There is absolutely no flour in those incredibly healthy, protein packed brownies, and they are TRULY delicious. Tested on kids and adults alike, this recipe is a winner. Every. Single. Time.
It is important to say that this is not my own original recipe. It comes from fellow food blogger Chocolate Covered Katie, who specializes in out-of-this world delicious (but healthy) desserts. I modified the recipe somewhat, by subtracting some of the refined sugar and replacing for Maple Syrup and by adding some unsweetened shredded coconut for an added kick. However, you can totally remove the coconut if that is not your thing. I will not hold it against you ;-)… You may also substitute the coconut for the same quantity of crushed hazelnuts. It all works and just taste like heaven.
This is a PERFECT middle-day treat, as well as a fabulous pre (or post) workout energy boosting snack. If you divide your pan into 12 portions like I do, count under 100 calories for each brownie. A delightful & nutritious treat that will keep you full for hours, but without the fat and calories of regular brownies.
- -1 1/2 cups black beans (1 can, drained and thoroughly rinsed)
- - 2 tbsp, good quality, pure cocoa powder
- - 1/2 cup quick oats
- - pinch salt
- - 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- - 1/4 cup coconut oil (you can also use vegetable oil if you don't have coconut oil)
- - 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (Optional - you may omit entirely or substitute with same quantity of crushed hazelnuts)
- - 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- - 1/2 tsp baking powder
- - 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and shredded coconut (or crushed hazelnuts) in food processor and blend until REALLY smooth. NO lumps! That's the secret to these brownies. Stir in the chips, then pour into parchment paper lined 8×8 pan. Bake about 15 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. Divide into 12 brownies.