My favorite part about cooking for my family is altering indulgent recipes to make them healthy yet still lovable. I am always tweaking and editing family favorite recipes until they are a healthy and REAL FOOD option for my family. When we began eating better together, we started eliminating all processed and sugary foods. I quickly realized that my family still needed treats every once in a while and if I wanted these treats to fit our guidelines (healthy, as organic as possible, and inexpensive)- I was going to have to make them myself. Some recipes have failed and some have triumphed. These brownies did not disappoint!
This amazing gluten-free brownies recipe has NO flour and 2/3 less sugar than a traditional recipe! The best part about this recipe is that it is now loaded with protein and heart healthy fiber. You may be asking, “How do you make yummy chocolate brownies that are healthy”? I probably will never share the secret of these rich brownies with my family but I will definitely share it with you!
My secret ingredient for today – BLACK BEANS!
Black beans are a super-food in every definition of the word. In just 1 cup of black beans you get 15 grams of fiber (over half of your daily value) and 15 grams of protein (1.3 of your daily value). You get all of these benefits with no cholesterol, no sugar, and only 1 gram of fat! That is why these brownies are actually good for you! Black beans blend together smoothly and can be used in many recipes to make healthy sauces, soups, and even desserts!
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make these gluten-free black bean brownies:
Watch on Youtube – https://youtu.be/305-MjKqIMg
This flourless black bean brownie recipe was so simple that my husband made them. I would say it took him about 5 minutes to make them and the kids had them gone in about the same amount of time. No one ever imagined nor did they find out that there were black beans inside of their new favorite dessert! I honestly tried convincing my son that there were black beans inside and he would not believe me – and he is my biggest critic.
To may these your own, you can add anything your family loves to these brownies! Stir in chopped nuts, peanut butter, chocolate chips, cream cheese, or even candies right before placing the pan into the oven.
These brownies were a shock to both me and my family. They were extremely rich and we tasted no black beans! I decided I wanted to top off these brownies with some caramel sauce that I picked up at the store!
By the time I sat to write this article…all of my brownies were gone 🙁
Oh well. An empty pan of protein packed black bean brownies and smiling kids faces is what I call a Win-Win scenario.
I hope you will try these amazing brownies and enjoy them as much as we did.
Do you use a zany ingredient to make an indulgent recipe healthier?
I would love to know about it if you do!
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Flourless Black Bean Brownies Recipe - with only 9 simple ingredients, these pull together really fast and are grain-free and gluten-free brownies.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 baking dish.
Place all ingredients besides the chocolate chips in a food processor and process until smooth. Scrape the batter into the greased baking dish and level the top. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the batter.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-27 minutes.
Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing into squares.