Brought to you by FitChicksWithLipsticks  , this is our first in a series of posts where we plan to write about our experiments with  healthy recipes that are not only healthy but taste  pretty darn GREAT too! There are times when despite our best efforts we still crave that little piece of something sweet, and we have found some AMAZING recipes on this lovely gal’s DEELicious site chocolatecoveredkatie.com ! The first of these was tried out by Mo and we picked the No-Flour Black Bean Brownies from Katie’s page for this “experiment” :)

 Prior to Mo and her family providing their seal of approval, this was also tried and loved by myself, my colleagues at work ( many of who had no clue that they weren’t traditional brownies !!), my family ( sister, hubby,dad etc) and tons of other people online who say they just LOVE it.  Here’s a recap of Mo’s adventure with this in her own words :

” My darling Dee recommended I try this flourless fiber packed brownie recipe courtesy of chocolatecoveredkatie.com  The thought of black beans and oatmeal honestly had me wondering how good they could be, but knowing the health benefits of the ingredients I was all in.  Being in the kitchen with my daughters is a lot of fun. It gets them away from television and unglued from there iPad’s, so it’s a real win, win situation.

As per Katie’s recommendations this is what you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (or honey, but not for strict vegans.) (75g)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (40g)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)
  • optional: more chips, for presentation

Blk Bean Brownie 1

We used all supermarket brought products. I tried to lean towards the healthier brands/variety. The beans were reduced sodium, and washed prior to adding, the baking powder was also reduced sodium and aluminum free, the vanilla extract had no corn syrup and the chocolate chips were 60% cacao.

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When I tried the batter I was so surprised with the flavors achieved!! The smell of fresh cocoa and coconut oil had me in such a happy place !:)

Ready To Bake

So…… after the mixing blending and baking, it was finally time to try my first batch of these black bean brownies.  (Note: Mo used her favourite piggy timer!)

Timer

It was a family affair :)

Now We Wait

I used a 9 x 9 Pyrex baking dish which made about 9 squares that were literally inhaled because they were so good!!

All ready

(Seriously…trust us they are AS tasty as they look. Check out this amazing shot by Mo…)

Black Bean Brownie Delight

I will admit they didn’t last very long….the kids and hub were pretty serious about these brownies, I ended up making a second batch the same night.

Overall these are the easiest brownies I’ve ever made not to mention they taste amazing. Honestly I think there better tasting than regular flour brownies.”

I don’t think we need to add that they are obviously MUCH healthier than regular brownies and really taste SOOOO good!!  We think these would make a GREAT holiday treat  – ditch the butter cookies and pumpkin pie  – try these instead and you can enjoy them a little more guilt-free:)

We’d love your feedback on this new series of posts as well as the collab. Thanks for reading and  we hope you stay healthy and happy this holiday season!

P.S: we have our own little space over at www.fitchickswithlipsticks.com now:) Come visit us there!

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