“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away and you have their shoes.”   – Jack Handey

I like to start each day with an intention or inspirational quote…  this one will have to do for today…

so last year I was all about the chickpea brownies…  this year it is all about the black bean brownie…  and my taste testers are approving…

with two teenage boys and myself not eating meat, the pursuit of protein is always at the forefront…  I sometimes lie and say a dish I made has copious amounts of protein in it just to watch the boys gobble it up…

but this is no joke…  protein… fibre…  oh ya – sugar and fat as well…  it is a brownie… eat one at a time, not all on the same day…

I had do use my trusty Vitamix for this recipe because I do not own a food processor…  I believe it might be easier to do this in a food processor…  but I put my Vitamix on around a 5 speed and used the plunger thingy and kept pushing the sides down until I had this gooey mixture…

for this recipe I used Casein protein powder… the Peanut Butter/Chocolate flavour… a side note – this is often my bedtime snack… I mix in a bowl one scoop (34 g) of this powder with some water to form a pudding, drop a few pistachios and raspberries on it and put it in the freezer for about 1/2 hour…  it is one of the tastiest ‘ice cream’ treats…  

here is another free tip – when you have that gooey mixture left in the bottom of your Vitamix, add some very hot tap water and put the lid back on and pulse the Vitamix to ‘loosen’ the bottom sticky mixture… that way when you go to clean it, it takes no time at all… perhaps this is a trick all Vitamix owners use and now I look stupid for handing it out for free…

combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, mix and then fold in the chocolate chips…

spray a 9×9″ baking pan with cooking spray and pour the mixture in…  heat up 2 tbsp of peanut butter in the microwave and place in ‘dollops’ on top…  with a knife, spread the peanut butter so it looks pretty!

my oven took around 18-20 minutes to bake these till the middle was done…  but you don’t want to over bake it as the sides would get rock hard…

cool and slice into 16 brownies… or smaller brownies, they are very filling… they freeze well… I would know because I ate one out of the freezer last night and I might have enjoyed it even more slightly frozen!

black bean protein brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 (19 oz) can black beans (if you have 15 oz can, just use that), strained and rinsed
  • 2 scoops (34 g scoop) of Casein protein powder (or whatever protein powder you have kicking around) 
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

Directions:

  • combine black beans, protein powder, oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla in a vitamix or food processor and combine until no chunks
  • in a separate mixing bowl, combine cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • add eggs
  • using a spatula, add the thick bean mixture to the cocoa powder and eggs
  • mix until combined
  • fold in chocolate chips
  • in a sprayed or greased 9×9 baking pan, pour the brownie batter
  • melt 2 tbsp of peanut butter in the microwave and pour in a few dollops on the brownie batter
  • using a knife, cut through the peanut butter dollops to make a pretty pattern
  • bake for 15-20 minutes, until the middle is slightly firm but the sides are not overdone
  • let cool and cut into 16 brownies
  • these freeze well