It’s January. The post holiday “eat clean” month and I’m giving you brownies. Hehe.
But of course there’s a catch. They’re healthier than your average brownie.
I’m not one of those people who can just completely give something up, like bread, chocolate or sugar. That’s a recipe for disaster and in my opinion not so healthy. I know we all overindulged over the Holidays and it’s the start of a new year which means certain resolutions have been established. I’m sure most of them revolve around eating healthier, working out more, etc.
I didn’t exactly make resolutions this year. I never really do. I’m not against the idea, in fact I think it’s great to set goals for yourself and feel motivated. I’m the type of person who sets out to accomplish things in life.
I like to have my mind focused on something, challenge myself and explore new adventures. In essence, I’m sort of setting goals for myself all year long. They’re constantly changing and evolving so when the New Year approaches I don’t even think twice about creating some year long goal.
All year long I have the goal to eat healthy, nourish my body with good food, create delicious recipes, share those recipes and challenge myself with new fitness routines. My overall philosophy is to find a balance that works for you and just let it be. I didn’t always have that mentality.
It’s something I grasped this year and I can honestly say I have never been happier. Sure there are things I wish to change in my life but nothing worth dwelling on to the point of feeling unhappy.
Finding “balance” goes for food as well as anything else. I can’t just stop eating something because it’s “unhealthy” only to overindulge in it later. It’s never a good idea to deprive yourself of food if you do not have to. If you’re not allergic to gluten I don’t see why you need to be completely gluten free. If you don’t have diabetes I see no reason why you can’t enjoy a slice of chocolate cake here and there.
Point being, I’m the type of person who needs a sweet fix in the house at all times. Wether it’s “healthier” than the average dessert or jut as decadent, that’s how I balance my life. I love chocolate.
I love fudge. I love brownies. So I made them. I tweaked them and added some beneficial ingredients because that’s what I love to do. I love treats but I don’t like to feel sugar-coma sluggish all the time.
I made these with black beans, unrefined sugar and peanut butter. Unrefined sugar doesn’t give you a sugar high then a sugar crash like regular refined sugar does. Black beans are one of the best sources of fiber and protein you can come by. Peanut butter is just plain delicious. Enjoy!
How To Make Black Bean Fudge Brownies?
- 1 15 oz can back beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 egg whites
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar or organic brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips + pb chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 8X8 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
- Place ingredients except chocolate chips into a food processor or high quality blender and process until batter is completely smooth. Batter should be slightly on the thicker side.
- Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into dish and top with shaved chocolate or more chocolate chips. Swirl extra peanut butter on top if you want.
- Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool completely and cut into 12 squares