Healthy Chocolate Brownies, Picky Kid Approved

I am always on the lookout for a great after school snack that is easy and full of nutrition.  I have a picky eater who sneaks food (carbs), so a well balanced Brownie masked in chocolate and full of goodness was worth a try.  Success folks.   @easygourmetliving on IG had the answer.  She has great posts with fabulous recipes and to die for pics.  

Anywho, back to the brownies - A huge hit!  Picky eater got his veggie, protein, healthy fat, fiber, and antioxidants without even knowing.  Furthermore, it is mandatory in our house to eat a fruit before any snack, so banana + brownies = drop the mike on after-school nutrition.  Boom!

Ingredients:

Mix the following in a Bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of unbleached or whole wheat (WF) baking flour - WF = extra fiber

  • OR gluten free flour 1:1 ratio

  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt - antioxidants

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder,

  • 1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder, - raw cocoa has potent antioxidants 

  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips - clean ingredients please

Put the following in a blender

  • 3/4 cup of water,

  • 1 cup of pitted dates - fiber, low glycemic index sweetener

  • one 15 oz can of drained black beans - protein, fiber

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 TBS olive oil - healthy fat

 

Instructions:

  1. preheat the oven at 375 degrees
  2. purée the black beans, dates, water, vanilla, and oil together until you see that the consistency is like chocolate pudding
  3. in a large bowl, pour in the puréed mixture with the rest of ingredients
  4. mix everything well
  5. lined a 8" x 8" baking pan
  6. bake it for 25 mins
  7. it's ok if you see some cracking on the top
  8. remove the tray from oven
  9. let it cool down for an hour before cutting and ultimately tasting.

Hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we did.  Thank you Jennifer Huang @easygourmetliving

Bon Apetite, Ana-Maria Temple, MD