Black Bean Chia Brownies

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This recipe from Joy McCarthy is full of interesting ingredients. The black beans are totally hidden — no one will even know these gems are packed with fiber! The chia seeds are a wonderful source of belly-satiated fiber, good fat and protein. This recipe also includes cacao nibs, which are chocolate in the rawest form. They provide a heavenly dose of phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a chemical that we create naturally when we're excited. It also plays a role in feeling focused and alert because it causes your pulse rate to quicken, resulting in a similar feeling to when we are excited or fall in love! It's also a source of anandamide, which is present in our brain when we feel great. Anandamide is also called "chocolate amphetamine" as it causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, leading to feelings of excitement and alertness.

Black Bean Chia Brownies

Ingredients

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 medium eggs
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil, at room temp
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine black beans, eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, cacao powder, chia seeds and vanilla.
  4. Process until smooth.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Transfer mixture to the baking pan.
  7. Level with a spatula and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
  8. Bake for 30-35 min or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool in the pan before cutting.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

 

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