What is a person supposed to do when that nagging chocolate craving kicks up and you don’t want to indulge in bad sugars and white flours that typical sweets provide? You go to your pantry, look around and create with healthier options! I have been wanting to make black bean brownies for some time, even before I started eating cleaner and healthier again, but just never got around to attempting them. Well, I am glad I finally did because these were a great treat and really helped that sweet and chocolate craving I was having at the time. The texture is slightly different than a normal brownie (my texture police aka kids picked up on that instantly) but I don’t have texture issues so it wasn’t a problem. My husband and I really enjoyed these! You can’t even tell there are black beans in them, really! If you are trying to change your eating habits and are like me and “require” treats at times, you must give these a try!
3/4 cup quick oats
1 can black beans, rinsed really well and drained well
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup real maple syrup (this really is a clean eating approved natural sweetener!)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil + 1 tsp for greasing your brownie pan
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 square of semi sweet dark bakers chocolate, sliced up (it crumbles upon cutting)
Pour your mixture into your greased pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until cooked through, but make sure not to overcook, no one likes a dry brownie:-) I hope you enjoy this cleaner and healthier brownie recipe.