My Black Bean Brownies

Fresh out of the oven!

These brownies are a low-fat, vegan version to traditional brownies. They are warm, delicious, chocolatey, and have a wonderful boost of protein and fiber! Adapted from a recipe by Vegan Cooking with Love.

Nutritional benefits for 130 g of canned black beans (Click here for source!):

  • 120 calories
  • 0 calories from fat
  • 0 g of total fat
  • 0 mg of cholesterol
  • 430 mg of sodium
  • 21 g of carbohydrate
  • 6 g dietary fiber
  • 0 g sugar
  • 8 g protein
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of cocoa powder or cacoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 15 oz can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp of organic, dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of water
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • Combine and mix all of the dry ingredients 
  • Drain the can of black beans and rinse until the water runs clear
  • Add the 3/4 cup of water to the blender, add the drained and rinsed black beans, blend well until very smooth
  • Add the puree to the dry mixture, along with the vanilla extract, pour the cup of water into the empty blender container and whisk around to remove any remaining bean puree, pour that into the dry mixture as well
  • Stir very well to mix
  • Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Top the batter with the chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cook for longer if necessary. The brownies are done when the center is firm and edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan. You can also do the knife test, which is just sticking a butter knife into the center of the brownies. If the knife comes out clean, then the brownies are done!
  • Let the brownies cool completely and Enjoy!
Special Note: Now, this is not necessarily a “healthy” dessert. There is a lot of sugar in this recipe. But as a vegan, I do not believe in deprivation. I believe it is OK to indulge in special treats from time to time. I still indulge in chocolate desserts while making whole, plant-based foods the backbone of my diet. If you deprive yourself on any new lifestyle journey, your new lifestyle will not be sustainable because you will not be fulfilled. Learn to balance enjoying your favorite desserts with eating a wholesome, plant-based diet, and you will find that your journey is so much more satisfying and fulfilling since you won’t feel deprived or restricted! Enjoy!
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