I have an obsession, along with 103,000 other people (and that’s just on Facebook!) with Chocolate Covered Katie and her healthy dessert blog. This obsession is borne from a life-long addiction to desserts and internal struggle between cravings and being healthy. Sure, I exercise multiple times a week. I run long distances and get up early to squeeze in a workout before heading to the office.
But when I delve into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s at night following a heaping plate of dinner food, I hear that nagging voice in my head letting me know I’m probably undoing all the good I had done earlier.
The solution to this battle between desserts and being healthy is to combine the two. Healthy desserts. And that is exactly what Chocolate Covered Katie does on her blog. My latest indulgence is brought to you today in the form of chocolately, ooey-gooey brownies made with – wait for it – black beans.
They’re only slightly tweaked from this recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie – she’s basically a genius so I can’t really improve upon what she’s done here. I omitted some sugar and added flax seeds and a couple options for the flour mix. No biggie.
Preheat oven to 350 F
What You Need:
- One 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup quick oats OR whole wheat flour OR gluten-free flour OR cooked quinoa
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp whole flax seeds (chia seeds or hemp seeds or any other seeds you like work here too)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
What You Do:
Put everything into a food processor EXCEPT the chocolate chips and flax seeds. Blend well, stir in the chips and seeds, and then pour the batter out into an 8X8 brownie pan.
Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Let cool well for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Pro Tip: Substitute the oil for applesauce maybe? I didn’t try it this way but it’s worked for brownies and cookies I’ve made in the past. If you do this, let me know how it goes!