Blackbean Brownies - Healthy Chocolate

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I LOVE chocolate! I think I eat dark chocolate almost every day. The awesome thing about a good quality dark chocolate is that it is actually good for you.

Research has shown that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in chocolate may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke considerably.

                                                                     Dark Chocolate

                         Contains Fiber and Minerals
                            -iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc and selenium
                       
                      Lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol
                       
                      Contains Antioxidants
                           -organic compounds: polyphenols, flavanols and catechins
                       
                      One of the highest scoring foods on the ORAC scale  
                           -(oxygen radical absorbance capacity measures antioxidants in food) 


How to choose a good dark chocolate:
     Choose a cocoa powder that has no additives, ie: sugar, butter.
     Choose a dark chocolate bar/chips with a high cocoa content; at least 70% and up.The higher the cocoa percentage the more bitter tasting it will be. It is an acquired taste!

There is no RDA of chocolate. As with all things, moderation is best. If you are eating it often, I'd keep it to an ounce or less a day. Of course this is just straight dark chocolate. I'm not talking about eating a salted caramel dark chocolate bar everyday. Mmmmmm! That's a once-in-a-blue-moon treat. Funny how I see a lot of blue moons at my house!

I love chocolate desserts, but most are full of refined flour and sugar. Here is a delicious brownie recipe. Yes, I know what you are thinking.... Black Beans, no way. Black beans belong in soup and salads. I am telling you, from one chocolate lover to another, these are the bomb! I mean they are really good.  Bonus...they are really good for you and with minimal ingredients these are super easy to make. These brownies are a very dense brownie. Adding the oats makes them a little more cake like.

Simple ingredients


All blended in the Blendtec

Top with chocolate chips

Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients:

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

optional ingredients:
1/3 cup oats - this makes them more cake like
4 drops peppermint essential oil  - I love peppermint so I always add this

Directions:

1.  Put all ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips in your high speed blender or food processor.
2.  Process for 1 min.
3.  Add the chocolate chips to batter and stir in. (you can save a few to put on top)
4.  Pour into prepared (I use coconut oil) 8x8 pan.
5.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


Sink your teeth into these antioxidant rich brownies

2 comments:

  1. What is the difference between vegetable oil and coconut oil?

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  2. It has a lot to do with the fatty acids. Coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids which are broken down by your body easily and not stored as fat. Vegetable oil has long chain fatty acids which are hard to break down and are stored as fat. Coconut oil is so healthy for you. I cook with it, bake with it, use it as my only moisturizer on my body from my head to my toes! Coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal properties. Coconut oil can be heated to a higher temperature without damaging the antioxidants in it. Vegetable oil raises your cholesterol levels where coconut oil helps to bring the LDL down and the HDL up. I buy my coconut oil from Sams Club. It's also been proven in studies to help fight dementia when taken daily by dementia patients. That's why I use it everyday!

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