Jun 18 2012

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

I know it sounds weird, but these black bean brownies are really good! Nobody ever knows they are any different than regular brownies.

Not only are they easier to make than traditional brownies, you can literally eat the whole batch and not worry about it – like my kids do when I make them!

I saw the recipe on the Dr. Oz show (love it!) and he’s a really honest judge of taste on the show, so when he said he really liked it I decided to give it a shot.

These brownies are high in fiber, low on the glycemic index, high in magnesium, antioxidants, and iron.

I do add sweetener to it, because I thought they were a little bitter without it, but the kids actually like them without, so you may want to try it both ways. I use coconut sugar as a sweetener, because it’s totally natural and low on the glycemic index. It tastes like sugar, not coconut.

Ingredients
2 cups cooked black beans or canned no-salt-added or low-sodium black beans, drained
10 Medjool dates
2 tbsp raw almond butter

2 tsp coconut sugar (or sweetener of you choice)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder
1 tbsp ground chia seed

Directions
Preheat oven to 200° F.

Blend the black beans, dates, almond butter, sugar, and vanilla in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Pour into a very lightly oiled 8 x 8 inch baking pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Cool completely before cutting into small squares.

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