Black Bean Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

From my friend and Fitness Professional, Beth Eisele

Black Bean Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  1. 15 oz can of TJ brand black beans
  2. 2 large flax eggs or other egg replacement
  3. 3T melted coconut oil (or any oil you prefer)
  4. ¾ c cocoa powder
  5. ¼ t sea salt
  6. 1 t vanilla
  7. ½ c sugar
  8. 1 ½ t baking powder
  9. (optional: nuts, coconut, chocolate chips for topping)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease muffin pans, full size or mini: my favorite… I like using TJ’s olive oil spray

Rinse and drain beans

Follow instructions for egg replacement using food processor

Add remaining ingredients to food processor (not toppings, of course)

Puree until smooth, continuing to scrape down sides

Fill muffin tins and add optional topping(s)

Bake for 20-25 minutes, less for mini (sides should pull away from pan)

Allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes then gently remove…they will be soft.

Store in air tight container and refrigerate for longer storage.

I’m not a huge dessert person but my friend, Beth, is and she swears by this recipe. She runs a bootcamp program and likes being able to give her students some options for healthy treats. I love that this recipe is pretty simple and doesn’t need any adaptation to make it vegan and gluten free.

Anytime I can get beans into my diet, I’m happy…this recipe does that! Black beans give us an excellent source of protein and fiber and, unlike other types of beans, have a significant amount of Omega 3’s.

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