Healthy Chocolate Brownies: An Every Day Dessert

I’m not sure if you want to thank me now or later, but I feel pretty confident that this healthy chocolate brownies recipe is going to blow your mind!

My mum sent me this recipe a couple of weeks ago with the email headline: “Crazy Brilliant Recipe”. I was intrigued and opened up to find a recipe for brownies that used black beans instead of flour, a bit of chocolate and eggs and not much else. I have heard of the black-bean-brownie trend a while back but never got around to trying it, how could it be as good as the real thing, and if I was going to eat a brownie shouldn’t I just eat a brownie?

But my mum is an amazing cook and if she says these brownies are legit then who was I to question it. Plus my step-dad is a 6’5” sheep shearer who knows a thing or two about sweet treats for morning tea, afternoon tea and, well, with any cup of tea!

Five ingredients and 60 minutes later and I was in healthy chocolate brownie heaven. Now it’s your turn to have your mind blown. You’re welcome.

Healthy Chocolate Brownies

Why You Want This

Remember when I went on a bit about sugar and how it’s turning you into bridezilla? In case you missed it I was on my soapbox here, here and here.

Yet just because we’re cutting way back on the white stuff doesn’t mean a girl can’t enjoy a sweet treat every now and again. With protein, healthy fats and only a small amount of sugar in these brownies, this is one baked good that you can feel good about.

Why You Need This

I really am a big believer of everything in moderation. When we don’t deny ourselves the food that we desire we are less likely to overeat, experience cravings and be trapped within a diet mentality.

Saying that, I prefer to eat things that nourish my body as well as my tastebuds, which is why I regularly share with you healthified versions of childhood favorites. In this case you can have your cake and eat it too.

How To Get Your Fiancé On Board

I think the real question is how to get your fiancé to keep his greedy little fingers out of the brownie drawer. Good luck with that one!

Healthy Chocolate Brownies: The Recipe

Makes 25 pieces (but who are we kidding, it’s more like 12)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup (I actually omitted this but that’s your call)
  • 100 g 70 — 80 per cent dark chocolate
  • 400 g tin black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 large beet, grated
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 150ºC / 300ºF. Grease and line a roughly 18 cm / 7 in square cake tin or baking dish with baking paper

2. Place coconut oil, honey/maple syrup and dark chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until chocolate is melted. Allow to cool slightly.

3. Transfer to a food processor or blender and add black beans, baking powder, eggs and grated beet, and blend until smooth and well combined, scraping down the sides with a spatula to make sure that all ingredients get well incorporated.

4. Spoon mixture into prepared tin. Scatter frozen berries over the top and bake for 20-25 minutes (20 minutes for more fudgey, 25 minutes for a firmer brownie). Allow to cool on the bench for 5 minutes before placing the pan in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. Delicious eaten warm or cold, stores well in the freezer.

Recipe adapted from Nourish Magazine

Now I’d love to hear from you! Are you willing to try this recipe for healthy chocolate brownies? Let me know by leaving a “Hell Yeah” in the comments below!

With Sweet Love,

Jennifer Dene

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