Black BEAN BROWNIES

 
 
Black Bean Brownies w: Maple Tahini Frosting 2 .jpg
Black Bean Brownies w: Maple Tahini Frosting .jpg
 
 

As a child I remember having dessert almost every night. It was either ice cream or my moms home made chocolate chip cookies! This became a habit and now I crave something sweet every night after dinner. Since eating ice cream and cookies every night isn't all that great for you, I wanted to start finding ways I can enjoy sweets with out all the added processed sugar and refined carbs. I started using dates instead of sugar because they are a natural sweetener and contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Sometimes I use pure maple syrup or coconut sugar too. I love that I have found alternatives for baking because I honestly don't know what I would do with out sweets! These black bean brownies are to die for. Don't let the beans part fool you, you can't even taste them I promise. They add protein, fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and they help lower your cholesterol. Now you can have your dessert and feel good about eating it!

 

Recipe

Brownies:

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, strained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I use a mixture of nuts but you can use any kind you'd like)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 7-8 medjool dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocao powder

maple tahini frosting:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (more to taste)
  • pinch of sea salt

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a bread pan or 9 inch pie pan with parchment paper.

2. Combine all brownie ingredients in a high speed blender until thick and smooth.

3. Poor into your pan and bake for 20 minutes!

4. For the frosting, add your ingredients to a pot and heat over medium heat. Stir the entire time to keep from burning. Once all the ingredients are incorporated you may remove from heat.

5. Let the brownies cool for about 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan before adding the frosting. Top with coconut flakes and then enjoy with a glass of almond milk! These brownies should be kept in the fridge, but they taste best warmed up :)