Recipe Card: Kid-Friendly Black Bean Brownies
Getting kids to eat brownies typically isn’t a problem, but convincing them to eat healthier snacks can be trickier. These black bean brownies taste just as amazing as those that are loaded with butter and sugar, but they’re so much more nutritious. The beans, applesauce, cocoa powder and dried cherries all contribute fiber to every square, and there’s just 1/2 cup of unrefined sugar in the whole recipe.
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  1. Ingredients
  2. 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed well and drained
  4. 2 large eggs OR 3 Tbsp ground flaxseeds mixed with 1/3 c water
  5. 2 Tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
  6. 1/2 c sucanat (unrefined cane sugar)
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 3/4 c cocoa powder
  9. 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
  10. 1 tsp baking powder
  11. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
  13. 1/4 c dried cherries
  14. 1/2 c boiling water
  15. 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
  16. Sea salt (optional)
  1. Directions
  2. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 9” square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. 2. Put the dried cherries in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them, using just enough water to cover them completely. Set aside.
  4. 3. In a high-speed blender or powerful food processor, puree all of the wet ingredients, from the applesauce to the vanilla, until the mixture is completely smooth, about two minutes.
  5. 4. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor. Add all of the dry ingredients, from the cocoa powder to the salt (leaving out the cherries and chocolate chips).
  6. 5. Blend or process the batter for an additional minute until all of the dry ingredients are completely incorporated. The batter should be thick but smooth.
  7. 6. Drain the soaked, softened dried cherries.
  8. 7. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, mixing in most of the dried cherries at the same time. Reserve 1 Tbsp of the cherries.
  9. 8. Smooth the top of the batter and sprinkle the dark chocolate chips and the remaining dried cherries evenly over the top. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt as well.
  10. 9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the brownies are cracked and firm on top. Let the brownies cool for at least 1 hour before cutting them into squares and serving.
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