Secretly Healthy Brownies

These brownies are full of butter, cream, sugar, eggs, etc. (my nose is getting longer). Truth be told, black turtle beans showed flour the door and avocado stole butter’s place. I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious. You’ve never seen brownies like this before!  Black beans have a creamy interior which makes these brownies extra squishy, for lack of a better term.

Black bean brownies.

I’m not reinventing the wheel here but I’d never tried out this type of recipe and I’m a firm believer it’s never too early or too late to try something new. In fact, I’d been wanting to try a black bean brownie recipe since I started college 6 years ago (no joke haha). I was excited like a proton when I discovered my dessert turned out well. Actually, it’s so darn good, it may just be my new Achille’s heel.

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Fudgy-ohhhhhhh!

Constituents:

  • 1 1/2 cup black turtle beans, cooked or canned
  • 1 small avocado or 1/2 large
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
  • 3/4 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. soy beverage (or other alternative “milk”)
  • 1/3 or 1/2 cup of honey (use 1/2 cup for a sweeter batch/if you’re not sweet enough 😉 )
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Process soy milk, ground flaxseeds, beans, vanilla, avocado, honey in a food processor until homogeneously mixed.
  3. Add in cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and mix yet again until homogeneously mixed. We like things homogenous.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, keeping a few for topping the brownies.
  5. Grease an 8 inch square pan with coconut oil and spoon mixture into pan.
  6. Top brownie dough with a few chocolate chips, just for good luck.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy these sensational goodies.
  9. Store in the fridge or freeze for later if you have that kind of willpower.

Did you know?

Cocoa powder is a source of protein and fiber? This means cocoa powder can help you wave goodbye to perpetual hunger. 30 grams of cocoa provides 6 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. Cocoa is an excellent source of phosphorous (important for bone and tooth health) and boasts magnesium which partakes in muscle contraction and in immune system functioning. I’m not even done! Cocoa has 2-3 times the antioxidant capacity of green tea and 2 times the antioxidant capacity of wine. The bottom line is, healthy desserts made with dark chocolate or cocoa are festive to consume while taking care of your bod.

Black turtle beans are little flavour bombshells and actually have a slightly sweet taste. What’s more, these beans (and other legumes while we’re at it), as opposed to meat, are a source of protein AND fiber. Meat does not contain dietary fiber (though it contains muscle fibers to be politically correct). Geez, it’s like protein and fiber are the theme of this blog post 🙂 .

I’m hired, right? 😉

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Sink your choppers into this plantastic treat.

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