Flourless Black Bean Fudgy Brownies

Ok, chocolate much?

I know…that’s all I have been posting about lately. Last one. Promise. (For now). But seriously, who doesn’t love a rich chocolate treat? The thing I love about these flourless black bean brownies is a) they’re flourless, b) they’re full of fiber, c) they’re pretty close to a non-guilty treat when you are having an intense chocolate craving that only gooey, rich, chocolaty things can satisfy.

I know. They’re perfect.

Don’t let the “black bean” title send you into envisioning a boring bean salad at the company picnic. The beans really do make a good brownie that doesn’t taste like…well…beans. They add lots of lovely fiber (which to me, makes them goooood for you, ahem), and they are gluten free (see this note here though...), which appeals to many for various reasons.

I feel like I should warn you though…don’t eat them all in one sitting. By yourself. Trust me on this.

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Flourless Black Bean Fudgy Brownies
An oooey-gooey fudgy flourless brownie, that won't leave you feeling guilty.
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 28 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Brownies
Ingredients
Icing
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 28 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Brownies
Ingredients
Icing
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, add in all of the ingredients up until the baking soda. Process well, until everything is smooth and blended together, stopping to scrape down the sides if need be.
  3. Once all mixed and smooth, add the baking soda, vinegar and sea salt.
  4. Pulse a few times to incorporate them into the mixture without over mixing it.
  5. Pour mixture into the pan, and bake for 20 minutes.
    Black Bean Brownie Mixture
  6. Since oven times vary, check on the mixture at 20 minutes - give it a shake - and if it's still a bit jiggly, pop it back in the oven. Check on it in intervals - I used 4 minutes, and it was perfect at 28 minutes.
    Black Bean Brownies Cooling
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before icing.
Icing
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and pour in the cream.
  2. Once heated, but not boiling, whisk in the sugar and cacao powder. Whisk until thickened and well blended.
  3. Remove from heat. Let cool.
  4. Once both the brownies and the icing are cool, ice the brownies and enjoy!
    Icing for Black Bean Brownies
Recipe Notes

Note: I use both almond milk and cream in this recipe. I always have cream on hand for the richer things that I make, but you can substitute for almond milk (or something similar), but you may have to add in a tiny bit of corn starch the thicken.

If you have celiac disease or an extreme gluten sensitivity, please read this note about beans.

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Treat Yo’self – Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Protein Shake 31 Ways to Sunday

I’m on a chocolate kick this month. In February, it seems appropriate somehow. Valentines Day and doubling down on the last of the hibernation-induced calorie hoarding. And even if you’ve still spent the winter in the gym, sometimes you just have to treat yo’self, yo. My go-to is my Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake – post gym. But feel free to indulge post-whatever you’ve done today.

It’s not as terrible for you as it sounds.

In fact there is some good stuff in here.

Like whole flax seeds (ground by you…only buy them whole), for a boost of Omega-3; plain greek yogurt as a protein and probiotic source; cacao for antioxidants and serotonin support; banana for sweetness; and organic natural peanut butter for a fat boost and extra fiber (yep, PB is a fiber source). Go natural with the PB though, skip the Skippy. And a hit of chocolate protein powder for extra chocolate and protein.

 

 

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Servings
Serving
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Servings
Serving
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a large or single-serve blender + grind until blended.
  2. Because of the cacao powder, you may have to scrape the sides once or twice for even blending.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts - Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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