Healthy brownies just make so happy! In 2015 I was totally surprised by baking with pulses, like chickpeas, black beans, white beans and lentils. I experimented a lot since then and made many different items so far. I liked it a lot to serve these caky items when we had guests over. They didn’t figure at all there were beans in these baked sweets, like:
- Sweet potato walnut brownies
- Vegan banana coffee blondies
- Black bean coffee brownies
- Chickpea peanut butter chocolate chip brownies
- Skinny white bean peanut butter blondies
- Skinny banana chickpea blondies
Original cakes, brownies or blondies contain a lot of sugar and butter. Of course you can eat this sometimes on a special occasion, but for sure not too often. But…, the items above are totally suitable as a daily snack, as they are nutrient-dense and non-processed. You can even surprise your colleagues with your own creation!
Black beans and chocolate are really surprisingly great together. Not only its surprising taste, but also the surprising nutritional value of black beans is exciting. Black beans are member of the pulses family and the beans provide in a lot of important macro- and micronutrients. The beans are rich in fibers, protein, (low glycemic) carbs and also provide a lot of vitamins & minerals, like folate, magnesium and manganese. Black beans are known for improving cardiovascular health, protecting against cancer, improving digestive health, providing long lasting energy & stabilizing blood sugar levels (Dr. Axe, 2017).
You can read an earlier recipe by me for black bean (coffee) brownies here, but this time I wanted to create healthier brownies that are a little easier to make. I ended up with 7 ingredients you need to create this moist chocolaty squares. They are incredibly easy to make – a hand blender does most of the work. They came out so nice! I like them as a morning snack with some good strong black dark roast coffee :). You really have to make sure you don’t overbake them, because they easily get too crumbly or dry. 25′ in the oven should be right enough!
Why are they so great in nutritional value?
Above you read about black beans and how nutritious they are and how they slowly release their nutrients. There is also honey and cacao powder in there, which are quick releasing carbs. The eggs give additional protein and the walnuts provide some nice healthy fats. All together, these 7 ingredients brownies give you a nice & healthy shot of energy. They contain about 125-150 calories per square brownie (3×3″)!
Below you can find this super easy recipe and at the bottom of the post you can find alternatives to some ingredients. Be aware it may change the taste if you replace ingredients. Also, don’t bother to react on the post with the questions you might have!