Black Bean Zucchini Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

I got so excited when I decided to make this recipe I completelyyyy forgot to take pictures until the batter was mixed! I am so sorry! I promise you didn’t miss much. The exciting part is that this insane list of recipes come to together to look AND taste like brownie batter! And it’s completely vegan so eat away! Hey, screw the baking step if you want and just put it straight in the fridge and use it to dip apples or strawberries or oranges or whatever fruit you like!

My boyfriend and I were literally sitting on the couch after dinner and both looked at each other and laughed. We know the look of “Holy crap I need something sweet and NOW!” He said his mouth was watering for brownies and ice cream or something equally sinful! Naturally I thought that sounded divine! My light bulb went off and I grabbed my computer to find the 20+ flourless brownie recipes I had pinned over the last several weeks that I had been wanting to try making them! I would tell you which recipes I referenced, but there were soooo many I looked at and they each were totally different and my recipe is unlike ANY of them that it would be pointless because naturally I think mine is best 😉

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

I knew I wanted them to have black beans because… well… that’s what all the cool kids are doing! I also knew I wanted them to have as little sugar as possible and preferably have them be vegan. Most of the recipes I could find called for coffee, or cayenne, or balsamic vinegar?! Yikes! I am up for just about any flavor combo but I wanted to keep it simple. I know baking can be super finicky with amounts of each ingredient, especially when going gluten free, but to be perfectly honest: I didn’t care if these didn’t rise! And I didn’t care if they were dense and fudgey. And I didn’t care if I had to chill them to get them to set completely. Chocolate is chocolate and in my opinion, as long as they tasted like heaven and were freakishly good for me at the same time…. I was sold!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

So the adventure started. I pulled my black beans and cocoa powder out. Those were literally the only things that I knew for sure that I wanted in them. The rest was based on what I had in the house/my desire to make them vegan and low fat! I have sen a bunch of recipes for zucchini chocolate banana bread so I decided to add zucchini into the mix. If you brownies have two veggies in them they can be eaten for breakfast right? ok ok how about lunch?!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

The rest of the ingredients were substitutions and necessities for baking. I used unsweetened natural applesauce for the eggs AND the oil (like I said, I wasn’t worried about them not rising and being dense and fudgey). I used extra baking powder because I read that you can use applesauce as an egg sub if you add extra baking powder. I had flax and chia on hand but was nervous about them giving a flavor to the brownies and to be honest I REALLY wanted to just taste the chocolate. In my experience, applesauce has pretty much no flavor when used in baking. Lastly, I added a mix of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend and Domino Light Brown Sugar as well as, of course, vanilla extract.

 Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

I also swirled in my favorite creamy peanut butter, Crazy Richard’s 100% All Natural, as a surprise for my boyfriend. If you are new to my blog then you missed the stories about his favorite food “groups”… Parmesan cheese, hot sauce and peanut butter haha not all together but he loves them all and puts them on anything he can! You could also add chocolate chunks or chopped nuts or shredded coconut or anything your heart desires!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

The only important thing about this recipe is getting all of the ingredients completely mixed together! There are only three steps in the whole process.

  1. Shred the zucchini and squeeze out the extra liquid (I used my food processor. It is going to be going back in there anyways so that works just fine).
  2. Mix zucchini, beans, applesauce, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder and vanilla together in a bowl and add to food processor; mix on high until smooth and creamy like brownie batter (It’s totally fine if there are chunks, but of course they will be in the brownies. Up to you).
  3. Bake (below is a pic of it half way through the baking)!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

If you count cooling and waiting to taste them for at least five minutes, so you don’t burn your fingers, then I guess there are four step 😉

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 15 brownies

Serving Size: 1 brownie

Calories per serving: 61, Fiber 2.8 grams

Fat per serving: 1.4; Protein 2.8 grams

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

These will be very soft in the center still but the edges should be sturdy. These are 100% edible totally raw so don't worry if they aren't completely done. They are also pretty hard to burn so cooking a little too long shouldn't hurt either.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 brownie pan (or a 9 x 11 if you're like me and don't own a square one!) with cooking spray and set a side.
  3. In a food processor or blender add all the ingredients, except the peanut butter. You can do this in two batches if you cant fit it all, but make sure that both are equally mixed and smooth!
  4. Heat your peanut butter in a small microwave safe dish until it is warm and a little drippy but not boiling.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and gently swirl the peanut butter in on top... feel free to add chocolate chips (these one are Vegan!, nuts or more peanut butter if you want!
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, insert a toothpick, if it comes out cleanish, brownies are done (the center will probably never allow for a totally clean toothpick. The edges might).
  7. Leave in pan to cool before cutting. If you can wait... SEE NOTES!!

Notes

These will be very soft in the center still but the edges should be sturdy. These are 100% edible totally raw so don't worry if they aren't completely done. They are also pretty hard to burn so cooking a little too long shouldn't hurt either.

I suggest chilling them completely in the fridge before cutting. Other wise you might end up having to eat them with a spoon! I could think of worse things that eating healthy brownie batter with a spoon! 😉

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/05/03/black-bean-zucchini-brownies-vegan-gluten-free/

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Reader Response:

  • What are the craziest things you have added to healthy treats?
  • Do you tell your friends and family when you sneak fruits & vegetables into their snacks?
  • Do you like the denseness of these? I am thinking of making them again with coconut flour! What do you think?

World’s Healthiest Ice Cream

Worlds Healthiest Ice Cream

Oh. My. Goodness! My mouth is so happy right now! I should be in bed for my early morning Bikram class, but naturally I needed dessert and decided to try out the one ingredient ice cream you have probably been seeing all over the internet. Like I mentioned in my post about Chocolate Banana Muffins, I pretty much always have sliced bananas in my freezer for smoothies and snacking, so I was in the clear for the first step of the recipe.

World's Healthiest Banana Ice Cream

Not only does this recipe only require one ingredient, it is also the easiest recipe ever! If you follow my lead with frozen bananas you can literally whip this up any time of day in about 5 minutes! It takes me longer than that to brush my hair and teeth in the morning! Heck! You could make this for breakfast whileeee you are brushing your hair and teeth!! Told you I find acceptable ways to incorporate ice cream into my diet at all times! 😉

World's Healthiest Ice Cream

I won’t make you wait to much longer before getting to this amazingness below but I want to make sure you check out the notes section for ideas about add ins. I am pointing this out BEFORE you start the process because as you will see momentarily, the ice cream begins to melt very quickly. Once it is finished you definitely want to gobble it up or put it in some tupperware for later… right away (there is no way to make that sentence sound right).

World's Healthiest Ice Cream

I also want to mention that this entire recipe for one only has 105 calories, trace amounts of fat, 3.1 grams of fiber, 1.3 grams of protein and 422 milligrams potassium! You could even add peanut butter and enjoy this after your hot, sweaty workout for the perfect protein boost!

Banana Ice Cream with Strawberries

Mmmmm I might have to do that tomorrow after class! 105 degrees in the hot room… 105 calories in a banana…. coincidence?? I think not! I added strawberries to mine, but I may or may not have eaten half before the second half of the pictures were taken… SORRY!! You can see how fast is started to melt in my attempts to get the perfect pictures! 

World's Healthiest Ice Cream: for one!

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 small bowl of heaven

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 105

Fat per serving: .4

World's Healthiest Ice Cream: for one!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • Need:
  • Food Processor or Blender
  • I have an even older version of this little guy and he did the trick so don't be discouraged if you have a not so amazing piece of equipment

Instructions

  1. Chop banana into 1/4 - 1/2 inch chunks.
  2. Lay on a plate or baking pan.
  3. Place in freezer for minimum 3 hours... the results better if you can wait over night though.
  4. Once frozen, remove tray from freezer and place all banana chunks in a food processor. (don't try to skip the cutting up of the banana stage... trust me on this... your food processor will not be happy!)
  5. Now for the easiest and the hardest step: BLEND! I suggest doing this on high and scrapping it down every 30 seconds or so. Depending on your food processor this will take any where for two - six minutes, give or take a minute or two.
  6. Don't give up when it looks like you are getting no where. I promise that the stage of chopped up banana to ice cream happens quickly! *If you absolutely have to you can add a splash of almond or coconut milk but it really is not necessary if you keep scraping the walls of the bowl down.
  7. Within a few minutes you will have the creamiest, healthiest ice cream you have ever tasted!
  8. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy! (or check out the notes section for more ideas!)
  9. OR place in a Tupperware container and save it in the freezer for later. Depending on how long you refreeze it, you may want to let it thaw for a few minutes before enjoying again but this certainly is not necessary... or easy to do!
  10. Check the Notes Section!

Notes

This recipe can easily be modified to make large batches (although you will probably want to make multiple small batches with more bananas instead of one large batch so your food processor doesn't freak out).

Want even more banana ice cream fun?? ADD IN IDEAS -peanut butter -cocoa powder -jam -berries (fresh or frozen) -chocolate chips -vanilla extract -cinnamon *or anything else your heart desires!

Mix it up! Play with this recipe plain or make it your own with a bunch of add ins and toppings!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/09/worlds-healthiest-ice-cream/
  Required because you will love me after you make this: Leave me a comment letting me now what you thought AND what fun mix in you decided to try! Maybe you even come up with a fun name for your culinary concoction!

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