Cacao Black Bean Protein Brownies

Sometimes it frightens me how large of a sugar tooth I have… but I listen to my body and give it what it wants! But really.. it always wants brownies.

These brownies are filled with macronutrients from the black beans and the protein powder and satisfy every dessert craving that I get.

Plus, with the cacao powder and nibs, you’ ll get a tonne of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, and it’s one of the highest plant-based sources of iron. ┬áNot only that but cacao contains anandamide (a mood improve), phenethylamine (an aphrodisiac), flavanols (an anti-inflammatory), and it boosts levels of serotonin for us to feel good (and actually help PMS). Cacao is a true superfood!

With no refined sugars or flours and an option for a vegan batch (using a plant based protein) your set on your brownie fix without feeling guilty.

I developed this recipe for a friend with food sensitivities, including a nut allergy, so I kept it simple! However, my mind is thinking that a nice almond butter or peanut butter swirl in these would be incredible, or even making them crunchy with a few other nuts and seeds would be perfect too. If you try this recipe and play around with it, let me know! I would love to see what you guys come up with xox

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Black Bean Cacao Protein Brownies
Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 8-12 hours
Servings
brownies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Black Beans (Soaked/Drained/Rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Protein Powder (Whey works best)
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 4 tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Nibs
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 8-12 hours
Servings
brownies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Black Beans (Soaked/Drained/Rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Protein Powder (Whey works best)
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 4 tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Nibs
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Combine all the ingredients into your food processor, except for the chocolate chips and cacao nibs. Blend until smooth
  3. Stir in all, or some, of the chocolate chips and pour into a greased or parchment lined 8x8 square pan
  4. Top with cacao nibs and left over (or extra) chocolate chips if desired
  5. Cook for 20 minutes
  6. Let cool in pan and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight
  7. Cut and serve! (Refrigerate leftovers up to 5 days)
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