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!

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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 ❤

Ingredients:

  • 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!

Steps:

(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
  4. EAT ENTIRE BOWL OF BROWNIE BATTER
  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!

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No Bake Carob Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

Like soft, sweet, mushy, crunchy, oatmeal raisin cookies??!?

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Me too.  :)… more like cookie dough balls… even better.

These are the easiest, healthiest, fastest raw cookie dough deliciousnesses!!

These oatmeal cookies are an incredible source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, simple and complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and are gluten free, salt free, dairy free, carcinogen free, and after you savor one for a little dessert, you will feel like flying ❤ .

Essential fatty acids??  Our body needs omega-3 and omega-6 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) and walnuts, flax seeds, and hemp seeds, contain an abundance of 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, inflammation, and decline in cognitive function. Most Americans don’t consume enough omega-3s.  Heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts, flax seeds, and hemp seeds, have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function and play a very important role in reducing inflammation (I think lots of chronic diseases America has a problem with are caused by inflammation).  Algae, like spirulina, algae oil, and leafy green vegetables also contain omega-3s.  In my Lifecycle Nutrition course here at Purdue, we learned that when we are pregnant, we should eat a lot of walnuts- not only do they look like a brain, but babies whose mommies consumed healthy omega-3 fatty acids had children with higher cognitive function!

Ingredients

I used: (approximately, I didn’t measure- literally threw together 20 minutes before teaching Zumba)

Need: any round container (like a bowl) and a fork or spoon

  • 2 cups rolled oats (quick oatmeal oats might have soaked it up better?)
  • 1/3 cup carob powder (tastes like chocolate! with no stimulating theobromine or caffeine)
  • 1/4 cup golden flax meal
  • 2 Tbs almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 coconut date rolls
  • hemp seeds
  1. Mash bananas and date rolls into almond milk until pretty smooth.
  2. Sprinkle in the flax meal, carob, and rolled oats and mix well
  3. Fold in walnuts and raisins
  4. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and roll in hemp seeds
  5. refrigerate or maybe freeze, if you would like to bake these go for it- Really nice little chewy oatmeal bites though…  the oats soak up the banana mix and the raisins get superrr squishyyy.  Nom nom!