Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies


Fill in the blank… Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you — WRONG!  If you’re afraid to eat beans because of gas, I’ve got some news for you.  The main reason most people get gassy after chowing down on some homemade chickpea burgers or red beans and rice is the water the beans are soaked in — that excess liquid that surrounds the beans inside their tin can.  Washing your beans gets rid of all of the gas-producing nasties, which are starches and phytates (phytates is a scary word, I know, but never fear — it is a naturally occurring compound in plant foods).

So if you rinse (and repeat) your beans, you’re likely to experience little to none, er, is there a lady-like way to put this? Unfortunately, there is not, so I’ll just say it: farts. You won’t bring the house down with your flatulence.  Okay?  Let’s move on from this topic.  All this talk of bodily smells is grossing me out.

Have you heard of black bean brownies?  It’s not a new concept in the health world, but this specific recipe is a game changer.  It combines smooth, creamy peanut butter with rich dark cocoa and sweet vanilla extract. But the best part?  These brownies are packed with protein and fiber from the beans.  And I can hear your skepticism — no, you cannot taste the beans.  They are a tasteless addition to these brownies that add a deep brown flavor and a thick, soft texture.  The peanut butter and chocolate are truly the stars of the show — the beans just add a healthy punch.

Note: If you have a peanut allergy, feel free to sub the peanut butter for almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter, etc…

Here is the recipe:

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup brown sugar (can substitute agave, coconut sugar, or baking stevia)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 TBSP ground flax + 1/3 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350F.
Mix your “flax egg” in a bowl, combining your ground flax with water while you prepare the other ingredients.
Add all other ingredients to a food processor, then add your flax egg.  Process until smooth and combined.
Spread into an 8X8 pan.  For extra decadence and a pretty touch, swirl in some peanut butter.
Bake for 30ish minutes, let cool, and store in fridge or freezer.

Enjoy this recipe!  Tag me at @energitreats on Facebook or Instagram if you re-create it.  I’d love to see your posts.

Gigi Nally

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