Small changes for a healthier new year: Black Bean Brownies

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I don’t know about you, but the only way for me to make lasting change in terms of a healthier lifestyle is to make small specific baby steps. In 2014, I began to study recipes and research ways to switch unhealthy fats in my cooking for healthier one. Instead of vegetable oils and Crisco, I now primarily cook and bake with olive oil, butter and coconut oil. My all time favorite recipe from this past year is a recipe called Black Bean Brownies (or as I tell my children “double chocolate chip brownies”).  They love them!  It’s a great way to boost nutrition through desert.  Here it is:

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1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

*1/4 cup unbleached white flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup chocolate chips (opt.)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (opt.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease pan.  Combine beans, chocolate chips, flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, oil and vanilla in a food processor.  Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and nuts if desired.  Bake for 30-45 minutes or until set.

*note:  feel free  to experiment with using your favorite type of flour.  With only 1/4 cup, the flour is not a major component of this recipe.  I’ve used coconut flour in the past with success.  The texture of the brownies will change slightly but they’re still yummy!

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One blog that I’ve enjoyed studying this past year is the Wellness Mama.  I’ve particularly found her recipes for beauty and cleaning products to be helpful.  You can check out her 101 Uses for Coconut Oil here.

Wishing you a healthy 2015!

Elizabeth

 

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