Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Healthier Fudge Brownies

MAKES 16 BROWNIES / PREP: 10 MINUTES / COOK: 30 MINUTES / TOTAL: 40 MINUTES

These brownies have a secret ingredient, one that anyone who tastes them (other than you, their baker) will never, ever guess. That ingredient is beans—yes, black beans. While the beans don’t affect the brownie flavor at all, they help create an irresistible fudgy texture. I’m not lying when I say they’re tastier than the box version, plus being lower in sugar and fat. Bring these treats to your next potluck, party, or birthday celebration as a treat you can safely enjoy.

Nonstick cooking spray

1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 eggs

3 tablespoons canola oil

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

⅓ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)

½ cup dark chocolate chips

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-by-8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

2 In a blender, blend to combine the black beans, eggs, canola oil, cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar, and coffee (if using) until smooth and lump free.

3 Pour the mixture into the baking dish, and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

4 Bake until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

5 Cut into 16 brownies and serve.

Per Serving (1 brownie): Calories: 124 Total fat: 6g Sodium: 18mg Total carbs: 16g Sugar: 7g Fiber: 5g Protein: 4g

Post-Op Servings

image 1 brownie