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The Healthy Brownie for Chocolate Lovers!

Join us January 22 at 10am at the Community Health Center to learn more about healthier food options!

Black bean brownies have all the rich, dark chocolate that we love without the guilt! This dessert is vegan, low calorie, and easy to make. With less calories and nearly twice the amount of protein as a regular chocolate brownie, this treat is a delicious spin on a fudgy favorite.


Total Time: 15m

Yield: 9-12 brownies


1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)

2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)

1/2 cup quick oats (40g)

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave (75g)

Pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil or olive oil (40g)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)

Optional: more chips, for presentation


Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit under cooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up!


6 September 2012

Written By Cara Burns

CHC Intern

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