Delicious, healthy gluten-free brownies!

I love brownies. And I love chocolate.

The combination of decadent melted chocolate in a moist, slightly soft cake is divine. Baking brownies is an experience of its own. Consider the aroma of a chocolate-y rich batter slowly rising as it draws in the essence of vanilla extract and warm chocolate chips.

What can be better?

Well, there is something.

Suppose you take that same, delightful brownie recipe and you alter a few ingredients to enjoy it just as usual, minus some of the guilt. Or you can use a slightly shocking ingredient to replicate the magical brownie result…and achieve a “healthified” brownie altogether.

Yes, I said healthy brownie. Nutritionally sound it is. Gluten-free, and potentially vegan or sugar-free as well!

Eat this brownie for breakfast. You will love it.

Now that I have you ecstatic to find out what makes this brownie as exquisite as I made it sound, wait ’till you hear the main ingredient:

Black. Beans.

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Photo credit: Food Network- Marg (Cayman Designs)

Follow the recipe as follows to enjoy this delicious treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1- 15 1/2 ounce can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp any oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 4 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar (see below for stevia substitution)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  3. In a food processor, blend the black beans until smooth, and add the remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Pulse until completely smooth and free of clumps.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of batter, or mix in (as per choosing). Feel free to use other add-ins like nuts or small candies!
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the edges of the brownie detach from the pan. *Be careful not to overbake, as the brownies will become very dry and crumble.*
  6. Cool completely before cutting into square brownies.

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Sugar free substitution: A replacement for sugar is possible through the use of an artificial sweetener, or better yet, stevia extract.

For the 3/4 cups of sugar, use 1 3/4 teaspoons of pure liquid stevia instead, or about 18 packets of stevia blend (such as Truvia).

I personally haven’t had much success working with stevia, but some people don’t mind the after taste, and it is a healthier option!

I hope you enjoy making this recipe and comment if you liked it!

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