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HonorHealth - Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Does the name: Fudgy Black Bean Brownies scare you? Don't let it! If you're the kind of person who believes preparing food is a way of loving those around you, this recipe is for you! These brownies say “I Love You” to the recipient AND their heart!

They are moist with a rich chocolate flavor, but don't include the refined sugar, butter or flour that can lead to weight gain and, ultimately, to heart issues.

Fudgy black Bean Brownies Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 15 small, or 10 Medjool, dates, pitted (1/2 cup packed).
  • 1 (15-ounce) BPA-free can organic Black beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 4 large Egg whites or 2 Tablespoons Chia seeds gelled in 6 tablespoons water.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce.
  • 1/3 cup BPA-free canned pure pumpkin.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line 8 X 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Finely chop dates.
  • Add all ingredients, except chocolate chips, to high speed blender or food processor.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to batter.
  • Stir to mix.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to cooling rack. Completely cool before cutting into squares.
  • Cut into 16 squares.
  • Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Yield: 16 brownies.

Approximate nutritional breakdown per 1 brownie:
128 calories, 4 grams protein, 3.5 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 74 milligrams sodium.