Because Cake Is Sooo 1789
Well hello there! How are you today?
Since my last post a little bit heavy, I thought it would be best to introduce a sweet recipe next. We could all use a little extra sweetness in our lives, right?
Fortunately, this recipe allows you to enjoy all of the sweetness of brownies with none of the guilt. I find that refined sugar and flour give me a headache, but that doesn’t mean I avoid sweets completely. I love wholesome desserts made with real food ingredients, especially when chocolate is involved. As my roommates can attest, I put cocoa powder on everything and always enjoy a little nightcap of dark chocolate. If you ask me, eating healthy should always include a little room for chocolate.
As for chocolate, these brownies are full of it. High-quality dark chocolate cocoa powder is key to a rich brownie, but I’m sure some chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate chips) would be a lovely addition if you feel so inclined. Surprisingly, though, it’s the black beans that give this healthy treat its irresistibly fudge-y texture. You certainly can’t taste the beans, but your body will reap the nutritional benefits of high-fiber and protein. And with no added flours/grains or sugar to weigh you down, these brownies can be enjoyed at any time during the day or night. (I’ve even been know to use them as pre-workout fuel!)
While these healthy black bean brownies are free of so many things (gluten, eggs, dairy, flour, sugar, fat, etc.), they definitely deliver on chocolate-y goodness and nutritional benefits. So, indulge! Your body and taste buds will thank you.
Makes 12 Brownie Muffins (or an 8-by-8 tray of brownies)
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Fat-Free, Grain-free (optional), Nut-Free
Greek Yogurt Frosting: I usually enjoy these brownies as is, but to create contrast, I recently started topping them with greek yogurt (vegan or otherwise) or drizzling them with almond milk and topping with fruit. Chobani Greek Yogurt makes a black cherry flavor that complements these rich chocolate flavor of these brownies so well. So Delicious also makes Coconut Milk Greek Yogurt that I am quite fond of. I recommend the plain, blueberry, or raspberry flavor.
Have a lovely weekend!