The Better For You Brownies

So good, you won’t believe they’re healthy

If you’re living anywhere along the East coast, I’m sure you’re experiencing this nice reminder that it is still winter. In NE Ohio, it is currently seventeen degrees with twenty mile and hour winds and snowing like you wouldn’t believe. Yes mother nature we hear you, it is still winter.

And nothing makes me want to shove my face with comfort food quite like this weather does. After trekking out to run some errands yesterday, I decided why not whip up some brownies? My thoughts exactly: “It’s freezing, I don’t care about a summer bod because summer is never coming and it’s freezing.” – It seemed convincing enough for me! Well you all know I only have my sweet cheats on Saturday’s and I wasn’t going to mess that up now, so – super healthy, no sugar added, GF brownies is what we got! And might I add, they’re pretty freaking good.

I tried out a black bean brownie recipe a few months ago and couldn’t believe how delicious they were. They were thick, fudgey, creamy, and sweet like every brownie should be. It was hard to believe black beans were in them! However, that recipe also had a good amount of added sugar between the milk chocolate chips and brown sugar.

I was determined to make a refined sugar free, high fiber/protein recipe using all natural ingredients. I wanted to have that same great fluffy texture that we all love in a great brownie, without the fortified flour and processed sugars. With that in mind, I went to my pantry and the next thing I knew – fudgey, all natural, protein brownies were in my oven. It was a Stella snowstorm miracle! Just kidding, it was the works of my inner phat girl. Enjoy!


{ Nutrition Information | serving size: makes about 18 brownies | 68 calories per brownie, 8 grams of carbs (4 grams of fiber) and  10 grams of protein }

Fudge Black Bean Brownies
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Servings Prep Time
18 Brownies 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
18 Brownies 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Fudge Black Bean Brownies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
18 Brownies 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
18 Brownies 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Ingredients
Servings: Brownies
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper
  2. Purée 1 can of black beans in a food processor until smooth in texture. Add to a large mixing bowl and crush any remaining lumps
  3. Mix in 2 eggs, honey, vanilla extract, and milk to your purée. Stir until evenly combined
  4. Add in the hemp powder, cocoa powder, and optional protein powder. Mix until you have a thick batter like constancy
  5. Gently fold in the cacao nibs, making sure not to stir too vigorously - we don't want our 'chocolate chunks' hidden!
  6. Once blended, pour batter into 9x9 baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. I like a softer brownie so I stuck to the 12 minute mark. Lastly - guiltlessly enjoy!
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