When I was growing up, my dad would sometimes call me a junk food junkie because I had such a sweet tooth. While I’m no longer a junk food junkie, at times I still have a RAGING sweet tooth! What’s a girl to do? She finds a better way to satisfy her cravings with nutritious recipes, that’s what. This recipe satisfies my sweet tooth without me having to sacrifice good nutrition. It’s sweetened with dates which are little nutrition bombs loaded with potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B-6, calcium, and fiber, while the black beans give the brownies their fugdy texture and deliver even more of the aforementioned nutrients PLUS protein…..in your dessert, for Pete’s sake! The other ingredients work in concert with these two to create an amazingly great tasting, healthy dessert that will have you singing their praises. I make these and freeze them and pull them out as I need them. I serve each one with 2-3 organic, sliced strawberries. Enjoy!
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||90 minutes|
|Passive Time||60 minutes|
- 2 cups black beans cooked, low or no sodium
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 TBS almond butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 TBS hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips non-dairy, I used "Enjoy Life" brand
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Lightly spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray, or use a silicon baking pan
- Combine first four ingredients in your food processor, and blend until they are smooth
- Add the remaining three ingredients, and blend again until they are fully incorporated into the mixture
- Scrape mixture into the 8x8 pan with a rubber spatula and spread it evenly around the pan. The mixture is thick, and it’s important that you spread it evenly, so that it cooks correctly.
- Cook for 90 minutes in a 200 degree oven or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Let your brownies cool completely
- Cut your brownies into 16 even pieces. This will seem like a small portion, but trust me, the richness of these brownies combined with a few sliced strawberries will be more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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Lynn Durtschi says
My son has celiac disease so I am always looking for great recipes without gluten. I will have to try this out this weekend and let everyone know what he thought of them!
Lynn Durtschi says
Surprisingly good! My son ate the whole thing. If a healthy treat passes the kid test, you know it has promise 🙂