If you love chocolate, you’re going to love these super moist and easy vegan Almond Black Bean Brownie Bites! They’re even gluten-free and flourless! You may find it hard to stop at just one! There are two types of people in this world. Those who love Black Bean Brownies and those who have never heard of Black Bean Brownies. For the latter, I know what you’re thinking: “Eeeeewww! Sounds nasty.” It does, true. But it isn’t. Believe me, it isn’t. For those of you who are the former, you know exactly what I mean!
Reason #1 – My heart, the Loves of my Life, My Family
I realize the older my children get, the more they will be faced with making their own wise choices in life. My husband and I work really hard to instill in them good values. It’s not always easy but we try to be as consistent as possible. One area in particular that’s easy to take for granted is making the right food choices. As a Holistic Health Coach, it would be wrong of me to overlook this when it comes to my children.
You see, the other day we were at the store and my 5 year old saw a box of brownie mix and asked if we could get it to make some. I told him, I’d love for us to make some together but before we put this in our cart, let’s take a look at the ingredients and see if it’s good enough for our body. Gotta admit I was quite surprised with the ingredients and not being able to explain to a 5 year old half of the stuff that was in that box of brownie mix!
So I made it up in my mind that day to make these babies. I wanted to make sure that this kid knew exactly what was going into this decadent, succulent, super moist, ultra fudge-y mixture! Lots of adjectives, I get it but believe me once you taste it, you’ll probably come up with a few more yourself!
Reason #2 – My Clients
When you want something sweet but don’t want to feel guilty about eating it afterwards, what do you reach for?
I asked this in a group at a recent seminar and based on the answers given, I was inspired to write this post. Many in the group felt that there weren’t too many healthy choices out there so when the snack attack hit, they’d grab what was near and thought about the “after effects” later.
Mindful eating? No more like mindless eating. I go into more details about this in my video How to Handle that 3pm Snack Attack!
Sweets aren’t bad for you. I never tell my clients to deprive themselves. In fact, when you do, it’s easy to go from one extreme the other. Ever heard of Yo-Yo dieting? Same thing.
It is better to be mindful of what you are putting into your body.
You may still be wondering how can you mix beans with dessert? Especially a chocolate dessert? Once you try it…you’ll get it. I was sold the minute I took my first bite! They are super moist! Better yet, my husband and children LOVED these and often ask for more. My clients love them too. I hope you feel the same. Wait a minute. I meant to say, I know you’ll feel the same!
These super moist and easy Almond Black Bean Brownie Bites are a win-win.
- These are easy to make.
- They’re super moist.
- They’re vegan.
- They’re Healthy and Sinfully Delicious.
Let me explain.
Healthy Dark Chocolate – It’s high in fiber. Moderate amounts is heart healthy, helping to lower bad cholesterol LDL and raise the good cholesterol, HDL. It has high levels of antioxidants (don’t mix with dairy milk as it will block the antioxidants). According to a British study, the flavonols in chocolate boost blood flow to brain, encouraging an increase in alertness.
YES dark chocolate contains a modest amount of caffeine and a milder stimulant theobromine, making it a great all-natural energy booster.
Healthy Black Beans – Also heart healthy and full of fiber, protein and can help lower cholesterol. Organic black beans are healthier because they have not been sprayed with any harmful chemicals. They also have not been genetically engineered. That means that you are getting all of its nutrients and beans are digested slowly, keeping you satisfied longer.
Healthy Almond Butter – Raw or roasted almonds should be the only ingredients. Both raw and roasted almonds are nutrient and mineral dense.Raw almonds have more naturally occurring beneficial fats, as some are lost in the roasting process.
Now for the sinfully delicious part…well you’ve just got to make them to see what I mean.
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- 1 15 ounce can of organic black beans (drained and thoroughly rinsed)
- 1/2 cup of high quality cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup of organic applesauce
- 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup or coconut nectar
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Line muffin pan with liners or spray liberally with a non-stick organic oil or use an oil mister.
- Blend all ingredients except the chocolate chips and cacao nibs in a food processor or high speed blender such as a Vitamix until completely smooth. You want it to be very smooth and creamy looking.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and pour mixture into muffin tins.
- Bake brownies for 15-17 minutes. Do not overbake.
- Cool before serving.
- Sprinkle raw cacao nibs on top and enjoy the blend of sweet and bitter. I guess that would be bittersweet, right?
- Place them in an airtight container and they will keep for 4-5 days.
- You may store in fridge or freezer.
- Allow to return to room temperature before indulging...enjoy!