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Better For You, Healthy Brownies

May 29, 2017

The black bean brownie recipes are not a new thing. I’ve been making them (or attempting to) for years now. But the only ones I could get to turn out well were the kind that use a boxed brownie recipe. That was until I found these better for you, healthy brownies. Only 6 ingredients and they don’t take long to make.

I’ve tried my share of black bean brownies from scratch, so I’m pretty leery of new recipes. But, the ingredients in this one sounded too good to be true. Luckily, they aren’t! They have a perfect soft, but not too gooey texture and the perfect sweetness.

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The best from scratch, black bean brownies!

These brownies use my signature chia “eggs”, so begin by mixing those with water so they can sit. If you’re almonds aren’t already ground, that’s your next step. Add about 1 1/2 cups whole almonds to the food processor and pulse until ground. Measure out the 1 1/4 cups you need after they’re ground and set aside. Any leftover ground almonds are great to add to oatmeal or can be sprinkled on top of the brownies.

Now, you’re ready to add the black beans and dates to the food processor. No need to clean any left over almond crumbs out of the processor first. We don’t have a very strong processor, so after a few pulses I had to go ahead and add about half the maple syrup in order to get the beans and dates smooth.

Next, everything goes into the processor together until well combined. In addition to not being very strong, our processor is also not very big. I added everything except the ground almonds and processed to combine. Then I stirred in the almonds by hand. And that’s it!

Pour them into your pan, top with walnuts if using, and into the oven they go!

This recipe is originally from MindBodyGreen but I found the recipe on the local yoga studio’s website. These aren’t the lowest calorie or lowest fat brownies I’ve ever seen. However, they are packing in SO much nutrition in those 6 powerful ingredients that you’re really doing yourself a favor by eating them. Every gram of fat that you’re getting from these is healthy, plant-based, and full of Omega-3’s. Enjoying foods that leave you feeling satisfied, like these brownies, are much better that a less fulfilling sweet treat.

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Better For You Brownies
High protein, perfectly sweetened, 6 ingredient, black bean brownies!
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
Brownies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
Brownies
Ingredients
healthy, brownies, dessert, recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line baking pan with parchment or grease with coconut oil.
  2. Place 3 Tbsp chia seeds in a small bowl. Add 9 Tbsp water (1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp) and stir. Let sit 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place drained beans and dates into food processor. Pulse a few times, then blend until smooth.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process for another minute.
  5. Pour mixture into pan and distribute evenly.
  6. Top with walnut pieces if using.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes until flaky on top but still gooey in the center (brownies will firm up as they cool).
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.
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Nutrition Profile

  • 200 calories, 6 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat, 8 grams fiber

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