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Can brownies be healthy? Photo included!


CindyA

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Good morning everyone! As the temperatures get colder we all start to think of delicious comfort foods. Brownies are a common favorite for many of us. If you try this please let us know! I'm so excited about this healthy brownie recipe!

Recipe provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Brooke McIntyre, clinical oncology dietitian and Diabetes Program Coordinator at our hospital in Tulsa

Gluten-free Black Bean Brownies

1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)

2 tbsp cocoa powder -- Dutch or regular (add a little extra if desired)

1/2 cup gluten free quick oats

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave

2 NuNaturals stevia packs or 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Optional: more chips, for presentation

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, and then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.

Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. Makes 9-12 brownies.

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