I find myself craving chocolate about 84% of the time. So as you can imagine, I’m a huge fan of anything containing chocolate.
And brownies they usually contain a little bit of chocolate 🙂 which makes them one of my favorites.
Brownies are rich, chocolatey, sweet, decadent, and sadly loaded with sugar, carbs, and calories.
I’ve tried the “I’ll just have a little bite” technique with standard brownies, but let’s be honest that technique does not work. So I’ve experimented with “healthier” brownie options. I’ve made everything from boxed gluten-free brownies to date brownie bites.
Out of all of my concoctions, there is one reigning champion: black bean brownies.
I know, it sounds gross. Beans and dessert, they don’t go together.
Or do they?
They do! These brownies are chocolatey and sweet and you won’t be able to detect even a hint of beans.
What you’ll need:
- 1, 15 oz can of black beans
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch salt
- 1 scant tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp coffee
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup + handful for top chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but feel free to use whatever chocolate you prefer)
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add all ingredients, except chocolate chips to blender
- Spray 9×9 glass baking dish with nonstick spray
- Fold in chocolate chips, save a handful for top
- Pour batter into baking dish
- Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of brownies clean
- Let cool
- Cut & serve!
These brownies are gluten-free, high in protein, and a good serving of fiber.
- Serves: 8
- Calories: 198 calories
- Carbohydrates: 30 g
- Protein: 8 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Total fat: 7 g
- Total sugar: 13 g
- Vegetables: 1/4 cup
I hope you guys like this recipe & give it a try!