This week, I have decided to make brownies; many brownies with different recipes.
Don’t you just love brownies? Remember when nana used to make brownies early in the morning and you could smell them all the way up in your room and then come down and eat every last piece and then nana would beat the crap out of you? Memories. Brownies were worth it. It’s a dessert so very easy to prepare (a thousand times easier than a pie or cake).
God, I’m hungry…
Any who, I made several different types of brownies and believe it or not, the healthy recipe was the tastiest of all! I will show you, dear friends, how to make these healthy and delicious brownies, but before I do that, I must ease you into letting you know that this recipe calls for Black Beans.
Ok, so by now, I’ve lost half of you. Their loss, really.
For those who stayed, and disregarded those gag reflexes, thanks. You will not regret this. (Btw: make some for your kids but never let them know our little secret).
Now seriously. I was motivated to make these brownies after reading that most of us would never have to deal with our weight if we focused on getting 35 grams of fiber per day. Whoa. According to lots of studies, the average person is only getting 15 grams of fiber per day.
So how can we boost our fiber game?
In a nutshell: eat green stuff. They are our greatest source of fiber. These brownies I’m about to dazzle you with, have 4 grams of fiber per serving. You get best of both world: health and decadence.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
• ½ cup coconut oil
• 15 oz can black beans (with bean brine)
• 1½ cups granulated sugar (substitute brown sugar)
• ¾ cups dairy-free chocolate chips
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ cup all-purpose flour (substitute gluten-free baking flour)
• 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
• 1 tablespoon corn starch
1. Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a 8″ square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
2. Combine the coconut oil and black beans in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
3. Add the sugar and chocolate chips to the food processor. It will be a bit bumpy, but pulse for a few seconds (up to 20 – 30 seconds) to break up the chocolate chips. You can always chop the chocolate chips into pieces on a cutting board if you prefer not to put your food processor to the test.
4. Add in the cocoa powder, flour, ground flax, and cornstarch. Give the mixture one more pulse until the ingredients are combined.
5. Pour the brownie batter into your prepared pan, using a spatula to get it all. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick (or piece of spaghetti) inserted in the middle comes out clean.
6. Once the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool before serving. Serve warm (or not – they’re delicious either way).