I love anything chocolate, and these black bean brownies made with unsweetened organic cacao powder hit the spot for a guilt-free chocolate fix.
These brownies make a wonderful pre or post workout snack and are a wonderful way to sneak healthy food into your children’s diets and make sure they get their daily source of fiber.
The bananas are also really beneficial for maintaining a healthy gut and offers high levels of potassium, which nourishes your muscles.
I prefer to use raw cacao instead of cocoa, which is more processed and devoid of nutrients, but of course, you can use cocoa if this is what you can get your hands on.
Raw cacao is a rich source of antioxidants, some of which are anti-inflammatory; is an amazing source of magnesium, which boosts and regulates mood levels; is the highest plant-based source of iron, and contains more calcium than cow’s milk!
Your dessert options can be plant-based:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
- Avocado Tofu Chocolate Mousse
- Spicy Molasses Bars
- Mint Chocolate Smoothie
- Strawberry Ice Cream
These decadent little brownies also have banana (used in place of eggs), cinnamon, vanilla extract, regular or non-dairy, semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can also use antioxidant and vitamin-rich carob, chopped walnuts (optional), instant oats or oat flour (made simply by blending oats in a food processor).
Can these brownies really be good, you ask? I can’t believe it – they are awesome. So easy to make and you can feel good knowing that these are free from refined sugar.
You can decrease the amount of (natural) sugar by using less maple syrup or using a bit less banana (though you do want at least one banana as this is essential to thickening, as a replacement for egg.
These are so yummy, you won’t know beans are in these! Try this recipe, and see for yourself. And if you are feeling extra decadent, serve warm and top with Banana Nice cream! Talk about a decadent treat….
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Black Bean Brownies
- 1 (15-oz.) can low sodium black beans drained and rinsed (or or 1 1/2 cups homemade)
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut or date sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cacao.
- 1/2 cup instant oats or oat flour made in a blender or food processor from raw oats
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tbsp Ceylon cinnamon*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract non-alcoholic preferred
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or mini vegan chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8×6″ pan with cooking spray or use parchment paper. For thicker brownies, use a bread pan and cook a little longer.
- Combine all ingredients, except oats and chocolate chips, in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Stir in the oat flour / oats until blended well. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour batter into the pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. They will be soft but firm up as they cool.