There's a lot of these bean recipes out there. These days almost no one is surprised when you pop up and yell out the secret ingredient as they sink their teeth into one of your bean-based dessert creations. Believe me. But THIS RECIPE IS GOLD. Forget all the bean desserts you've seen floating around, because this recipe is THE ONE.
Think I'm wrong? Make these delicious, fudgy squares of goodness and get back to me. Or don't, because you'll be busy wondering where these have been your whole life, and probably also in awe that you can get 5g of protein out of one little, heavenly dessert.
BLACK BEAN PROTEIN BROWNIES
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 rounded scoops unflavored protein powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla
3 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350F & lightly grease an 8x8 pan with olive or coconut oil.
Place all ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts into a food processor or high-quality blender, and blend until smooth. (The batter will have a thick-liquid consistency.)
Transfer batter into a medium bowl; fold in chocolate chips and walnuts, or pour directly into baking dish if skipping mix-ins.
Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until brownies feel slightly firm to the touch and inserted knife comes out clean. Makes 16 brownies.
Nutritional Information (1 brownie, with chocolate chips): 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 12g carbs, 5.3g protein