Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Black Bean Brownie Bites

I have been awake since 4:30 this morning with my 15 month old.  She has two bottom molars coming in and is not handling it very well.  Can you blame her?  I can barely keep my eyes open at this point but managed to whip up some healthy brownie bites! I used an entire can of black beans as well as an all fruit sweetener instead of sugar.  See my date paste recipe here. 

The last time I made these, I used a combination of maple syrup and agave nectar.  I think even after adding an entire cup of date puree, I would still add maybe 1/4 cup of maple syrup.  The brownies came out a little more dense and cakey than I would have liked, but even adding the syrup still decreases the sugar content by a substantial amount from the original recipe.  You can find that one here.

1 15oz can no salt added black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup date paste
1/4 cup maple syrup (i recommend grade B)
2 TB ground flaxseeds
1 TB vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 TB brewed coffee
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
handful of walnuts for topping

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Combine black beans, date paste and maple syrup into a food processor and pulse for about 45 seconds or until very smooth. Add flaxseed, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, coffee and cocoa powder and process for another 30 seconds. Add whole wheat pastry flour and pulse for another 10 seconds until just combined

Transfer mix into a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon batter into your prepared pan and top with walnuts. Bake for 15 minutes. 

1 comment:

  1. These look amazing, can't wait to try them for my own little fifteen month old! Just FYI, there are also organic no-salt black beans in a tetrapak if you don't want to make your own and love the convenience of pre-made, like me, but want to avoid any and all canned goods for little ones due to concerns about the aluminum linings of the can. I keep them on hand and we go through quite a bit :-)! Thanks for posting this recipe and good luck with the teething.