Y’all, I’ve my mind on brownies & brownies on my mind . . .
Can you just see how fudgey & decadent these are? These might just go into my regular rotation of keep-on-hand because you’re going to have a craving soon” desserts. You know, the stash you keep in the freezer, ready to grab at a moments notice when you realize that you simply deserve some chocolate at that exact moment? Ya, those times. You know.
Now, we gather.
Pretty ingredients. Did I mention the protein-packed black beans? Ya, they’re in there too. This is practically an pre-workout bar. Except ridiculously delish.
And let’s be real- no one thinks that black beans and a few other ingredients pulverized in a food processor looks like anything except black refried beans, or possibly tar. It’s a very deceptive mixture that is about to be baked into glory.
Chevron pecans; these brownies got style, girl . . .
Generously sprinkled with sea salt.
Seeing as I’m trying to be better about my body (& I am a bridesmaid in two weddings this summer!), I have switched over to using natural sweeteners, using almost no grain, and trying to opt for less dairy in our every day meals and in my baking. Loading up on so much veg, good fats, & fruit has left me feeling quite more energetic! Not saying that I won’t ever eat any of those previous things again (because that would be crazy talk), but not making them a staple in our diets has been fun! Have you started any fresh, fun, new ways of eating or baking? I would love to hear all of your ideas!
Black Bean Brownies with Sea Salt & Pecans (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free)
1 (15oz.) can of black beans (rinsed & drained)
¾ cup cocoa powder*
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
handful of pecan halves
sea salt, for sprinkling
*Add a Tbsp or two more cocoa if you like!
Puree rinsed & drained black beans in a food processor until smooth.
Mix puree with the eggs & oil, then adding the remaining ingredients of cocoa, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, & chips.
Pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
Arrange Pecans on half of the batter, and sprinkle sea salt on the other half; use more or less of either according to your liking!
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Brownies are complete when a knife comes out clean when poked in the middle of the pan.
Let cool for at least 20 minutes! They will hold their shape much better if you do, and they will still be warm. Nom away!
Source: adapted from Body Rock
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