Coconut Black Bean Brownies, flourless gluten-free brownies that are only 140 calories each and taste delicious!!

These flourless coconut black bean brownies are only 140 calories each, and are packed with protein!

When it comes to embracing food fads, I am definitely slow.

I see veggie noodles, or mason jar salads, or one pot pastas, and think “what a gimmick!”  But eventually curiosity gets the best of me, I cave and try them, and my mind changes completely about them.  There is pretty much always a reason for their popularity 😉

And here I am…yet again…proving to myself that yet another food fad, black bean brownies, absolutely live up to the hype!

Coconut Black Bean Brownies, flourless gluten-free brownies that are only 140 calories each and taste delicious!!

Coconut Black Bean Brownies, flourless gluten-free brownies that are only 140 calories each and taste delicious!!

After seeing black bean brownies all around the internet, I finally decided to see what’s up.

And what’s up is a brownie.  That doesn’t taste at all like black beans.  Has only 140 calories.  And packs some protein so you’re not hungry 2 minutes later.

Well, that’s my version of the black bean brownies at least!  I tried a few versions, one with no refined sugar (I could totally taste the beans in those ones).

Then I tried this one from AllRecipes, and it pretty much rocked.  I ended up increasing the cocoa powder and vanilla extract a touch, and added coconut to mine.  And I made mine in muffin pans so that you have little brownie muffins that freeze really well.

Coconut Black Bean Brownies, flourless gluten-free brownies that are only 140 calories each and taste delicious!!

Coconut Black Bean Brownies, flourless gluten-free brownies that are only 140 calories each and taste delicious!!

Coconut Black Bean Brownies, flourless gluten-free brownies that are only 140 calories each and taste delicious!!

While the brownies bake up, the coconut on top gets nice and toasty, making your house smell amazing!

You can eat these coconut black bean brownies warm, but I like to let them cool down a bit because they come out of the muffin papers the best that way.  By the way:  I tried baking these in silicone and parchment liners, and surprisingly, they worked much better in the parchment muffin liners.

So I guess I can check another fad off of my list.  What should I try next?  According to Bon Appetit, chlorophyll is trendy for 2016?  Ummmm….NO.  Thanks.

What’s your favorite food trend?

Black Bean Coconut Brownies (Gluten-Free)
 
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These flourless brownies contain black beans, but you'd never realize it! They are fudgy and sweet and topped with toasted coconut.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tray with parchment muffin papers.
  2. In the base of a 7-cup food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the black beans, sugar, vanilla, ½ cup of coconut, eggs and espresso powder.
  3. Blend until creamy and smooth (as pictured above).
  4. Transfer to a large glass measuring cup (the spout makes it easier to pour into the muffin papers.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour or spoon the batter, dividing it amongst 16 muffins.
  7. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining coconut.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until muffins are cooked through.
  9. Allow to cool before removing the muffin papers.
Notes
Nutritional Information (1 muffin)
Calories 142 // Fat 7 g // Saturated Fat 3 g // Cholesterol 35 mg // Sodium 15 mg // Carbohydrate 19 g // Fiber 2 g // Sugars 13 g // Protein 4 g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 brownie Calories: 142 Fat: 7 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Sugar: 13 g Sodium: 15 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 35 mg

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes

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