I mean it, these brownies are too good to be true! They’re fudgey, chewy, decadent, and delicious. AND, they’re healthy!! You heard that correctly, they are HEALTHY! I’ve long heard about these so-called healthy brownies, but had no intention of messing up one of my favorite desserts to add…gasp…black beans. Ick!
Well, I stand corrected.
These healthy brownies are full of fiber, protein, omega-3′s; and, they’re gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and vegan. Win-win-win!
Not only are these treats just as good as the real thing, I’m going to venture to say that they’re better in some regards. They’re healthier (duh), but they’re also much more rich than your normal boxed brownies. In recent years, I’ve come to really love dark, dark chocolate, so these fit the bill perfectly. And, to top it all of, they’re truly a cinch to make! I adapted my recipe from this one, so feel free to experiment as well!
What You’ll Need::
- 1 15oz can organic black beans, drained & rinsed
- 2 flax eggs
- 3 Tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup pure, unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup raw local honey
- 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
- optional toppings: organic, unsweetened coconut flakes, organic, raw almonds
What to Do::
1) Preheat oven to 325º
2) Grease an 8×8 baking pan with additional coconut oil
3) Prepare flax eggs by mixing 1 Tbsp flax seed meal and 3 Tbsp water, per egg and let sit for 3-5 minutes
4) Place eggs and remaining ingredients (exclude optional toppings) in a food processor (or high powered blender) and process for about 3 min, or until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
5) Pour batter into prepared pan and add toppings, if desired
6) Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the center mostly clean. These brownies are meant to be a little gooey, so you’ll never get a fully dry toothpick. Watch for the sides of the brownies to pull away from the pan and cook longer if needed.
7) Allow to cool 30-minutes (torture, I know!) on a cooling rack before cutting and removing from pan.
8) Enjoy! Store in an airtight container for a few days, if they last that long because as you can see, there’s no photo of the finished product to share. Whoops!
Nourish and Be Nourished::