I am an unapologetic chocoholic and wanted to find a way to make super fudgy, decadent brownies in a healthy way. I must have cooked a dozen different batches of healthy brownies before finding this amazing recipe. My body might be half cacao powder at this point, but it was well worth it. These are brownies that are fudgy, decadent, and super easy to throw together, but the best part about them is that they actually leave you feeling amazing after eating them. Imagine that!
I actually made this for the first time while at my family’s home and just didn’t tell them what was in it when I gave it to them. Who wouldn’t be cagey trying brownies with beans in them for the first time? My family all has major sweet toothes and love anything rich and chocolatey, so they loved these! The trick was just not telling them the brownies were made with beans and no butter or eggs 😉
Think about how cool these are: not only do they taste amazing and use only 10 ingredients, but they do incredible things for your body while satiating even your most killer chocolate cravings. The black beans give you a wonderful dose of fiber and protein, which means that your body actually burns through these brownies slower, leaving you fuller and more energized than you would be after eating normal brownies. Pretty cool! The coconut oil helps boost your digestion and immunity, leaving you with glowing skin and a more satiated feeling. I also used raw cacao powder in the brownies because it’s one of the most antioxidant-dense superfoods out there. Raw cacao powder actually contains nearly 4 times the antioxidant power of average dark chocolate and nearly 20 times the antioxidant power of blueberries!
The walnuts and chocolate chips are totally optional as this recipe is super flavorful on its own, but they do add a nice texture. Try them both ways!
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 10 medjool dates
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup raw cacao powder, depending on how chocolatey you like it.
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350*
- Yay! You're about to make some fantastic brownies! Start by putting the black beans, dates, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil into a food processor and blend until smooth, then transfer to a large bowl. Next, add the almond milk. You want to add this in after blending the other ingredients in the processor since it's too much liquid otherwise. In a separate bowl, add your dry ingredients – chia seeds, baking powder, almond flour, and raw cacao powder- and stir until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient bowl while stirring continuously. If you’re adding the walnuts and chocolate chips, stir them in at this step.
- Grease a baking dish wish coconut oil or line the dish with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into a 10-12" square baking dish lined with parchment paper and spread it evenly in the pan. Top with extra walnuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Let the brownies cool, then cut into squares and serve up! They’re great topped with extra cacao powder or coconut cream.