Beautifying Black Bean Brownies. Can it be possible? The most random words put together in one oddly delicious sounding recipe…black beans, brownies, and beautifying? These brownies are beautifying in many ways especially when we compare it to the traditional brownie recipes we see out there loaded with refined flours and miss out on a couple opportunities to make simple swaps to increase the nutrient density and lessen the calories naturally (no counting needed).
Not only do these look beautiful when you bake them, but they taste amazing! I know some of you have probably tried black bean brownies, I didn’t invent them here, but if you haven’t tried them yet trust me on this one and try em’! I promise, you’ll never think twice about the beans in this recipe, the natural fibers and starches found in black beans bind with the other ingredients and combine beautifully to create a thick and fudgey brownie + they’re simple to make, but I think you knew that knowing how I do things around here.
I’ve been known to enjoy these in the morning after a workout- hey there’s protein and plenty of carbohydrates to replenish those beautiful muscles, right? Right! You can enjoy these in so many ways. First, is to gently warm them through in an oven or microwave before serving or you can serve them chilled from the fridge- this is great if you’re craving fudge. I also like serving these warm with a scoop of Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream or the Green Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream…yet can you really go wrong with any of these options? You can chop them up and top a smoothie bowl in the morning, have them as a snack on the go. Okay, one more option if you wanna get a little crazy here, is to add a heaping spoonful of my Raw Caramel. B-l-i-s-s.
So why are these beautifying? It’s all in the ingredients! Nutrients from rolled oats, egg yolk, cocoa, maca, dates, and mushroom mix are seriously powerful. The nutrients that are in these brownies and make them “beautifying” include fiber, protein, healthy fats, zinc (which is the most beautifying mineral in my opinion), iron, selenium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, vitamins E, B12, D, + a host of anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants from the mushroom mix (if you’re using them in this recipe– which I highly recommend). Want to makes these egg free or vegan? You can! Just use my flax “egg” recipe (1 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water and let sit for about 10 minutes until it forms a gel). If you want to learn more about my favorite Beauty Foods, be sure to download the Beauty Foods eBook! I hope you all enjoy this fun way to utilize fiber and protein rich black beans- and if you remember from last month this blog post (Blissed Out Black Bean Burgers), you’ll know I’m totally taking the Pulse Pledge this year- are you?
- 1, 15 ounce can organic black beans
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 whole eggs
- 4 pitted dates, soaked
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon Moon Juice Beauty Dust mushroom mixture (optional but recommended)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Start by soaking the dates in hot water to soften, remove pit and set aside.
- In a Vitamix or food processor start by blending the coconut oil, maple syrup, dates, eggs, and black beans blending until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients until well combined.
- Pour the brownie batter in a 8x8inch pan, well greased with coconut oil or lined with parchment paper.
- Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- Store in the fridge for a chilled brownie/fudge texture or store in an airtight container on the countertop for 1 week.
Products I used in this recipes: cocoa powder, rolled oats, dark chocolate chips, maca powder, Moon Juice Beauty Dust, coconut sugar, and black beans. I also love this special brownie pan if you’re a fan of edges! I like the traditional pan because sometimes I’m in the mood for an edge, side, or the center. What’s your favorite!? Have you ever tried black beans in your dessert or brownies? Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve recipes for you. I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram!
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