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Happy Valentine's Day Flourless Brownies with Berries

There's so much to talk about with this post I don't even know where to start. First, it's Valentine's Day so happy love day.  As I men­tioned in our newslet­ter last Thurs­day, Valentine's Day is def­i­nitely one of those hol­i­days that I grew weary of as an adult and then gained new found enthu­si­asm for as a parent. Scarlett and I have been plan­ning our spe­cial din­ner for my hus­band for a few weeks, and we've been bak­ing and craft­ing like mad.  How­ever, I have to admit, I won't miss the mass craft projects.

It's also fiber week so our tiny but incred­i­ble team has devoted them­selves to bring­ing you great recipes and infor­ma­tion about how to get a healthy dose of fiber into your family's diets. Amaz­ingly, I stum­bled across this recipe from Whole Foods that smashes together the two top­ics: Fiber and Valentine's Day. Yes, folks, meet the flour­less choco­late brownie made from black beans.

Flour­less Brown­ies with Berries

1 (15-ounce) can of no-salt-added black beans,drained and rinsed
3 eggs
1/3 cup melted but­ter, extra for bak­ing dish
1/4 cup cocoa pow­der
1/8 tea­spoon salt
2 tea­spoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 table­spoons cane sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet choco­late chips
1/3 cup of sliced straw­ber­ries and raspberries

Method

Pre­heat oven to 350. But­ter an 8-inch bak­ing pan. Set aside.

Com­bine black beans, eggs, but­ter, cocoa, vanilla, sugar and berries in bowl of food proces­sor and blend until smooth. Remove mix­ture from proces­sor and add choco­late chips. Trans­fer mix to pre­pared bak­ing dish. Bake for 25 to 30 min­utes or until cen­ter is firm. Remove and allow to cool before slic­ing. Sprin­kle with con­fec­tionary sugar.

I made this recipe with my other sweet­heart. This isn't a site about cook­ing with hus­bands, but the kid was asleep. Dan and I decided to add some fresh berries to the mix, so we sliced up some straw­ber­ries and a few rasp­ber­ries. We put 1/3 cup in. Dan said all he could smell was bak­ing beans while they were in the oven. How­ever, I swear, it smelled like bak­ing brown­ies. He's quite dra­matic when it comes healthy stuff. Accord­ing to him, if it's not brim­ming with flour, lard and sugar, it's not a baked good.

In the morn­ing, Scar­lett woke up and her keen radar for treats instantly told her some­thing sweet was in the kitchen. After a break­fast snack of blue­ber­ries and yogurt, I let Scar­lett enjoy some choco­late that morn­ing. She had a tiny square of the brownie and said "Did you use peanut but­ter in these things?" I replied, "No, why?" She said they tasted like peanut but­ter. Can't fig­ure out where that came from. I think that is a good thing because she fin­ished it by pop­ping the rest into her mouth.

By the way, Scar­let made you, our loyal read­ers, a Valen­tines. Have a won­der­ful day.

** Please note: One of the great things about writ­ing a blog is that it does recon­nect you with a lot of old friends. A friend of mine from high school (that was just last year, by the way) has been a won­der­ful sup­porter of SPC. In fact, she has given me some great sug­ges­tions on some of our recipes. Her lat­est was to add 1/3 cup peanut but­ter to this recipe. She did it and reports that the out­come was crazy deli­cious. If you have no peanut aller­gies in your fam­ily, you can thank Rachel for her bril­liant sug­ges­tion and me just because. Thanks for reading!

  

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    LOVE this recipe!!!
    Hi Laura,
    This is Ava's mom (from school). Both Ava & Anthony love these brown­ies. Even my hubby (who is a tough sell for health­ier alter­na­tives) really enjoyed them. Oh, and of course Ava enjoyed help­ing me make them. Thanks!

  2. Laura Keogh says:

    Hi Jen!!!! Thank you so much for always read­ing and road­test­ing these brown­ies. I'm super excited to hear Ava and Anthony loved this nutri­tional treat. Big kiss to them. I'm also impressed they rated with the hus­band. See you soon. Laura

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