Frosted Black Bean Brownies (Low-sugar, Grain-free)

More delicious baked goodies! And just in case you've never tried black bean brownies, not to worry! In a good recipe, you can't taste the beans. All you taste is rich, chocolatey goodness. And these are so kind to the bod, I have no problem eating them for breakfast. Lots of protein, satisfying fats, and complex carbs to begin the day.

And just look at them! What's not to love?

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First up, a few things to know:

1. My idea of "sweet enough" has changed over the last couple months. I'm not sure what you're preferences are, but if you lean toward the sweeter end of the goodies spectrum (my favorite spectrum of all), then I would try three or four tablespoons of honey in the brownies. A good way of gauging this is by combining all the ingredients, except the eggs, and add honey, little by little, until it's sweet enough.

2. Powdered peanut butter is awwwwesome. A low-calorie, low-fat way of adding peanut butter flavor to a recipe. I love the stuff. However, please take note that it contains very little refined sugar. In my opinion, the amount is negligible and I haven't noticed the effect in my body after I eat it, so I don't sweat it. But, considering I don't ever add refined sugar to any of my TPN recipes, I thought I should give you a heads-up.

3. I love these - they're dense, rich, and chocolatey and I have no complaints. But they're not the moistest, so I've added a suggested extra egg yolk to the recipe below to help with that. 

Okay, let's get going!

What you'll need:

Brownies

1 can rinsed black beans

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons honey 

1/4 cup powdered peanut butter

3 eggs + 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch salt

Frosting

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter

2 tablespoons cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons raw honey OR 1 tablespoon yacon syrup

pinch salt

Yeilds 10 brownies

Start by preheating the oven to 350F. And use a high-powered blender or food processor to combine all your brownie ingredients. Process until nice and smooth.

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Oil a 6x10 baking dish (I use spray coconut oil), and pour and smooth your batter. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick emerges cleanly from the center.

* My oven tends to "bake hot" so your bake times may vary.

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While it's baking, mix up the ingredients for the frosting and set aside.

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When the brownies are baked up, allow to cool and pour the frosting on. Refrigerate until the frosting has set, and you're done!

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Then slice'm up and eat'm up! And feel great :). 

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