Sometimes I’m about all the chocolate. But most of the time I’m looking for ways to feed myself that chocolate in a way that’s as healthy as possible, without sacrificing taste. That’s where these Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies come in.
This isn’t my first attempt at a Black Bean Brownie. And that first batch was a seriously good. But this batch? Let me just say, amazing comes to mind.
I’ve had a passion for fiber for quite awhile. In fact, that’s one reason I have such a thing with using chickpeas. That passion has grown even more intense since listening to Dr. Garth Davis on the Rich Roll Podcast.
Do you know what he said that really caught my attention? Most of us would never have to deal with our weight if we focused on getting 35 grams of fiber per day.
Then there’s Dr. Gregor’s video, Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein, where he points out that we’re getting more than enough protein, but missing the fiber target dramatically.
Are You Getting Your Fiber?
According to Dr. Gregor (and many other nutritional experts) most Americans are not getting enough fiber. In fact, on average, we’re consuming about 15 grams of fiber a day. That’s not a lot when you consider the recommendation of 30-35 grams per day.
Just look up the nutritional information for dairy, eggs, and other animal-based products. There’s no fiber. And most processed foods don’t include any significant amount of fiber either.
So, how are we supposed to up our fiber game?
The best way of adding fiber to your diet is…eating plants! Seriously. In fact, plants are not only the best source of fiber, they’re our only source of fiber in our diets.
I’m convinced that adding fiber is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up some of the foods we love. That’s where these black bean brownies come in. Whereas the average brownie has less than 1 gram of fiber per serving, by including black beans in the ingredients, these Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies boast nearly 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Go ahead. Have another!
Of course having a healthy dose of fiber is important, but there’s another important question that has to be answered. Does the brownie taste good?
They’re not just good…they’re crazy good!
So, in summary, these brownies are:
- full of fiber
- easy to make
What else could you ask for!
We hope you love these Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies as much as we do! If you decide to make them, take a photo and share them using #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15 oz can black beans (with bean brine)
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cups dairy-free chocolate chips
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup all-purpose flour (substitute gluten-free baking flour)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a 8" square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
- Combine the coconut oil and black beans in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
- Add the sugar and chocolate chips to the food processor. It will be a bit bumpy, but pulse for a few seconds (up to 20 - 30 seconds) to break up the chocolate chips. You can always chop the chocolate chips into pieces on a cutting board if you prefer not to put your food processor to the test.
- Add in the cocoa powder, flour, ground flax, and cornstarch. Give the mixture one more pulse until the ingredients are combined.
- Pour the brownie batter into your prepared pan, using a spatula to get it all. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick (or piece of spaghetti) inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Once the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool before serving. Serve warm (or not - they're delicious either way).