Black beans are a great source of fiber, folate, protein, Thiamin, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Manganese – as well as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Hazelnuts provide a source of protein, Iron, Calcium and Vitamin E. Unsweetened cocoa powder is high in antioxidants and hazelnuts contain heart healthy fats and flavonoids that have shown to improve circulation and brain function.
These brownies are not only nutritious but low in sugar and really filling so are an excellent way to crush a sweet craving and will provide you with energy while keeping you satisfied until your next meal.
- 1 can drained and rinsed black beans
- 4 tbsp almond meal
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup natural honey
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, pulsed into chunks in a food processor
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350F. Blend all the ingredients except the hazelnut pieces, coconut oil and baking powder into a paste in a food processor or blender. Once batter is smooth mix in the baking powder, coconut oil and hazelnuts. Pour into a prepared lightly greased pan or into muffin cups (I don’t have a baking pan yet hence why I made these as muffins).
If baking as muffins they will take about 10 minutes. If baking in a pan it will likely take about double the amount of time.