Bean Brownies

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Ready in 45 minutes • Makes 20 servings

Ingredients

Dry

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup Sucanat

Wet

  • 1 cup canned or boiled black beans, drained and mashed
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In another smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the bean mixture to dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are well combined. Pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Insert a knife into the center - if it comes out clean, your brownies are ready.

Fit Fact: Sucanat is pure dried sugar cane juice. It undergoes less processing and is slightly more nutritious than white or brown sugar, as it retains the mineral-rich molasses, which is normally stripped from refined sweeteners. It's a bit pricier than white sugar, but it's worth the splurge for producing clean baked treats.

Tip: Instead of mashing the boiled beans, blend them in a food processer to get a smoother consistency for the batter - and keep them inconspicuous in the final product.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 90, Total Fats: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 55 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 10 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 3 g, Iron: 1 mg

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