A new year and a new me. Though, I’ve been saying this for years. I started before January 1st and decided I am done with fast food. Giving it up for a year and hopefully for good. I am working out and tracking weight on a weekly basis. What good would these previous two endeavors be without looking for some healthy and tasty recipes to start making and enjoying. I have a few healthy recipes posted already but I’m aiming for more and more. And I’m going to kick that off with a healthy chocolate treat!
I saw a recipe for these when I was browsing some posts of a blogger that I follow. Unfortunately some of the ingredients in her recipe are either slightly difficult to obtain at a local store or if they are easily obtainable they can be a bit pricey. So I browsed around a little bit and found this. I was skeptical. Very skeptical. After reading a few comments and heeding the advice of others I made a few very slight tweaks and made these. They’re good. They’re tasty. They’re chocolatey. It almost tastes like I am using a fake sugar like aspartame or sucralose which I would never touch willingly. But there are absolutely no fake sugars here. I do suggest giving these healthy treats a try. From what I was reading even people’s kids like them and have no clue there are beans in them.
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
Drain the liquid from the beans.
Mix ingredients together in a blender/food processor until pureed. If you don’t have that or find it to be a slight pain to scrape beans out like I do, use a hand mixer!
Pour into a greased 8×8 cake pan.
Stir in some chocolate chips and nuts, or leave plain.
Bake at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes.
It well be soft and jiggly and tooth picks will come out dirty. Keep in mind that this is not a regular brownie batter.
Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!
Adapted from: http://www.food.com/recipe/black-bean-brownies-gluten-free-255239?oc=linkback