True Love Brownies

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


2 cups (or 1 15-oz can) of black beans, rinsed (to remove any added salt) and pureed
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate or 3-4 Tbs natural cacao powder
1/2 cup stevia or agave nectar
4 tablespoons eggs (or to replace eggs, for each egg, use one
3 tablespoons instant grain coffee substitute (such as Inka, Roma, Peru, or Teechino)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
cup ground flax seeds (only if you used eggs)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8-inch baking pan.
Melt the chocolate and butter or oil together in a small saucepan.
In a food processor, puree beans and vanilla until smooth.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs (or the flax meal and water), stevia or agave nectar.
Beat in the pureed beans, coffee substitute, cinnamon and ground flax seeds.
Add chocolate mixture and beat well.
Pour into prepared baking pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until set. If you press your finger into the middle, it should make a little dent. Do not over bake.
Let cool. Cut into small squares and enjoy one at a time.




Last year around Valentine’s Day, I was working as a nutrition coach for the Vermont Biggest Loser competition, and I wanted to offer my hard-working team a delicious treat. Something they had diligently been avoiding, such a brownies. We had turned their diets around in order to support their blood sugar levels. The team was doing a great job sticking to low glycemic meals which were helping them feel satisfied longer, have fewer cravings, enjoy even energy levels and lose weight! Staying within those guidelines, I made them a batch of low-glycemic brownies for a great-tasting, high-protein, high-fiber treat.

How to turn moist chocolatey brownies into something healthy? Well, you need a few unusual ingredients. I thought if included them in the name of the recipe, it might turn people away, so I renamed it “true love” since I think a great way to show love is to offer healthy foods.




Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 10:58am


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