Black bean & Brazil Nut Fudge Brownies

Black bean and brazil nut sugar free browniesSounds like a strange combination but bare with me…it works. I’ve been searching for a brownie recipe that is both satisfyingly naughty but guilt free and healthy too. This recipe fits the bill. It’s Feel Good Food at its best.

Instead of using sugar – dates create the sweetness, as well as providing 15 different essential minerals and B vitamins. Black beans add texture as well as complex carbohydrates and protein to make you feel fuller for longer. Brazil nuts provide selenium and essential fats which have both been proven to lift the mood. And chocolate – well that’s just for pleasure. It’s a well known fact that chocolate stimulates endorphins in the brain that make you feel fantastic! The Ultimate MOOD FOOD!

sugar free blackbean browniesHere’s the recipe –

200g of dates
1  x 400g tin of Black beans
100g cocoa powder
4 tbsp of butter melted
2 farm eggs
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
60g chopped Brazil nuts

1) Soak the dates in water for 1 hour. Strain, keeping the soaking liquid to one side. Blend the dates and add some of the liquid until they turn into a smooth thick paste (you’ll probably need about 2-4 tbsp liquid).

2) Rinse the beans thoroughly, especially if they’ve been stored in salt water. Blend the beans with the date paste.

Chocolate black bean brazil nut sugar free brownies3) Add the melted butter, eggs, baking powder and vanilla, and blend again until all smooth. Now put everything in a bowl and fold in the cocoa powder until thoroughly mixed.

4) Lightly grease a 9×9 baking tin with butter. Pour in the brownie mixture and smooth with a spatula until even. Scatter the chopped Brazil nuts on top and gently press them into the mixture.

5) Bake for 35-40 minutes on gas mark 4 or until firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool before chopping into delicious chunks! Enjoy!

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