Some foods you would never imagine together and yet they actually are pretty amazing when you combine them. Take beans and chocolate, for instance. First reaction? Ewwww. But then you grab one of these brownies that are made with white beans and you know that you wouldn’t want it any other way. These Double Chocolate White Bean Brownies are what I consider the encore to my recent Loaded Chickpea Blondies and I am now uncertain which is more amazing. I guess it just really depends on my mood.
I don’t know why I was hesitant for so long on creating sweet recipes and baked goods with beans. I made a chocolate hummus several months ago and I assume that is what started the shift. But how cool that you can have a big fudgy brownie that is also packed with fiber and protein?
When you are eating these though, please don’t ever call them “guilt free.” That is not what this is meant to be. These brownies are still meant to be a treat, they just happen to be more nutritiously dense than your typical brownie. No, we don’t do that food and guilt thing around here. And honestly, if you find yourself really wanting the real deal, then most likely the real deal is what you need. Or you may blow through an entire batch of these and still not be satisfied. But the added perks of this treat are real and so embrace them if you are looking for a tasty treat with benefits!
- 1 can white beans (precooked, rinsed. northern or cannellini will work)
- 1/3 c cacao powder
- 1/2 c dark chocolate chips, divided
- 3 T almond butter, or desired nut or seed butter
- 1/4 c pure maple syrup of honey (more for desired sweetness)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine all ingredients except 2 T chocolate chips in a food processor.
- Process until smooth.
- Pour batter into a parchment lined bread pan spread evenly.
- Add remaining chocolate chips spreading over the top and gently pressing.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before digging in!