I am a chocoholic.
There, I said it!
I would skip dinner and head straight to dessert if that were socially acceptable.
I am trying to make better eating choices for me and the family. Let’s be honest, they really don’t have much of a choice. Ssshhh, don’t tell them that.
But back to my dessert dilemma. I love sweets. I love chocolate. I love cupcakes. I love cookies.
You get the picture.
I came across this recipe from The Farm at Eastman’s Corner (more on that place later). It is a simple, cooking for kids book and since Nina shares my adoration of baked goods and chocolate, we decided to give this recipe a try.
I’ve seen many recipes that swap out ingredients for something healthier, but the thought of black beans in a dessert just never really made me want to run out and try it.
But in an attempt to nourish our body and feed the chocolate beast, we gave it a shot.
I am so glad we did. It was easy and really unbelievably delicious. We actually licked the bowl. Just being real.
You can not taste even a smidgen of bean and the texture, although not like a true brownie, was dense and fudgy and super rich and chocolaty.
Now if I’m being truly honest. These aren’t the brownies I would bring to a party for oohs and aaahs (although loaded with beans, you never know what kind of noises you’ll get from the crowd) but for a healthier option to stave off a chocolate attack, I am totally a fan. The fact that Nina actually wanted to pack them in her lunch is saying something.
Warmer weather is coming. And that means swimsuits and shorts people. But chocolate is just part of life. You can have it all!
Give these a try. You will be amazed.
Black Bean Brownies
2 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 1/4 Tbls coconut oil
1/3 c cocoa powder
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 c chocolate chips (I used mini, they’re so cute!)
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease an 8×8″ baking dish
Puree beans in a food processor until smooth
Add all remaining ingredients, except for chocolate chips and blend until smooth.
Pour batter into baking dish and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until firm in the center.
Let cool and enjoy!
store wrapped in the refrigerator