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I Can’t Believe it’s Black Bean Brownies

I Can't Believe it's Black Bean Brownies
The healthiest brownies that no one will guess are healthy. I often modify recipes to make them my own, but with baking, modifications are a bit trickier for me, so this is very close to the original.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups black beans (I used canned, drained and rinsed)
  2. 1 ripe banana
  3. 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  4. ½ cup date paste* (see recipe below) *allow 1 hour soaking time for date paste
  5. 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  6. ½ cup raw cacao powder
  7. 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  9. ¼ tsp sea salt
  10. ¼ cup oat or almond flour (I used almond)
  11. 1 tsp baking powder
  12. ¼ tsp baking soda
  13. ½ cup dark chocolate chips
To make date paste
  1. Pour 2/3 cup of hot water over 1 cup pitted dates and then soak for about an hour. Throw all ingredients into a powerful blender or food processor and process until a smooth, thick paste is formed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Grease mini muffin tins with coconut oil.
  3. In a food processor with S-blade (I used my Vitamix with regular blade; it was iffy, but did the job), mix black beans, banana, maple syrup, date paste, coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt until well-combined and smooth.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Fill mini muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes and transfer to a wire rack.
Notes
  1. High fibre and protein with no processed sugar.
Adapted from Karma Chow
Adapted from Karma Chow
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/
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