How to Make Healthy Brownies With Black Beans
Calling all chocoholics! Get ready to make the healthiest brownie you can actually feel good about eating. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan, made with a particular superstar fiber-packed ingredient — black beans. Now before you get dismissive, hear me out. Black beans are a great substitution for flour in gluten-free baking, and they work great in brownies because our beloved cocoa powder masks any trace of the black bean flavor. This is a great alternative to mix things up between all the decadent sweets that we consume around this time of year. They are even a great pre-workout snack with some almond butter or late at night with some ice cream :)
— 1 can black beans (I bought the kind with no salt added)
— 1/2 cup oats
— 1/2 cup agave nectar
— 1/2 cup cocoa powder
— 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
— 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
— 1/4 teaspoon salt
— 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain black beans well and put in blender or food processor. It’s important to blend the black beans into a smooth consistency.
2. Transfer black beans to a mixing bowl and mash them up some more.
3. Place black beans back in the blender or food processor along with the rest of the ingredients except the vanilla. Blend well.
4. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the vanilla.
5. Fill your mini cupcake tins and bake for 10-12 minutes.
6. Let cool and inhale!
Place your black beans in a blender and mix until smooth.
Pour the black beans into mixing bowl and mash with the back side of spoon until they are even smoother.
This step is crucial to eliminating any black bean taste!
Put your black beans back into the blender and add the remaining ingredients. Your batter will be a nice thick consistency. Scrape the batter into a mixing bowl and stir in the vanilla extract.
Add spoonfuls of batter into a lined mini cupcake tin. I’ve omitted the liners before and used coconut oil cooking spray with great success.
Bake these puppies for 10-12 minutes.
Hard to believe these decadent brownies are nutritious, right? But they are.
*Drooling* over this fudgey goodness!
What’s your favorite healthy spin on a classic dessert? Let us know in the comments below!
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B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
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Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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