The Best Flourless, Black Bean Brownies
As a relatively healthy eater who also has a big sweet tooth, I've tried my fair share of what I'll call "healthier desserts" over the years. You know, the ones that use better-for-you ingredients like coconut oil, whole wheat flour, and flax seed to create a dessert that you can feel good about? It sounds great in theory, but they always seem to turn out dense and tasting somewhat like cardboard. I was so put off by my latest attempt at healthier lemon poppy seed muffins that I gave up trying to recreate healthier desserts altogether for a few months. Overall, I think enjoying real, decadent desserts in moderation from time to time is the best approach...
Enter black bean brownies. I decided to give them a try for two reasons. First, a few weeks backs I was told by my OB that I am slightly anemic. I've never lacked iron before and I can only assume it's due to my newfound pregnancy diet that has me craving crunchy veggies, fruits, and carbs over my usual diet of leafy greens and lean meat. Naturally, adding iron-filled black beans in the form of brownies seemed like the appropriate course of action. And, second, the recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients, all mixed together conveniently in a blender. I figured if they didn't turn out I wouldn't have wasted a ton of time and be stuck with a messy kitchen.
Lucky for me, they did not disappoint. I can honestly say this is the first healthier dessert recipe that tastes like the real thing, consistency and all. These brownies still contain a bit of sugar and vegetable oil, but overall you can feel good about enjoying more than one of these babies at a time!
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
3/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Optional: Chocolate chips or walnuts as topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Lightly grease an 8 x 8 baking pan
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
Pour mixture into the greased baking dish
Top with chocolate chips and/or walnuts, if you'd like
Bake for about 30 minutes