SUPERFOOD BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

August 9, 2016

Chocolate is definitely on my list of foods I can’t live without. There’s seldom a day that goes by that I don’t eat it, most of the time being a few squares of dark chocolate after dinner from Trader Joe’s. I love, love, love, dark chocolate. The darker the better in my opinion. Once in a while though, I make a dessert. The sweet tooth is REAL up in here if you haven’t picked up on that. I satisfied my craving tonight with these Superfood Black Bean Brownies! Chocolatey, fudgey, and naturally sweetened, you would never know they are secretly healthy (+ vegan)!

I try to add good-for-you foods whenever I can to my recipes. This one for instance, swaps beans and oats for baking flour and local honey and stevia extract for cane sugar. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil because…coconut oil. Duh. What is Maca you say? It’s a superfood! Native to Peru that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Best known for increasing energy, balancing hormones, and increasing libido among other health benefits, maca offers an earthy, nutty, caramel-ey taste that takes these brownies to the next level. Serve these with a glass of cold almond milk and you will not disappoint.

Notes: Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your liking. You can do so easily without altering the recipe too much (baking can be tricky!) by increasing the amount of stevia. Every ingredient in this recipe should make you feel good so enjoy one for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack guilt-free!

SUPERFOOD BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

1 can black beans
1/2 banana, mashed
2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax seed + 5 T water)
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp almond milk
1 Tbsp strong coffee
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp stevia
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp maca powder
1 Tbsp cocoa nibs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper and spray lightly with coconut oil. Combine wet ingredients, beans, banana, flax eggs, oil, almond milk, coffee, honey, stevia + vanilla extract in a high-speed blender or food processor and process until smooth. Add remaining dry ingredients and process until smooth once more. Spread the batter into prepared dish and top with crushed walnuts or additional cacao nibs. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.

Serves 9

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