When it comes to desserts, I usually approach it in one of two ways:
- Save treats for occasions that are worthwhile. Eat the "real" thing and enjoy the heck out of it. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted by a chocolate bar at the gas station when you are fueling up your car. It is unlikely that the chocolate bar is a special treat. Hold out for those "worthwhile" moments like dessert with your best friends, a slice of your grandma's homemade pie, or your favorite holiday square from the Christmas baking tray that only comes around 1x per year!
- Find alternatives. Often times you can find or make "better for you" alternatives to your favorite indulgences. These Black Bean Brownies may not be as decadent as a fudgey brownie made with sugar, butter, and flour - but they are still tasty in their own way!
“Why would I want to eat a ‘healthy’ brownie when I could be eating a deep, dark, rich, fudgy, and chocolatey brownie instead?” True! You might not want to. But, if you do want to experiment in the kitchen I highly recommend giving this recipe a go. The black beans are a gluten-free substitute for flour while adding fibre and mositure to the recipe.
I used maple syrup to sweeten the brownies. If you wanted to lower the carbohydrate content, you could experiment with a non-nutritive sweetener like Truvia. Stevia blended with a sugar alcohol called erythritol (Truvia) works well in low-carb baked desserts. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which contains no digestible carbs. Its texture and weight are similar to sugar. You will notice on the Nutrition Facts table the Truvia will list 0 calories but 2g of carbohydrate. This is mandated by Health Canada's labelling standards - but the carbohydrates in the erythritol offer very little caloric value. I've made the recipe both ways!
If you want to keep the recipe nut free - substitute 1 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil for the almond butter.
The only equipment you need is a blender or food processor - I find that a blender does a better job of pureeing the beans to a smooth texture.
If you make the recipe with Truvia the estimated Nutrition Facts per brownie are:
11g of carb (4g of fibre)
5g of fat
5g of protein