These Fudgy Black Bean Brownies are flourless, chocolate-y and a healthy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
You knew this was coming—a Valentine’s Day roundup! While Miguel and I will probably go out to dinner either tomorrow or Thursday to avoid the restaurant wait time, coming home and enjoying desserts sounds like a really good idea. Don’t you agree? Whether you’re looking for a dessert for THE holiday or just for the days leading up to it, we’ve got you covered.
Neapolitan Coconut Butter Cups by Fit Mitten Kitchen
A layered mix of coconut butter in the classic ice cream flavor, these Vegan Neapolitan Coconut Butter Cups are a healthier way to indulge for Valentine’s Day
Cookie Dusted Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries by rachLmansfield
Gluten free Cookie Dusted Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries, the perfect indulgent yet healthy treat!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies by The Balanced Berry
Gluten free peanut butter cookies with a kiss of jam right in the middle. Only requires six ingredients, and comes together in one bowl!
Vegan Chocolate Truffles by In It 4 the Long Run
Celebrate Valentine’s Day right with these scrumptious vegan chocolate truffles that will melt in your mouth.
Mini Guava Cheesecake Cups by The Blissful Balance
Light and creamy cheesecake atop a crunchy graham cracker crust topped with sweet guava jam for a bite full of flavor.
Ok real talk, I’m not even going to pretend like Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday, because it’s not. Not even top 3 (top 3: Christmas, New Years and my birthday which totally counts). I know, what a scrooge. WITH THAT SAID, I’m always down for dessert, and I’m pretty certain Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to eat CHOCOLATE. Lots and lots of chocolate. I can get on board with that, especially if the chocolate is a bit healthier. Yes, healthy desserts can still be indulgent (as you can see from the list above), and these fudgy black bean brownies are just that.
I’d seen black bean brownies/cookies before but never made them myself. People say “oh you can’t taste the beans at all”… and they are CORRECT. I thought about making these brownies vegan but then decided to use regular eggs instead. If you DO want to make them vegan, you can sub out the eggs for flax eggs instead. Otherwise, the ingredient list is pretty minimal—beans, oil, eggs, vanilla, sugar, syrup, cacao, salt, and baking powder—and all ingredients you most likely already have. SUCH a bonus in my opinion.
Sooo I’m guessing you know what to do—let’s get baking! (even if it’s just for yourself :D)
- 1 can black beans
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2-4 tbsp chocolate chips, depending on preference
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place beans in food processor and pulse; add coconut oil, eggs, syrup, and vanilla and pulse to mix together.
- Add in sugar, cacao, baking powder, and salt and pulse to combine. Remove blade from food processor and stir in chocolate chips by hand.
- Coat a 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil and then pour batter into pan, using a spatula to smooth and even it out.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges have hardened. Allow AT LEAST 20 minutes for brownies to cool before cutting and removing from pan.
Q: What is your favorite holiday?