Duncan Hines who? No pre-packaged brownie mix here. Actually, they’re no-bake brownies: fudgy, chocolatey, batter bars. (… with no eggs, butter, flour, or sugar). Come get your un-bake on.
I always have people asking me if my husband eats all the “healthy” treats I make. He’s a Twinkie-oatmeal cream pie-nutty bar type of guy … so with that said, no. He’s slowly becoming more mindful when it comes to his snacks and what’s all jam packed into the ingredient list. Before, he would buy those junky junk foods for his work “dessert”, but lately he’s letting me make his treats at home.
I’ve made homemade snicker doodles, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal pecan coconut cookies, brownie, etc. Even though they’re not the healthiest, I still know what goes in them. Hey, baby steps!
Of course, I have to make some sweets for me as well! So whatever he wants for the week, I try and make a “healthier” version for myself. He will even try them and say, “Wow, that’s pretty good. I could eat one of those!”
Last week, one of those was a no-bake black bean brownie. Double dark chocolate brownies at that. I used dark cocoa powder AND dark chocolate chips. It’s one dark, decadent dessert.
Want to know a secret? There’s no flour, no eggs, no butter, and no added sugar.
How can they be decadent without all that? Well they are, trust me. They’re fudgy, super chocolately and I love pairing it with a scoop of vanilla bean Halo Top ice cream. Of course, it’s good all by itself.
Most 8×8 brownie or bar recipes have 12-16 servings. I can never understand why because they are soooo tiny! I want a big piece darn it. This recipe has 9 good size brownies at 151 calories each. They’re so good (and easy to make!) I made them again this week.
Stay tuned for some chocolate chip cookie bars. Those are delicious AND paleo to boot. I’ll have those posted soon. Soon lovelies, soon.
This recipe is adapted/inspired from ifoodreal.com
no-bake dark chocolate black bean brownies
1 15oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
3 oz pitted dates
1/4 cup pumpkin (or unsweetened applesauce)
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt (just shy of 1 tsp)
1 oz dark chocolate chips (use milk chocolate for a sweeter brownie)
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 oz walnuts, chopped (or nut of choice)
-In a small bowl, soak dates in hot/warm water until soft (about 5 minutes).
-Meanwhile, line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment or wax paper, set aside.
-In a food processor or high powered blender, combine all brownie ingredients.
-Blend until smooth.
-Pour brownie batter in baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula.
-Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave at :20 intervals.
-Press nuts into the batter then drizzle with the melted chocolate.
-Place brownies in the fridge for a few hours to set.
-When brownies are set, cut into 9 squares.
-Store in the fridge or freezer.