I know, I know. Where the heck has Fuel Friday been?! Here’s to hoping that I can return to a more regular Fuel Friday posting schedule because my Boston fueling strategy is high priority!
(But I refuse to give up chocolate.)
Several years ago there was a popular Weight Watchers recipe floating around for black bean brownies. From what I remember, you basically bought a boxed brownie mix and a can of black beans, which you pureed, and added to the mix before baking. They were decent. But when I came across this kicked up, and nutrient dense, version a few months ago, I couldn’t wait to give them a go.
I found the recipe in a free healthy living publication that is distributed at one of my local markets. The recipe is from Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy. She has a super cute website and blog which you can check out HERE.
I’m terrible at following recipes and most often use them as a guide of sort but make adaptations to suit my own tastes and to utilize whatever ingredients I have on hand. I didn’t have to tweak this one too much but I am perplexed by the recommendation for using coconut sugar… why have I not heard of coconut sugar? I thought I was pretty well versed in all things crunchy/hippie. ; )
These brownies are good! The recipe states that it yields 24 brownies so they end up being teeny-tiny brownie bites. I’m not sure what the “serving size” is because it wasn’t listed (I’m assuming one brownie) but a serving is 107 calories with 3 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of fat if you were to follow the original recipe.
The recipe below is my version but I’ve noted the original ingredients or quantity too.
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup maple syrup (the recipe called for coconut sugar)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (you could use regular cocoa powder)
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract (the recipe called for 2 tsp. but I felt that was a little too much)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 8×8 baking dish by greasing it or using cooking spray.
Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and cacao nibs in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the cacao nibs on the top and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool completely before cutting and devouring.
Enjoy and have a great Friday!