Jessica Bakes: BB Chocolate Brownies
Homemade chocolate treats are my favourite. Or anything sweet for that matter. Finding healthier alternatives for the classic recipes is hard; sometimes they just don’t taste as good. However, this time, I think I have created something super yummy that is the perfect brownie, but with additional health benefits too.
These brownies contain lots of nourishing ingredients that are all natural. I have sourced these products from my local health food store – Grape Tree. They offer an extensive range of health foods that are delicious, wholesome and a fraction of regular RRP prices. Sourcing healthy foods for a reasonable price can be challenging. However, the Grape Tree has done it for you. The customer service is 100% every single time and I love going there. They kindly sent me some vouchers to spend in their shop and it funded this recipe! Which I am so thankful for.
“Grape Tree now has 75 retail stores selling a variety of health food, nuts, seeds, dried and crystallised fruit, snacks, confectionery, cooking and baking ingredients”.
These dark chocolate brownies are the perfect way to get your chocolate fix with the added touch of nourishment and nutrients. I included black beans for a denser texture as well as the additional benefits they offer: like other legumes such as peanuts, peas and lentils, black beans are prized for their high protein and fibre content. They also contain several other key vitamins and minerals that are known to benefit human health – protein, vitamin A, calcium, iron, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, copper, zinc, magnesium and lots more.
They are proven to help with maintaining healthy bones and they contain a LOW sodium content which helps with lowering the blood pressure. Due to their high fibre content, the black beans can prevent constipation and they aid in digestion, which encourages regularity for a healthy digestive tract. These little beans also aid in weight loss (if this is your current goal)… Because of their high fibre content they function as a “bulking agent” in your digestive system. High fibre foods reduce appetite as they make you feel fuller for longer, reducing your overall calorie intake (I don’t count my calories).
Also, this recipe contains chia seeds which add additional fibre and Omega 3s, the coconut flour is gluten-free and a high fibre food also. Dark chocolate is used as it is a yummy superfood with lots of antioxidants.
- 1 1/2 cups of prepared black beans (drained and rinsed)
- ½ cup of organic unsalted butter (or coconut oil for a dairy-free version)
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (ideally 60% cacao) – or use milk chocolate for an alternative
- ¼ cup unsweetened raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
- 2/3 cup organic granulated sugar (I used coconut palm sugar)
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup of raw honey or maple syrup (personal preference)
- 2 tbsp chia seed (soaked in 4 tbsp of water, I did this prior to making these brownies)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- Melted dark chocolate (experiment with the toppings.. Perhaps, melted peanut butter, icing or even jam!)
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Grease or line an 8×8″ or 9×9” tin and set aside.
- Puree the black beans in a food processor or blender, I added a little bit of water to help the blending process. Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate chips in a double boiler or carefully in the microwave. Allow to cool slightly before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and then add the sugar, honey, and the soaked chia seed mixture and combine well together.
- Put the melted coconut oil & chocolate, pureed black beans and all the other ingredients into the sugar and honey mixture and combine all together.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
- Bake approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before slicing and serving. Store in the refrigerator or an air-tight container.