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Nutrition

MY HEALTHY BROWNIE RECIPE

November 21, 2015

Star ingredient: black beans! Black beans, also known as turtle beans, provide antioxidants and are a great source of fiber and lean protein. Now using beans to make brownies may not sound appetizing, but I promise, you can’t even taste them in this recipe. I’ve tried a lot of brown bean recipes in the past (in my former life as a nutrition editor) and most of them turn out dry and not sweet enough to constitute as dessert. This healthy brownie recipe has the perfect ratio of wet to dry ingredients to create a moist chocolate-y treat that is more foodie than hippie. Enjoy!

Makes 10 brownies  / Prep time: 10 min / Cook time: 35 min

Ingredients

Wet:

  • 3/4 cup cooked black beans (fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unpasteurized honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips, divided

Dry:

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Puree all the wet ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) in a blender until smooth.
  3. Melt half of the chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute and add to the wet ingredients in the blender. Pulse to blend. Reserve the un-melted chocolate chips for later.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Combine the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, stirring to create a thick batter.
  6. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick poked in comes out dry. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting into rectangles or squares. Serve.

Nutrients per 1 brownie: 109 calories, 9 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 84 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 1 g iron.