain a boost: make these healthy, sweet protein brownies as a morning treat.
Give your teen's brain a boost: make these healthy, sweet protein brownies as a morning treat. | Source

As a parent, your anxiety level rises upon hearing how poorly your teen performs in school. The latest parent-teacher consultation reflected minimal concentration in class and failing grades in most of her subjects. Additionally, the teacher noted your child's mood bounces up and down, at times leading to bouts of frustration, internally and externally.

You are questioned about her eating habits. Does she eat well before school? What types of foods are provided for breakfast? Upon reflection, you can't recall what she consumed that morning, let alone the rest of the week. Your teen is quite picky and getting her to eat some mornings is quite impossible. The teacher believes your adolescent's eating habits may be the cause of her inability to focus and maintain alert during the day. How can you change this for the better?

Proverbs and Quotes

—Half a brain is too much for him who says little.

—We need brain more than belly food.

—Brain is worth more than brawn.

—Where there are no brains, there is no feeling.

—The less the brains, the bigger the hat.

(Anonymous)

Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork -- reading, writing, thinking -- can.

—Helen Gurley Brown

My hand moves because certain forces----electric, magnetic, or whatever 'nerve-force' may prove to be----are impressed on it by my brain. This nerve-force, stored in the brain, would probably be traceable, if Science were complete, to chemical forces supplied to the brain by the blood, and ultimately derived from the food I eat and the air I breathe.

—Lewis Carroll (from Sylvie and Bruno, 1890)

Protein and Your Child's Brain

The old expression "you are what you eat" applies to teens and brain development. What a person eats affects how they feel, think, and act, especially at this stage of life. Providing a teen with a nutritious, healthy diet improves the brain's ability to perform at home and in school. A diet filled with empty calories, high sugar content, and processed foods has a negative effect on a child's mental and bodily functions.

The teen brain needs the proper fuel to function properly. The best energy comes from a diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, glucose and minerals. When it comes to protein, the brain uses it to communicate, strengthen hormones and enzymes. It also helps keep the mind alert via amino acids (the building blocks of protein).

Protein, along with complex carbohydrates, is vital to the adolescent brain development. Neurons in the brain make use of protein to communicate and alert the body how to react to outside stimuli. Furnishing an adolescent at the start of his day with protein balances or stabilizes blood sugar, which helps neurotransmitters to function properly. When the blood sugar is properly balanced, the child's emotional responses to outside stimuli improves and this boosts the brain's ability to reason, resulting in positive learning experiences.

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3D Representaion of myoglobin protein molecule.
3D Representaion of myoglobin protein molecule. | Source

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Feeding The Brain

Because I tend to need protein to keep my motor running all day, I stash healthy food snacks in my purse or briefcase. When I feel myself a little low on fuel in the morning, I reach for a protein snack. Now, I don't know about you, but I find that most of the protein bars available lack flavor and have the texture of chewy rubber. And, I imagine teens have little interest in eating these treats as a source of energy.

In order to satisfy my palette, I played around with a brownie recipe until I came up with a healthy, sweet, edible protein treat that even a young adolescent would enjoy. This moist brownie-type bar has all the nutrition a body needs to jump start a morning. It is filled with healthy ingredients such as dates, coconut, peanuts, cocoa, and black beans. Believe me, the black beans are disguised within the contents — if your teen is picky about eating veggies, he or she won't notice.

On a side note, my hubby and I tried these bars after dinner the first night and discovered the energy provided in the brownie kept us up until well past midnight. Lesson learned: eat them early in the day unless you need to stay awake through the night. However, this little delicacy is just the thing your adolescent needs to keep the mind working properly throughout the day.

The Food Highlights

Item
Benefits
Vitamins, Minerals & More
Dates
Invert sugars easily absorbed and processed. Provides energy.
1 date provides 2g of fiber. Also provides niacin, magnesium, phosphorus
Cocoa
Contains antioxidant (flavinoids). Keeps blood pressure down and reduces blood's ability to clot. Low amounts of caffeine.
Provides iron, zinc, potassium, manganese, Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E.
Raspberry
The fruit is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Contains Vitamins K and C, magnesium and fiber
Coconut
The flesh helps control blood sugar and lower cholesterol. It helps the body feel full.
Provides iron, potassium, and fiber.
Peanuts
The higest benefit is protein.
Gives the body good cholesterol, phosphorus, niacin, manganese and potassium.
Rice Flour
Gluten free, easy to digest, low in fat.
Rich in carbohydrates, potassium, protein.
Sunflower Oil
Has a light taste, lowers cardiovascular disease, provides natural energy, helps prevent asthma and arthritis
Provides folic acid, zinc, Vitamins B & E.
Black Beans
Black beans are low in saturated fats, high in fiber. Provides protein and aids the digestive track.
Folate, copper, iron, and Vitamin B1
 
Source: nutritiondata.com; livestrong.com
 

Rate This Recipe

5 stars from 8 ratings of Super Fruit Brownie Treat

Super Fruit Brownie Treat

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 8 to 10 people

Packing and Storing

If you are on-the-go, pack the treats in a container (BPA free preferred). It will prevent purchasing your teen a sugary snack later.
If you are on-the-go, pack the treats in a container (BPA free preferred). It will prevent purchasing your teen a sugary snack later. | Source
Store the brownies in a brown bag on your kitchen counter.  This will keep them firm, yet moist.
Store the brownies in a brown bag on your kitchen counter. This will keep them firm, yet moist. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 oz) black beans, low-sodium, rinse and drain
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chop in half
  • 1 cup rice flour, or whole wheat
  • 1 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, dairy & glutten free
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea-salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sunflower oil, grape or safflower oil
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla bean paste, or pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup, (optional: adds taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 X 8 inch baking pan with the sunflower oil.
  2. Combine black beans, dates, preserves and vanilla in a food processor. Process until a smooth paste-like consistency.
  3. Add flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, and salt. Process in the blender.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth the top. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
  5. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Serve.

Extra Recipe Tips

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Use low-sodium, organic beans, if possible.  Rinse and drain them before adding to the other ingredients.  Dates are a natural sweetener.  Chop them in half before processing.  This will make the blending easier.  Red organic raspberries add flavor to this recipe.  You can substitute cherry if you desire a sweeter flavor, or smoother texture.  I used organic, dairy, soy, and glutten-free chocolate chips. The coconut was unsweetened, also organic.  When processing, because it is thick, you may need to switch between settings to produce a smooth paste or dough.  Use a spatula to spread the dough and smooth the top.  When toting, place the brownies between sheets of wax paper to keep them from sticking together and falling apart.
Use low-sodium, organic beans, if possible.  Rinse and drain them before adding to the other ingredients.
Use low-sodium, organic beans, if possible. Rinse and drain them before adding to the other ingredients. | Source
Dates are a natural sweetener.  Chop them in half before processing.  This will make the blending easier.
Dates are a natural sweetener. Chop them in half before processing. This will make the blending easier.
Red organic raspberries add flavor to this recipe.  You can substitute cherry if you desire a sweeter flavor, or smoother texture.
Red organic raspberries add flavor to this recipe. You can substitute cherry if you desire a sweeter flavor, or smoother texture.
I used organic, dairy, soy, and glutten-free chocolate chips. The coconut was unsweetened, also organic.
I used organic, dairy, soy, and glutten-free chocolate chips. The coconut was unsweetened, also organic.
When processing, because it is thick, you may need to switch between settings to produce a smooth paste or dough.
When processing, because it is thick, you may need to switch between settings to produce a smooth paste or dough.
Use a spatula to spread the dough and smooth the top.
Use a spatula to spread the dough and smooth the top.
When toting, place the brownies between sheets of wax paper to keep them from sticking together and falling apart.
When toting, place the brownies between sheets of wax paper to keep them from sticking together and falling apart.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 350
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 9 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

The Proof Is In The First Bite

The chewy, moist brownie has a scrumptious fruity-chocolate taste.
The chewy, moist brownie has a scrumptious fruity-chocolate taste. | Source

Disclaimer

The information is made available with the understanding that the author is not providing medical, psychological, or nutritional counseling services in this article. The information should not be used in place of a consultation with a competent health care or nutrition professional.

The information on dietary factors and supplements, foods, and beverages contained in this article does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side effects, and interactions. It is not intended as nutritional or medical advice for individual problems. Liability for individual actions or omissions based upon the contents of this article is expressly disclaimed.

© 2014 Dianna Mendez

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    • teaches12345 profile image
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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Robin, I love your version. I must try switching to coconut as I love the flavor. Good to have your thoughts on this one.

      Thumb, I remember all the wrong foods I ate as a teen. My mom tried to make me eat healthy - wish I would have listened to her! Hope this helps satisfy your teen sweet craving and makes your heart smile.

      Till, Thank you for the best wishes. I appreciate your support and am so grateful. You are such a dear friend. Congrats on your Best Avatar award, it's a winning look! Be blessed!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Congrats on your well deserved Hubbie!

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      This was the need of the hour for me.

      I have a teen who is very fussy about eating food. She sips on coca cola and eats chips

      I have tough time making her eat some protein food

      Thanks for sharing this

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      Diana, love this. I myself do a more modest version with carob, dates, beans, and almond butter. However, you can swipe out the rice flour and use coconut flour.

      You are very creative, but I expect that, you are a teacher.

      Robin

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Tamara, it sounds like your daughter would love this treat. I can't think of any teen who doesn't love chocolate and peants together. Thanks for visiting.

      Till, yes we want to boost teen brain power in a good way. Thanks for commenting and support. Enjoy a wonderful day.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Anything we can do to "boost our teen's brain power" is a good thing and what better than food! Leave it to you to provide a great, yummy recipe to fill the bill.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Tamara14 3 years ago

      Great hub! Thank you for sharing these excellent tips and ideas. My teen daughter loves brownies, peanuts and some fruits so this looks like a very good idea for her. This one is going right to my recipe notebook :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Shari, your choices for snacking are excellent for those dear grandkids. Keep up the good work!

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      Sharon Berry 3 years ago from Michigan

      Teens don't realize how important their diet is for a healthy body as well as for the brain. As a grandma I try to have nuts, beef jerky and lots of fruit in the house at all times....you never know when one of those sweeties pops in.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Audrey, hope you enjoy them. I know I do. Take care.

      Btrbell, it is a good one for those who eat vegan. Glad you find it a good choice.

      Perspy, thank you for your visit.

      George, it is a good source of protein, which kids need daily. Thanks for your positive comment.

      Jacqklin, I am glad you found the recipe good. Hope you are having a wonderful day in your part of the world.

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      jacqklin 3 years ago from ITALY

      Good one!

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      This is something a great tips for all parents and fortunately I am providing some sort of protein food for my kids..

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Boy, a serving of that, a steamed hot dog, and KFC's mashed potato and gravy will complete one's saturated fat for the whole day.

      How about a sixth of a lemon (peel and all except the seed(s), a good-sized glass of pure water, and 30 minutes of good exercise as a "start for the day"?

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect recipe for this vegan household! We are always on the hunt for something yummy and decadent. This looks like it will fit the bill and healthy, too! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      What a great idea for everyone really--I have not tried these before but I will now!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lady E, glad you like the recipe idea. You'll make a great parent one day!

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful read and thanks for the Recipes. I hope to remember these, when I become a parent some day. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Suzanne, I remember many mornings trying to concentrate on an empty stomach. Not my mom's fault, she provided, I just skipped breakfast. Thanks for commenting and your sharing from experience. Enjoy your day.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Mmmmm the brownie looks yummy and teens would love it! It makes sense that if teens get the usual vitamins, they also need the carbs and gluten as I remember being starving hungry all the time as an adolescent! Voted interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Sparklingcrystal, I eat them myself and I am way past the teen years! Thanks for visiting and enjoy your evening.

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      sparklingcrystal 3 years ago from Manila

      Awesome post! I could use this myself. I always see to it that I always include foods rich in protein in my meal.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Peach, I love those small bags of peanuts. They get me through the day. Good to have you visit. Be safe out there.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i vote for peanuts, granola bars are expensive and sweet

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Great stuff, it is a type of energy bar buy without the unwanted fillers. I thank you for commenting. Enjoy your day, dear friend.

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      I have a few boxes of dates still unopened and will now use them with your recipe. I will pass it to my youngest son who is now in the Uni, but I think I will probably use it more, when I go to the gym!! It looks and sounds more like an energy bar.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Carter, protein is a great boost to the brain for teens and helps with the energy in a good way -- not like the energy drinks. Thanks for your visit. Be careful out there.

      Peg, these treats are ones that can be eaten on the run, a handy thing for kids today. Glad you came by and I thank you grandly. Take care.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      The gorgeous picture drew me in from the start and once I read about the nutritional benefits of these treats, I was amazed. I'll be printing this out and posting it on my Food Ideas board for use. Thank you.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great idea teaches..any attempt to get protein and good brain food into a teen is an excellent idea and parents need all the help they can get if you ask me..will share and tweet this one..Cheers

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      It may be a new taste for your teens and take some time for adoption, but it is a treat that will help them stay alert and feed their brain. Thanks for your feedback and valuable contribution to the conversation. Have a wonderful week, dear friend.

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      Maggie.L 3 years ago from UK

      Who would think you could disguise black beans so easily? A great idea for helping keep teens on top of things. My two teens can get lethargic, especially in the run up to exams. Thanks for a very useful recipe. Will definitely be trying it out.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Koralee, I think coffee would go great with this brownie (mostly because I love coffee). Coconut contributes to our bodies in so many ways and helps with those who suffer from diabetes. Thanks for the comment and I hope your daughter does give it a try.

      Annart, so glad you found the post useful. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful week. Blessings.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Looks delicious and my teenage granddaughter would love this; a must-try! You have packed this hub with useful and interesting info, much of which I did not know beforehand. Brilliant!

      Ann

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      Koralee Phillips 3 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Great Hub! I start the day with coffee and fruit. Your super fruit brownie treat sounds delicious.

      My daughter is 20 now, and I cringe when I see what she has for breakfast...An energy drink and coffee. But, I think I could convince her to try these brownies for lunch :).

      I was also surprised that coconuts were so healthy. I like them in recipes, but I've never tried them directly...Thanks for the information.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hi Torrilynn, you are so right. Teens need this protein in order to function well, especially when it comes to school studies. Enjoy your day, sweet friend.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I think and feel that nutrition is necessary especially as a teenager because you are learning new things, you are in school, and for your overall health and well being. Well written and useful hub. Voted up and awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am totally convinced that what we eat determines our future. Thanks for your valued comment, Love Doctor. Enjoy your day!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      A very good hub. You make valid points. You are what you eat which is why breakfast is so important. Those brownies look delicious!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Mekenzie, they are not as sweet as traditional brownies but they fill the need for good protein with flavor. I hope you like them.

      Inspired, I find this treat is appealing with children and teens - just don't tell them it's good for them! Thanks for stopping in to chat.

      Audrey, you made me smile. I have eaten my share of this and I do not feel bad for NOT sharing with others.

      Tom, it would be much better for everyone if healthier food choices were avialable in stores. Glad you stopped by to share your thoughts.

      Riaha, do try them. You may like them. I appreciate your visit and support.

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      rlaha 3 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Very interesting hub! I may need to use some of the recipes for myself :). Thanks for sharing !

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      Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Your recipe for "sweet protein brownies" looks delicious! I wish local markets sold healthy treats like this instead of the traditional sugar/fat filled edibles.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm not sure which I like better - the photo or your recipe. :) This is exactly what I need. I will follow your recipe and make myself a batch this weekend. Yummy. And I could use the energy too. Sorry, teens. Grandma comes first.

      Votes across and sharing. - Audrey

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      Yvette Stupart 3 years ago from Jamaica

      This is a very useful hub. Good nutrition is important in all stages of life. But a great deal of changes take place during the teen years, hence the need for proper eating habits. These brownies should be very appealing to teens. Delicious!

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi teaches, Great and educational article for everyone. Protein is such an important building block for the brain and general health.

      These brownies look heavenly - can't imagine the ingredients together - but I'll trust you and try it. Nutritionally much healthier than traditional brownies.

      Have a great day - GREAT hub voted up and over!

      Mekenizie

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Joe, glad to hear you would try this recipe. I like the moist texture of this bar. Hope your day is going well.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Wow great ingredient, haven't seen anything like this before so I'm excited to try it.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Mary, Oligsinquito, Dreamer, B, Tina, Barbara, Ignugent17, Minnetonka, DeBorrah, Linda, Suzette, Midget,

      Thank you for your responses and visit. These bars are just the thing for adult pick me ups as well. I like the idea of having them for the annual AP testings. Also, if storing in a paper bag, make sure you wrap or layer them in wax paper. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Blessings.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      We could all use these pick me ups! Wish I'd know this when UI was a teen! Sharing!!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub and thanks so much for sharing your protein brownie bar recipe with us. I am like you, I need to replenish my body's protein during the day, so this recipe will help with that. Students need to realize that a good died, especially, breakfast, is so important for optimal success in school, especially during test taking. I used to bring protein bars and other snacks in for students on test day for them to eat. Diet is so important for everything in life. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I had run into a similar recipe before. I made them and still eat them because I like the protein brownies. I hadn't thought of children having them to help boost their nutrition.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 3 years ago

      Teaches12345, Marvelous thought provoking hub! You have made some excellent points and given us a healthy recipe as well! A brownie with black beans, that boost your energy and brain power, WOW! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings! Voted UP!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent article with great information. Our teens do not eat breakfast and we try so hard to get them to. Maybe the brownie recipe will do the trick. Great hub my friend.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Your brownies looks so good Diana! I think I will try to do this one of these days. I will be back to look at the recipe again. I do hope it will boost my brain too.

      Have a wonderful day! :-)

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I wish I would have had this recipe when my son and daughter were younger. Most breakfasts before school were just cereal or oatmeal. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tina Truelove 3 years ago

      I'm 44 and I work with 4 and 5 year old little energy machines. I need to make a lot of these. I didn't know that storing brownies in a brown paper bag would keep preserve them and keep them moist. Now I do. Thanks Dianna.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with my wife. Sounds good.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      This looks an interesting and useful recipe. Will try this.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Teens need good nutrition and bars in the morning are an excellent choice, because they are often rushing out of the house, and these grab-and-go meals are so handy.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I would never have thought of adding black beans to a bar like this, but I love them. I like all the ingredients you used!

      I have bookmarked this Hub for later reference. I have a teen aged son and he might just eat these.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Aviannovice, I will have to try the cherry smoothie. I love cherries and natural energy is what I need to keep me going all day.

      Truth, I confess: I do eat these brownies for the protein.

      Thanks much for stopping in to comment. I enjoy seeing you both and reading your encouraging words.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I agree with other that this seems like a good treat for not just teens but adults. Seems like a healthy energy boost and much needed in the morning times.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is an excellent food for teens as well as adults. Another good item is a bing cherry smoothie, but have that early in the day as well, for it will keep you revving until rater late.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ocfireflies, good to see you! Good to hear the kids are eating well and you see the effects. It does make a difference.

      Jackie, hope carobs does it for you.

      Anglnwu, the black beans are for protein and the dates add natural sweetness to the brownie. All good for you!

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      anglnwu 3 years ago

      Your brownie recipe is interesting. Never thought of adding black beans and dates but they make sense. Rated up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will do that Dianna; thank you. I use to buy carob candy years ago but had forgotten all about it.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey There!

      SO sorry it has taken me awhile to get back going. I am hoping that I am finally finding my rhythm again. What an incredible hub! I have been tutoring a few kids and noting the difference between how well our session goes and what they ate just before we began. You are right on the mark with this information. I plan on trying out your recipe and passing it along as well. V+ all the way! I hope you are well.

      Many Blessings,

      Kim

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Rajan, I ate most of them by myself. Yes, they were pretty good. Thanks for the votes, dear friend.

      Tolovaj, so true, fats are a good part of brain tissue. Thanks for the added value to this post. Take care.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      You are totally right, we are what we eat. Another important group which is too often neglected are quality fats. Our brain is actually very fatty tissue, so we have to eat proper fats. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That brownie not only looks good but has a whole lot of nutrition so necessary for children.

      Voted up and rated 5 stars.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Nell, I agree - healthier should be our goal this year. It was nice seeing you're here today.

      Tashaonthetown, what a great idea - these treats would be just the thing for exam time.

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting and useful information that I will definitely use.

      Kids during exams need extra care!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Sorry I am late! lol! totally missed this one! what a great hub, and the recipe sounds amazing! we all need to get healthier and as the old saying goes, feed the brain and the body follows! lol! great hub voted up and shared! nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub with very useful suggestions and tips! And I think this applies to all age groups including aging persons.

      And the recipe sounds delicious. I am definitely going to try this.

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub! Voted up!

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      very brainy tea

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, we can certainly use some of these ourselves, Dianna. Shared!

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      Ronna Pennington 3 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks for the tips! I'm looking for new gluten-free ideas for my kiddo and maybe these protein brownies will do the trick (shhh....don't tell her there are beans in there)

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this unique healthy recipe with wonderful ingredients. This is very beneficial way for teenagers to get protein. Very helpful. Voted Up!!!

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the fabulous recipe, teaches! I should boost my own brain with some brownies, too :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very interesting. I could definitely see the value in these foods. I know if I eat anything sugary, within an hour I'm pretty tired and unmotivated. Great tips!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Alicia, the beans add protein and fiber to the mix without overwhelming the flavor. Hope you enjoy them soon.

      Jo, glad this recipe is one you will try. It is pretty tasty yet healthy for you.

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      Jo Miller 3 years ago from Tennessee

      Just the type of recipe I'm looking for at present. Thanks for sharing. Bookmarking this for later use.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a very useful recipe, Dianna. It's also interesting, especially with beans as one of the ingredients! I love anything with chocolate in it, so I'm eager to try these brownies. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Millionaire,

      Pamela,

      Vellur,

      Jhamann,

      Thanks for your visit and comment on this post. I appreciate the feedback and support. I'm glad to see that you are willing to give this recipe a try. I am packing some tonight for a trip tomorrow. Have a great weekend and be safe out there.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I am going to give this a try on my first grader. Thank you. Jamie

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great protein bar recipe, better to make them at home rather than buy them. Thank you for sharing this recipe, will try this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I still begin each day with coffee and guess I'm addicted. I enjoyed this hub very much even though my grandchildren are at the end of their teenage years. The recipe looks delicious and I am going to try it. I think this is a very important hub if you have teens, but also important for adults.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      That looks delicious! How nice that you are able to provide such a tasty way to help prevent energy lag in teenagers.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Faith,

      Mary,

      Rtalloni,

      DDE,

      Phyllis,

      Bill,

      Eddy,

      Purl,

      Mbuggieh,

      Rebecca,

      Wonderful to see each of you and to read all your responses on this article. Your comments are appreciated. I'm glad some of you are willing to give the recipe a try. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Spring!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very unique recipe! And just in time for all of that end-of-the-year testing!

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      mbuggieh 3 years ago

      You can make these with chic peas/garbanzo beans AND use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil to make them even healthier...:)

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds yummy! I actually have almost all these ingredients on hand (a rare occurrence in our house) except the vanilla paste. We buy and eat a lot of energy bars and this recipe sounds like a great substitute. Can't wait to try them :) Voted up and pinned!!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Dianna and I am also very partial to tea and chocolate.

      Great work and voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tea and chocolate....every morning...now you know my secret. LOL

      Great information, Dianna, but I expect nothing less from you. Well done my friend.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I must try these for not only my grandson, but myself. They sure look good and the ingredients tell me they are delicious as well as nutritional. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! It is so important to healthy to have a healthy brain and teenagers need to eat properly. Useful, informative and most helpful facts to keep in mind.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your healthy brownies! It's good to see the encouragement to help kids/teens eat to feed their bodies and brains along with this recipe. I'm looking forward to trying it out soon. Pinning to my Ways w/ Food: Kids board.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I have an 18 yr. old son who is a very "picky" eater, but I'll bet he would eat these bars! I have bookmarked this so I can make some for him. Very interesting facts included in your Hub. Thanks!

      Voted UP and shared so social sites.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I no longer have any teenagers in the house, but I sure could use that boost in the morning and what a delicious way to get that boost! These look extra yummy and satisfying, plus giving us that protein to get our brains thinking!

      As to teenagers, you are so right, they are such picky eaters, it's no wonder they always feel so sluggish to get going and want to sleep during school and cannot focus ... it is their diet!

      I wish I had this recipe when my children were teens.

      Great article. Up and more, tweeting, pinning

      Have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jackie, I ate one today at mid morning. Honestly, I was energized all day with none of that giddy feeling you get from sources like caffeine. I felt pretty good. Try using carob instead of the cocoa, it may help and yet still taste good. Have a great day.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sure looks good! Might be what this old lady needs to get through the day. Might be good for old people, no? Unless it makes the heart race, lol. I have had chocolate do that to me. Honestly though it looks so delicious! Hey it might be good to give the young ones before the chores need done! ^+