Black Bean Brownies: A Secret Way to Add Nutrition to Dessert!

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July 30, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

Every kid loves a rich, gooey, chocolatey brownie for dessert. What if I told you there were a way to make this delicious treat more healthy and nutritious? Incorporating black beans into your brownies is a great way to silently add protein and fiber into your post-dinner desserts. You cannot even taste this wholesome legume if you follow this naturally gluten-free recipe found on “Chocolate Covered Katie’s” Dessert Blog:

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder- dutch or regular (10g) (add a little extra if desired)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g) (See nutrition facts link below for all substitution notes.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (Honey will work, but not for strict vegans.) (75g)
  • 2 nunaturals stevia packs or 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (40g) (See “nutrition facts” link for all substitution notes.)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)
  • optional: more chips, for presentation

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. Makes 9-12 brownies.

Once your kids see how delicious these brownies can be, include them in the preparation process so they can see for themselves how delicious black beans can be. Who knows, maybe they will become more open to incorporating them into other foods in the future!

Sources: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/

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