Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream


Oh, Valentine's day. While I do enjoy celebrating with my husband, I think every day should be a celebration of love (cheesy, I know). With that said, I'll take any excuse to make a chocolate treat, since we don't often have sweets around the house. 

These brownies do not disappoint. The whipped cream adds a wonderful freshness and a small brownie is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, thanks to their rich, fudgy texture. Pair this dessert with a small glass of red wine and you'll steal anyones heart. 


1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Place the black beans in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.


3. Add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend well. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips. Bake for 15 minutes.



4. Meanwhile, process strawberries in a blender until almost smooth.


5. Beat the cold whipping cream in a metal bowl until it forms soft peaks. Add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired sweetness. Fold in strawberry mixture and place bowl in the fridge.


6. Allow brownies to cool. Cut into squares and top with a dollop of whipped cream and extra strawberries, if desired.


Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream 
Serves 12

All you need:
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Whipped cream
6 strawberries, hulled
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Place the black beans in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
3. Add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend well. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips. Bake for 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, process strawberries in a blender until almost smooth.
5. Beat the cold whipping cream in a metal bowl until it forms soft peaks. Add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired sweetness. Fold in strawberry mixture and place bowl in the fridge.
6. Allow brownies to cool. Cut into squares and top with a dollop of whipped cream and extra strawberries, if desired.

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