Clean Eats: Healthy Happy GUILT FREE Brownies

Who doesn’t love chocolate and/or fudge as a little dessert treat?  Especially when you know they are heart healthy and have a secret ingredient that packs more protein and fiber, than traditional brownies ladened with milk, sugar and traditional fudge.

So what’s the secret ingredient?  Black beans, of course!

You might be scratching your head saying, “HUH?  Why on earth would I want to call anything with black beans in it, as dessert?  Well, you’ll be surprised, you can hardly taste them!

These guilt free brownies are SUPER easy to whip together and is DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE (unless you choose to add some), SUGAR FREE, which is right up my alley.  I tend to have very little dairy in my diet as it is, and since I *HEART* sweets, this is a great marriage for me!

Ready for it?

Makes 12 servings (or 24 pieces)

1 15-ounce can of cooked black beans, drained & rinsed (or 1 3/4 cups of cooked beans)

3/4 cup carob powder

6 tbsp. melted coconut oil

4-6 tbsp. maple syrup OR agave nectar

1 tsp. organic or non-alcohol vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

* Walnut pieces (optional)

Place all ingredients in a food processor or Kitchen Aid with the “S” blade and blend until smooth.  Mixture should be thick.

Line an 8” X 4 “ loaf pan with plastic wrap and transfer the mixtures to the pan, spreading to the edges. Refrigerate until totally firm.  Use plastic wrap to list the brownies from the pan.

Cut into squares and serve.  Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition per serving:

146 calories

6.9 grams fat

2.5 grams of protein

18.4 grams of carbs

4.9 gram of fiber

101 mg of sodium

Want to add some variety?  Try these easy tricks:

Mint fudge brownie: add 1/2-1 tsp mint extract along with other ingredients, and blend as directed
Nutty fudge brownie: add 2-4 tbsp chopped nuts to mixture after blending or substitute 1-2 Tbsp of coconut oil with nut/seed butter

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