Bean Brownies

Ewww right? I know, my first reaction too, but you're wrong. These are so yummy and so much healthier than your normal brownie.
 A few Benefits-
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Very low in sodium
  • Low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber   
               

Compare- On the left the Bean Brownie on the right the normal Hershey's brownie. Hershey's even got a slight head start as it has a smaller portion size.

Bean Brownie
Hershey's Brownie



 According to caloriecount.about.com, The Hershey's Brownie gets a D+ Nutrition Grade, where as the Bean Brownie Recipe I made gets a solid B. Here's the recipe that started my experiment.

And here we go:
2 cups of navy beans
3 tbsp macadamia nut oil
3 organic eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Xylitol
2 tbsp coffee
1/4 tsp cinnamon



 This is so easy, dump all the ingredients in a food processor and liquefy it, in a pinch you could use a blender.

It doesn't need to be perfect, I was worried about biting down on a bean but when I actually did I just thought it was a pecan before remembering I hadn't put any pecans in.







 Pour evenly into a lightly greased pan, use just a touch of macadamia nut oil.


 Then bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, you'll see the edges pull away a bit and have a pretty crackle texture over the top.

The brownies are less airy and a lot more filling than you'll be used to and the texture is different but it's positively delicious! I love them so much I've already started a second batch.



Some notes about xylitol-
  • Does not spike blood sugar
  • Poisonous to pets, like chocolate
  • Good for your teeth
  • Don't overdo it, too much acts as a laxative
Learn more about xylitol at Wikipedia.

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