Less Slutty Brownies
Looking for a way to class up Valentines day? Let’s make it less slutty.
So do you know Nora? A little bit ago she guest posted for me and made double chocolate black bean brownies. People love their black bean brownies because that recipe has become one of my most popular posts. I hadn’t gotten around to making the brownies…until last weekend. They were good.
If you’re serving these to people who aren’t used to healthy desserts, I’d add a couple tablespoons sugar. I also found that I liked the brownies best after they sat in the fridge overnight. When eaten cold they were just like fudge. So perfect.
So somewhere along the way I had this idea to make a healthier version of the slutty brownie. I think these are best eaten for an afternoon snack. If you wanna serve these as a dessert, I’d add 2-4 tablespoons sugar to the brownie layer. These are not overly sweet. After 2 days in my fridge, I do feel like these sweetened up a bit. But still, more of a snack bar than a super sweet dessert. I loved these. My husband didn’t. Story of my life.
That said, if you try to serve these as a dessert, at say a Superbowl party, you will be judged. And people will likely never trust your desserts again. Speaking from experience.
So in my professional brownie eating opinion, I recommend making these for snacks to eat throughout the week. Seriously perfect when 3pm rolls around and you want something sweet, but not TOO sweet. And you need something filling, but not TOO filling. This is the key to ultimate snacking happiness. I always look forward to snack time, but these took everything to a whole new level.
And good things happen when you eat these less slutty brownies. I know this because the one day I didn’t eat a less slutty brownies (yesterday), I was doing box jumps at the gym and I completely missed the top of the platform and ended up splitting open my shin. Okay not really split open, but it was bad. I didn’t know a shin could bleed that much. I mean, it’s just like all bone there, ya know?
It was a bummer. And it hurt so bad. I was looking pretty pathetic so Andrew said it looked like I needed a fat kid meal for dinner (I realize that statement is completely politically incorrect). So we ate BBQ sandwiches and mac n’ cheese. I like being married. He gets me. And he doesn’t get upset when I eat all the greek yogurt & bananas. Saturday is the 1 year anniversary of when we got engaged. Is that a thing you celebrate? Hmm. I say yes.
Oh and the last thing…highlight of my dietetic internship this week: A wonderful woman gave me some chocolate chip + coconut + macadamia nut cookies. I like people who realize dietitians (-to be) like to eat things. The bad news is I ate WAY too many. The good news is that I’m going to have SO much energy in my spinning class tomorrow.
- 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet), melted
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1/2 + 1/3 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (no added salt/sugar/oil)
- 1 ripe medium banana, mashed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a food processor, process black beans and melted chocolate until smooth. Scrap down the sides of your food processor and add in greek yogurt, egg, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Process until completely smooth. Scoop batter into a non-stick/greased 8x8in baking dish. Spread to the corners of the dish. Bake for 25 minutes, or until center has set. Allow brownies to cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the cookie dough layer on top.
- While the brownies cool, make your cookie dough. The cookie dough layer will NOT be baked. In a bowl combine oat flour, quick oats, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips. Add in peanut butter, mashed banana and honey. Combine until a dough is formed. Dough will seem tough. Drop the dough by spoonfuls on to your brownies. Use your hands to gently press the cookie dough into a layer. Slice and eat.
- These get better if you let them sit in the fridge overnight and then eat them cold. If you are serving them to people, I would serve them cold.