Deadly Decadent Slimming Black Bean Brownies

I know, Black Bean Brownies?! EW Right?! I was honestly really nervous about these but they ended up being WAY BETTER than ANY BROWNIE EVER!


I just had an incredible gluten free vegan dinner date with three of the sweetest dietetics students!  They LOVED these brownies that Chef AJ inspired me to make.  Want delicious food that you can eat eat eat and still be slim and feel amazing after? Well Chef AJ and Registered Dietitian Julieanna Hever have got the recipes you need! These are so decadent and moist.  I recommend serving with cold banana nice cream.  Fresh brownies out the oven, fresh frozen bananas on top. OOoo baby you gotta try this!!

blackbeanbrownies These brownies are REAL FOOD! None of this refined flours, sugars or oils making you go crazy.  These are virtually fat free with a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids from the flax.  I love the stable blood sugar keeping me fueled with carbs that are mixed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Black beans- great source of protein and iron. Oatmeal is basically the cholesterol sucker.  Dates- the potassium and fiber filled candy.  And antioxidant rich cocoa?!  Heck- I’ll eat the whole &^%^& pan!!!

Unprocessed Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate Soft Serve– gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, flour free, almost fat-free, nutrient dense ❤


  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
  • 2 Tbs flax ground
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • optional: 1/3 cup vegan gluten free chocolate or carob chips, or chopped nuts!


(I just threw all of the ingredients into my friends Ninja food processor, but I’m sure doing it this way would work well to ensure smoothness)

  1. Grind oatmeal in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add dates and black beans until smooth, adding in water or non-dairy milk if necessary to create a smooth, well blended consistency
  3. Add in the ground oats and the rest of the ingredients except optional topping and blend until smooth
  5. ..just kidding..well, you could! Haha for brownies though: Spread brownie batter into a parchment paper lined, or sprayed with cooking spray, brownie pan and sprinkle chocolate chips or nuts on top.  Nuts would have also been really good folded throughout the batter for a nice crunch
  6. Bake at 350 F until desired ooeyness ❤
  7. Serve with Monica’s Chocolate Banana Soft Serve:
    • 1-2 frozen bananas
    • 2-3 Tbs unsweetened almond milk
    • 2-3 Tbs cocoa powder
    • optional 1 Tbs flax or walnuts or more chocolate chips!
    • Blend in food processor or Vitamix until smooth!



Sweet Caramel Milkshake<3 Aka: Dateorade

You already know you need carbs for workout fuel. #1 Energy Source!…


…You know what else benefits from sweet sugary glucose goodness???


Your BRAIN!! Glucose fuels the brain.  Clarity and focus.  Present thinkers and speakers. Whole, complete thoughts, decisions, and actions.  Exams, reports, homework?? Live big, Carb UP!


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 20 + dates
  • water (preferably coconut water 😉 )


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3 Ingredient Superfood Brownies!

If you like fresh, moist, luxurious, chocolatey brownies; there’s no way you won’t like these.


These are so fudgey and satisfying!  The raw version of the gourmet Ghiradelli, pleasing everyones pleasure seeking palate!

  • Food Processor and Square Brownie Pan
  • 1lb raw walnuts
  • 1lb medjool dates (soaked for a minimum of 20 minutes)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • Save sweet date soaking water to add for moistness!
  1. Process walnuts in food processor until fine
  2. Add in dates (pitted and soaked) and cacao powder and process until smooth
  3. Slowly add sweet water as the food processor is running to ensure perfect texture
  4. With wet fingers to easily smooth without stick, press brownie batter into pan
  5. Sprinkle with cacao powder (or coconut or chopped nuts!)
  6. Eat whenever! Store in the refrigerator!

Would be delicious with added in walnut chunks, raisins, coconut, any chopped nut or dried fruit would be divine!  Check out this Black Forest Cherry Brownie variation!!

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Love or hate Valentine’s Day, everyone loves brownies. Yes, even the vegan and the gluten intolerant. And the elite athlete. That’s why I have created the most decadent, moist, ooey-gooey treat that is surprisingly healthy.  Yup – registered dietitian, student approved! Here are the ingredients you need.

Cacao powder

Not to be confused with conventional over-processed cocoa, cacao is milled at a low temperature to protect the nutrients and flavor. It is a top source of antioxidants and contains an abundance of magnesium, iron, polyphenols, flavonols, antioxidants, theobromine (a stimulating alkaloid chemical) and omega fatty acids.   Cacao also naturally contains caffeine that acts as a stimulant that could keep you up at night or help energize your workout. Caffeine and theobromine can be beneficial. Caffeine has been shown to have neuroprotective effects, reducing risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  Theobromine has been shown to dilate (widen) blood vessels, which can help lower blood pressure and widen bronchial tubes, making breathing easier and suppressing a bad cough. These stimulants may cause adverse effects such as sleeplessness, jitters or anxiety. Did you know theobromine is the reason why chocolate is poisonous to dogs? Some people get headaches from chocolate, likely caused by the theobromine and caffeine. A great alternative to cacao, that doesn’t have the stimulating effects, is carob powder. Carob is naturally sweeter and lower in fat than cocoa, with fiber and calcium.


Looks like a brain, must be brain food. Walnuts have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function.  They are high in protein, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids (the ones to increase! #fishoil) and other trace minerals. Compared with other nuts, walnuts are unique because they contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are the only nut with a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid. Walnuts are cholesterol free with plenty of folate, thiamin, vitamin E, vitamin B7 (biotin helps strengthen hair) and vitamin B6, as well as minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

Essential fatty acids? Our body needs omega-3 and omega-6 oils to function and we can’t make them on our own. They have to be obtained from our diet. Our body needs two critical omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid, called EPA, and docosahexaenoic or DHA. Walnuts contains a precursor omega-3, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts to EPA and DHA. Low omega-3 intake has been linked to depression and decline in cognitive function. Leafy greens, spirulina (algae), hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds are also sources of omega-3 fatty acids!


Dates are sodium free, fat-free, cholesterol free and a great source of fiber and natural energy! They have easily digestible simple carbohydrates that are the perfect pre and post workout fuel. Dried fruit, like dates, are recommended post workout to replenish glycogen stores. With both insoluble and soluble fiber, dates are great to keep you feeling full, help lower cholesterol and make your bowel movements regular. They are an excellent source of potassium as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and copper.  Most supermarkets stock fresh dates in the produce section and keep dried dates near raisins.  If dates dry out, they can be plumped by soaking in a little warm water.

Enjoy! Store in the refrigerator for about a week.

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