Questions Answered: Gooey Moist Brownies

by Elise Schwartz | February 22, 2011 5:54 PM

By looks and taste, you’ll never guess what is in these brownies.  But if you read the name of today’s recipe, you know black beans are my secret ingredient for an Advanced Plan gooey moist brownie.  Julia wrote me an email confessing she (too) is a brownie lover and needs a satisfying healthy alternative.  Well here you go, Julia!  Hope this recipe satisfies your craving.  :)

What’s great is these brownies a protein packed and make a very healthy snack.  And I don’t feel bad eating one (or two) of these for breakfast or early morning treat if the chocolate craving so desires to strike.


Black Bean Brownies

16oz organic black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup xylitol
1 1/2 tsp spoonable stevia
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 organic free range eggs (large)
1/2 cup almond flour, fine ground and sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp flax meal (optional)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup water

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Puree the black beans in a food processor or blender until completely smooth (may need to add a couple Tablespoons of water to help this along, but you don’t want the beans to get soupy).

2.)  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until just combined.  Grease 9×9 inch glass pan with about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.  Pour batter evenly in pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, watching that the edges don’t burn.  Cool for at least 1 hour, or they may be too gooey to slice.  ENJOY!

You can stir in any of your favorite additions.  We love unsweetened coconut flakes and dark chocolate chips!  Other ideas: chopped almonds, chopped macadamia nuts, swirl in almond butter, chopped walnuts, 2 Tablespoons espresso, or almond extract.

Hope you love, Julia!!

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