The Best Black Bean Protein Brownies….Ever

Valentine’s Day is a day for love, lust and chocolate!

I doubt you would ever think that beans would feature, and I too initially thought that putting beans anywhere near a brownie tray would be ludicrous, but, after seeing post after post about how amazing black beans can be in dessert, I had to try it out, and boy was I pleased that I did!

These brownies are super simple to make and only require a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboards. Equipment wise, all you need is a food processor (or a blender) and a cake tin/ brownie tray or even a muffin tin. These brownies are super versatile- you can make them into one ‘traditional’ brownie tray bake, or you can make individual brownie muffins- totally up to you!

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This recipe is totally ideal for Valentine’s day because they are great for satisfying your sweet tooth and chocolatey cravings, but they won’t blow your day’s diet, or leave you feeling guilty and heavy. These brownies are packed with protein from the Sprout Living Epic Protein Powder, full of fiber from the black beans, give you a great dose of healthy coconut oil, and are super low in sugar- so won’t give you that horrible sugar low you can so often get from super indulgent desserts.

Oh, and did I mention that these brownies are: gluten free and vegan?!

Seriously. You have to try them!

Prep Time: 10 minutes, Bake Time: 15-18 minutes, Total time: 30 minutes

To make 12 small, or 6 large brownies you will need:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee (optional, but recommended)
  • 3 cups of black beans (about 2 regular sized cans- rinse and drain these really well)
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce (can sub mashed banana or pumpkin puree here)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional, but adds a nice sweetness)
  • 6 tbsp Sprout Living Epic Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips, or 70%-99% dark choc chunks
  • 1 tbsp chopped nuts (e.g. walnuts, pecans, peanuts)

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Here is how to make them:

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (170 Celsius)
  • 2. Lightly grease your brownie tin or muffin tins with coconut oil.
  • 3. Blitz your oats in your food processor until they form a flour.
  • 4. Add your black beans, coffee, puree, Sprout Living Epic Protein powder, vanilla extract, syrup and coconut oil. Blitz until well combined.
    1.  NB. You may need to do this in two batches if your blender is struggling.
    2. NB.2. If the batter is too thick add 1tbsp water. The batter should be like thick frosting/ mousse- it should not be runny at all.

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  • 5. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if adding.
  • 6. Spoon the thick batter into your tin and smooth the tops with a wet spoon.

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(NB.3. See how dry the batter is ^^)

  • 7. You can add some extra choc chips and nuts on the top if you like!
  • 8. Bake your brownies for between 15-18 minutes or until the top is dry, slightly cracking and starting to pull away from the side of the tin.
  • 9. Let cool for about 15 mins before removing from pan.
    • I cut mine into Valentine’s inspired heart shapes, but feel free to cut them into whatever shape you so desire!

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  • 10. You can serve straight away, or freeze and reheat as needed.

I would recommend enjoying these brownies with a generous scoop of ice cream for extra decadence, or banana nice cream if you are dairy free. Or why not try adding a handful of berries, some banana chunks, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, or a nice big dollop of nut butter?- all delicious additions that can help take these brownies to the next level.

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But, feel free to disregard these suggestions as these brownies are perfect as they are!

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