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Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like chocolate. If you are anything like me, then you will love this brownie. It is rather healthy compared to regular brownies containing a fair amount of protein and fiber, is gluten-free and vegan, but does not taste like a cake that is supposed to be healthy. I would even say it tastes even better than a regular brownie, but of course, the proof is in the pudding, so try it out and suit yourself!

I am not keen on cleaning up, so a massive bonus for me is that in addition to a baking tray, I only need a blender and spatula for this recipe. No bowls, no bain-marie to melt the chocolate or butter, nothing. Just blend and bake – simple!

I know that some of you will have prejudice about this recipe even only looking at the ingredients – black beans in dessert do sound weird, but I promise it works! I have brought these brownies to my yoga students as after class treat and other events, and not once have beans been suggested as an ingredient, so I guarantee you will not even taste them. 

Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields: 12 squares

1 15oz can of black beans

5 oz peanut butter (doesn’t matter if smooth or crunchy but without added sugar or oil)

2 ripe bananas

2 oz unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 oz almond flour

4 oz dark chocolate

1-2 oz sugar

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 360 F and oil the tray.

Add all the ingredients up to chocolate to the blender and blend until smooth.

Chop up the chocolate and mix it into the batter.

Taste the batter (it is vegan, so no need to worry about raw ingredients) and decide yourself how much sugar you want to add. 

Once you are happy with the taste, mix in baking powder and baking soda, pour into the tray and bake for 20 minutes.

Leave to cool in the tray before cutting to squares, as it will be quite fragile.

Serve on its own or add coconut yogurt and fresh berries.

By Kadri Raig

Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: www.kahvliga.ee.

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