Ok. This may be one of my favourite recipes yet. PLEASE do not be put off at the fact these babies contain black beans…yup that’s right.
Why? Why put black beans in a delicious brownie? Good question. I love all brownies (black beans or not) and please don’t think you can’t enjoy regular brownies too, you totally can and remain healthy! There’s a time and place for all foods in my opinion.
Simply put, an option to prevent a not-so-steep blood sugar spike is a benefit to how I personally feel… and most of us like to enjoy sweet snack right – so if it can be done without compromising on taste (you literally wouldn’t know the difference), why not?
Rich, dense, chocolatey heaven! The fact these brownies contain a decent amount of fibre + the addition of high quality unflavoured protein powder, means they have properties to help slow the absorption of sugars down in the bloodstream and sustain our energy for longer. They’re well macro-nutrient balanced (meaning they have a good ratio of protein, carbohydrate and fat). Plus, apparently they don’t even taste weirdly ‘heathy-ified’, (makes me giggle) – I hope you’re going to love them.
Ingredients (makes 10/11 brownies):
1 400g can of black beans/turtle beans drained and rinsed
1.5 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 large squares of 70% or higher dark chocolate (I use Lindt)
2 tbsp unflavoured whey protein (I used Pulsin grass-fed). Could use a vegan blend but I’ve not tried it with that myself yet.
1/3 cup oat flour (oats milled in a blender) OR buckwheat flour.
1 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup runny honey
3 tsp spoon stevia *optional
Turn on the oven to 180 fan to pre-heat while you assemble the recipe.
In a food processor, add the drained and rinsed black beans first, then pile the rest of the ingredients on top. Process on a medium/high speed until a smooth batter forms.
In a greased baking pan (I used a modest sized 2lb loaf tin), pour the brownie batter in and with a spatula, smooth over the top for an even distribution.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 mins (may need up to 20 mins). Let cool and cut into slices.
For those interested, nutrition values as follows (per serving, based on 10):
Calories: 166, Fat: 9g, Carbs: 16g (7.2g of which sugar, 4.8g fibre) Protein: 5.3g. Rich in the mineral magnesium, source of folate and also calcium.