Vegan Black Bean Brownies
Ok, I know what you are thinking–
“Why would I want to eat a ‘healthy’ brownie when I could be eating a REAL gooey chocolatey brownie instead?” (My hubby told me the same thing this morning).
But what if the REAL gooey chocolate brownie is actually the healthy brownie?
No, not in a fantasy world where calories don’t count. These vegan black bean brownies are actually healthy brownies that DO NOT taste healthy, and I can say that with assurance, as they’ve been tested on three tough test testers— one picky preschooler, one picky and fiesty toddler, and one picky hubby. For the ultimate test, I am taking a batch of these vegan black bean brownies into work tomorrow (without revealing the “healthy” secret). I am also planning on making these vegan black bean brownies for my daughter’s preschool Valentine’s Day tea party in a few weeks. Be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram handle to see how it turns out.
And now onto the recipe…. I promise these vegan black bean brownies will not disappoint– and will not taste like cardboard, like some of the black bean brownie recipes I have sampled in the past.
I am linking this post up with Deb over at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Sarah over at A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday, along with Running on Happy & The Fit Foodie Mama for Meatless Monday. I am also linking up with Angela over at Marathons & Motivation and Ilka at www.ilkasblog.com for their Savory Sunday link up. I hope you enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can or 350g, drained and rinsed very well)
- 2 tbsp vegan chocolate protein powder (10g) (I used chocolate vegan Shakeology)
- 1/2 cup Old Fashioned oats (40g) (sub quick oats if desired)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (65g)
- 2 tbsp sugar in the raw (or sub for a pinch of uncut Stevia)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (40g)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup cacao chips (140g) (If not vegan, sub regular chocolate chips.)
- Optional: Additional cacao chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all ingredients except cacao chips in a good sized food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well.
- Stir in the cacao chips, then pour into a greased (I used coconut oil) 8×8 pan.
- Optional: Spread extra cacao chips over the top.
- Cook the black bean brownies approximately 15 minutes.
My preschooler was asking for seconds (I doubt she realized there were black beans in her brownies). Do you have a healthy treat that you trick your kids into eating? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!