Jan 31

Less Slutty Brownies

Looking for a way to class up Valentines day? Let’s make it less slutty.

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At this point we’ve all heard of slutty brownies.  And maybe you’ve even heard of even sluttier slutty brownies.  And then there are these.  Errrmahgah.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Less Slutty Brownies
Brownie Layer
  1. 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet), melted
  3. 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  8. pinch salt
Cookie Dough Layer
  1. 1/2 + 1/3 cup oat flour
  2. 1/2 cup quick oats
  3. 1/4 cup peanut butter (no added salt/sugar/oil)
  4. 1 ripe medium banana, mashed
  5. 2 tablespoons honey
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Adapted from Nora's Black Bean Brownies
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40 comments on “Less Slutty Brownies”

  1. When I saw this email in my inbox, I knew this post was going to be good when the title started with ‘Less Slutty…” These sound delish!

  2. OH MY GOSH. Actually I’m speechless I’m so excited. Too bad I was going to try black bean brownies this weekend too.

  3. LOVE this!! Because I’m not committed to being 100% slutty ;) LOL

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  5. YAY! I’m so, so psyched that you tried, liked and improved upon these black bean brownies! I am definitely making a pan of these this weekend. The name alone makes me laugh out loud! Such a great idea!!

    I’m so glad you mentioned the sweetness angle. I know it’s pretty polarizing – you either love super dark, almost unsweetened chocolate or you don’t. I tend to air on the less sweet side, especially with dense brownies, but that’s just my opinion, so adding a couple Tbsps of sugar is a great idea. And eating them cold is so good. I even eat them frozen sometimes. Talk about fudgy!

  6. Ouch about the shin. Hope it heals fast!
    And, these brownies look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make brownies with black beans and now, I have a reason too. =)

  7. In a world where there are a lot of slutty things— even brownies— I’m glad to see these ;) And a fat kid meal is totally worth it when you split your shin open. I mean, I would have it even if I didn’t split my shin.
    Hooray for your one year engagement anniversary!! I remember that post like it was yesterday *sniff* So happy for you two.

  8. Bahaha I SO get the not-taking-this-to-parties thing. I have received that same judgement many times in the past. Mostly from my family, luckily (or not).

    The box jumps! Sound so painful :( But I love that you have that awesome husband to make you feel better! One time I was benching at my work gym in the early morning (aka three people were there) and I failed on the last rep of my last set and omg! So embarrassing. I didn’t know what to do and no one was around me so I tried rolling it down my body (my chest will never be the same) which of course didn’t work and some nice man eventually saved me. Last time I did that.

    I feel like I would love these. So I’m gonna make them sooon!!

  9. Oh.My.God. You seriously ROCK. I had an infamous night with slutty brownies a few months back … too many at a party resulted in crazy nausea and stomach pains in the middle of the night. Needless to say, I am LOVIN’ this recipe! Plus I’ve been wanting to try my hand at the whole black-bean-brownie-thing. Thank you!

  10. I made black bean brownies one time and did not like them, but I’m not giving up on the idea entirely. This may be a better way of making them because they’ve got the double layer to make the brownie more interesting. I’ll give it a try.

  11. I love this! So great!

  12. Hahaha, yes, lets take the slut factor out of V-Day (though the boys will probably all beg to differ). These look awesome! I love black bean brownies, and that topping you have looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. These sound delicious! Right out the oven with a big ol’ glass of milk sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I have yet to make a batch of black bean brownies, so these might be my first shot… I bet if I slap a scoop of ice cream on top my husband won’t be able to say no. I’ll mention the “black bean” bit afterwards ;)

  16. These are phenomenal! I just made them for a super bowl dessert and they were a hit! I made a few little tweaks, like made a flax egg instead of using an actual egg, and also used sweetened peanut butter. Thank you for a great recipe :)

  17. Ok these look so good! I have made the regular slutty brownies and they were great but made me feel so sick afterwards haha so these are definitely a great substitute.

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  22. First of all, I’m in love with your blog. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while now and just spent nearly an hour perusing through all of your posts…drooling…
    Second, these look amazing! Although, I’m tempted to just make that cookie dough layer and eat it raw. (:

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  34. I made this with a little agave in both layers so that it would be a little more dessert like and I could maybe get other to eat it. My boyfriend didn’t not like it but he ate the little piece I gave him and did not get anymore-and he loves dessert and if it is processed and sugar filled will eat tons. I ate like 1/2 the pan in a day and did not feel too bad is is very filling and delish.

    • Sounds like you liked them! My husband doesn’t eat too many of my dessert either…many times they’re not desserty enough. But he does love them for snacks!

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  37. Made these the other day!  SO good! I loved the less sweet, super dark taste- exactly what I look for with chocolate-y things…. and you can never go wrong with cookie dough. EVER haha.  

    Do you know if these freeze well?  I made the pan, but theres no way I can finish them all myself, and I don’t want to throw any out.

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