Recipe: Dark Chocolate Brownies

By Danielle Wesierski, www.NaturallySavvy.com

Delicious, easy to make and healthy (really!), indulging in these brownies is a no-brainer. Black beans contain anthocyanins that have been shown to boost brain power, and the flavanols in chocolate are associated with promoting positive moods. Black beans are a great protein and fiber source at about 8 grams each per half-cup serving, so this delectable dessert can be just about as healthy as the main course!

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked black beans
2 large eggs
4 tbsp of molasses
3 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp of goji berries
4 dates chopped
¼ cup of ground walnuts
1 espresso shot
1-3 squares organic 85% dark chocolate (or higher)

Read more about the health benefits of chocolate

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
2. In a blender combine all of the ingredients except the dark chocolate. Blend until smooth and free of any lumps.
3. Pour the batter into a parchment lined loaf pan; it will be very liquidy. Chop the dark chocolate and spread it across the surface. Some of the chunks should fall into the batter – otherwise help some of it into the batter with a teaspoon.
4. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, and set a side to cool completely before removing from the pan.
5. Enjoy! I like to add a scoop of Greek yogurt, drizzled molasses and raspberries when serving.

You can keep this loaf in the fridge for to 5 days, and it will stay moist and delicious! You may want to warm it up after it has been in the fridge – it just tastes better!

Note: The caffeine in chocolate plus the caffeine from the espresso shot will most likely keep you up, so it would be wise to eat this early on in the day or leave out the espresso shot.

This article was originally published on www.NaturallySavvy.com.

*Image of “brownies” via Shutterstock

RECOMMENDED