Just like Mom used to make. Well…not exactly, but updating the time-honored tradition of baking brownies offers us a brand spanking new opportunity to add more protein to our diet in a seriously yummy way. With beans, eggs, and your favorite protein powder, this is a power packed recipe. With today’s modern appliances, mixing up some brownie batter has never been easier. Ready for easy delicious fun, then roll up your sleeves and let’s get baking.
1 can of black beans
1/2 cup butter
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
3 scoops of your favorite protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup of dates
Add beans and other ingredients to the blender. Blend to the consistency of brownie batter.
Kitchen tip: To soften up the dates, so that they blend well. Put then in a small saucepan. Add just enough water to cover the dates. Bring water to a boil. After +/- 1 minute of boiling, the skins will split and the dates will be soft. Drain the water. The dates will now blend smoothly.
Additional Ingredients: After the batter is mixed, you can fold in lots of goodies. Dark chocolate chips and shredded coconut are favorites. Or, you can add half a block of cream cheese to make marbled brownies.
Make a parchment paper sling for an 8″ x 8″ baking tin (or grease the tin with butter). Pour the batter into the tin.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes (or until a test toothpick comes out clean).
For perfectly cut brownies, after baking, put the tin in the freezer for two hours. After chilling, lift the uncut brownies out using the parchment paper and place on a cutting board or cutting sheet. Then, use a pizza wheel to cut straight lines, without any crumbling. If you notice brownie accumulating on the pizza cutter, rinse it off with hot water, then continue.
After a workout with a glass of milk is a good option. Sometimes I put a dollop of peanut butter on top too. They are easy to wrap and bring with you to work, the gym, or for after the game.
If you don’t scarf down all the brownies in one sitting, make sure you refrigerate them for proper storage. Leaving them on the counter is not a good idea, as they can get moldy. Word to the wise.
There you have it a new twist on an old favorite. With quality and convenience, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Mom’s all smiles, as you honor the past by preserving this classic tradition…and, after one taste of these delicious protein packed black bean brownies, you’re gym buddies will stop teasing you about wearing an apron.
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