If brownies are one of life’s greatest pleasures to you, then perhaps you also feel that a brownie with health benefits, protein and hardly any sugar is a pretty good thing too….
With the wonderful classic brownie texture, this recipe makes a big batch of filling and satisfying snacks that can also be eaten for breakfast or even an on-the-go lunch, as they’re filled with protein, fibre, magnesium, an abundance of vitamins, and antioxidants. Black beans are one of the highest sources of plant-based protein, whilst adding applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla extract and your choice of natural, healthy sweetener means there is MUCH less sugar here than your average brownie. (And let’s be honest, this isn’t your average brownie).
Have a play with the amount of sweetness you add, but if you want to make sure you get some sort of ‘sugar hit’ taste, the secret is to add chopped dates or a mixture of frozen berries, so each bite has a serving of the sweet stuff.
- 1 can black beans, drained
- ¼ cup ground almonds / almond flour, coconut flour or quinoa flour (whole wheat flour can also be used)
- 2 eggs or 2 flax / chia eggs for a vegan alternative
- ¼ cup sugar free applesauce
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar or 2 tsp sweetener alternative
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
- For more texture and flavour, try adding: 2 tbsp hemp seeds and 2 tbsp coconut flakes, 1 handful berries or 1 handful dark chocolate chips.
Preheat the oven to 175C
Line a baking dish or pan with brown paper or coconut oil
Add all ingredients (other then the ingredients for added texture and flavour) to a blender and blend well
Add the mixture to the baking pan
Bake for 30 mintues
Once firm on the top, remove from the oven and leave to cool on the side
Slice into squares to serve
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week
Enjoy with vegan ice cream , organic yoghurt or a large coffee in the sunshine!