Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies
My first attempt at black bean brownies was such a success, that I decided to try out different flavor combinations. I am obsessed with nut butter, so it was only natural to do a chocolate and peanut butter combination for these protein brownies. I basically took my original chocolate fudge black bean brownies recipe and just tweaked it. I know the idea of adding beans to a dessert seemed very strange and possibly disgusting to some people, but I promise you that you will be missing out on a delicious dessert if you do not try these! Not only do these chocolate peanut butter protein brownies taste delicious, but you can not taste the beans in the slightest and they are a low glycemic/low sugar/high protein dessert. The prep time is under 5 minutes and the recipe is fool-proof!
15 oz can of black beans reduced soduum if possible
3/4 cup Stevia in the raw powder
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter or any other nut butter
2 large egg whites
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
2-3 tbsp Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips optional
3 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gather all ingredients, a baking pan, a blender/food processor, and a large spoon.
Drain the water from the black beans and rinse well with water. Add all ingredients, except the chocolate chips and 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, into the food processor and blend together for at least 1 minute. Make sure you scrape the sides of the processor and blend until all ingredients are very smooth.
Spray a pan with pam cooking spray (I used 13 x 9, but use 8 x 8 for thick brownies) and pour the brownie batter into the baking pan. If you want to add a little more chocolate to the brownies, sprinkle 2-3 tbsp of dark or milk-chocolate chips over the batter. Put remaining 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter into a small ziploc baggie and trim off the corner with scissors. Squeeze out peanut butter and drizzle over the peanut butter chocolate protein brownie batter. Use a knife to drag the peanut butter across the batter (this is optional of course).
Place the peanut butter chocolate protein brownie batter into the oven and cook on 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Check the center of the brownies with a toothpick. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. The brownies are very creamy, so they need time to cool before you can cut and handle them. ENJOY!!!!