What’s Been Cooking in My Kitchen


I had a busy day today in my kitchen and took some pictures to share what I have been up to. 


I made a delicious new crockpot bean dish for dinner.  I called it Hamburger Pineapple Bean Bake. The family enjoyed it a lot.  I served it with homemade coleslaw and tortilla chips. Here is a picture of it in the crockpot:



I started cooking my beans first thing this morning. While they were cooking I ground up some soft white wheat and used it to make Blueberry Muffins. I purchased some more organic blueberries in my last Azure Standard order and wanted to use them. 



After they were done cooking I cleaned things up did a little house work and then my beans were done. I assembled my bean dish. Then I made a dessert for after dinner and I know after you read the title you will think I have gone a little nutty with my beans.. but I have to tell you it was soooo good!!   I made Pinto Bean Cake. My kids ate it, knowing there were pinto beans in it (it is extremely difficult to be stealthful in this house LOL).. They took their first bites waiting to taste beans and they could not! J They gave it a “2 thumbs up” and Jacob (my bottomless stomach) had seconds. Here is a picture of the finished cake and then one piece I served up with a scoop of ice cream. The glaze topping is poured on while the cake is hot and it sinks into the cake making it so moist and yummy!  




Now for the recipes!


Hamburger Pineapple Bean Bake (crockpot meal)

Crystal Miller


2 cups dried pinto beans

1 cup dried black beans

12 cups water

1 T salt

1 lb hamburger

1 onion, chopped

½ cup chopped peppers (green or red or yellow)

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 T prepared mustard

2 T molasses

1 20oz can pineapple chunks

1 ½ cups bbq sauce

salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot combine the dried beans, water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce and cover and cook until the beans are soft, about 3 hours. Drain beans saving some of the bean broth to add later. 


In a frying pan cook the hamburger, onions and peppers until the hamburger is no longer pink and the veggies are soft. 


Put the beans along with the meat and veggies into a 5 or 6qt crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for about 5 hours. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. 



Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Crystal Miller


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 t baking soda

1 ¼ cups buttermilk

1 egg

½ cup honey

1/3 cup coconut oil


In a medium sized mixing bowl combine flour and baking soda. In a small bowl combine the rest of the ingredients, melting the coconut oil slightly before adding.  Add this to the flour and baking soda and stir until just mixed.


Spay a muffin pan with non-stick spray. Spoon batter into each muffin cup. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 muffins. 



Pinto Bean Cake

Crystal Miller


½ cup butter

2 cups cane juice crystals

2 cups pinto bean puree (see below)

2 eggs

1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 t baking powder

1 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

½ t ground cloves



1 cup sucanat

¼ cup milk

½ cup butter

1 t vanilla


In a mixer cream together butter and cane juice crystals. Add eggs mixing well after each one is added. Add pinto bean puree and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 325 for 1 hour.


To make glaze combine sucanat, milk, and butter in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir. Pour over hot cake.


To Make Bean Puree:

Combine 1 cup dried pinto beans and 4 cups water in a medium size sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover and cook beans for about 3 hours or until they are soft. When the beans have finished cooking, drain them saving the bean broth. Put beans in blender and add a couple of tablespoons of the broth and blend until the beans are smooth. Add more broth if needed, but not too much. The beans should be the consistency of refried beans.


  1. It all looks yummy ! I wil have to try hiding the beans too. Anything to sneak in extra nutrition.

  2. The bean bake looks awesome...my African children would definately love that...will give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing the recipes with us.


  3. A lady at church makes a cake like this, only she uses a can of PORK and beans. I can handle the thought of the beans in a cake, but not so much the pork, lol! Everyone seems to love it, so who am I to judge? ;-)

    Thanks for sharing...I would definitely try this!


  4. Thanks for the recipes - can't wait to try them. Beans in cake??? Hmmmmm. I'm game tho. Anything to make things more healthy.

    Thanks again - Michele

  5. Can I use regular sugar or powdered sugar instead of the cane juice crystals and sucanat in this recipe? I am very excited to try it. I have been trying for a long time to get my kids to eat beans ;)


  6. Crystal,

    I am going to have to try your bean cake! I just got the book Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, learning to hide healthy stuff in everyday dishes ;-)

    Tag you're it! I know you're busy, but if you find you have a couple min, look here:



  7. I tried making this last night...it came at a great time, when I was trying to find a way to use beans without it being actual chili. My family really enjoyed it and I'm linking to your recipe here from my blog post at http://homesteadingthebackforty.blogspot.com

    I just discovered your blog and really love it! Can't wait to try the bean cake :)

  8. Just thought I'd let you know, I baked your cake the other night and my family absolutely loved it! Of course, they had no idea what was inside, and I think I'll keep it that way for now!! Thank you for the helpful, healthful hint! - TravelinPilgrim (www.travelinpilgrim.blogspot.com)

  9. The bean cake does look exceptionally yummy. I made some black bean brownies last winter - I was suprised that you really couldn't tell. Great way to make dessert with a health kick ;)

  10. Hi Crystal!

    I was curious about the blueberry muffins... what is the measurement for the amount of blueberries? I also can't wait to try the cake!!

  11. I also was wondering how many blubeberries to use. Thanks! Stephanie in TN


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