Hi guys! I hope you have been doing well and staying healthy during the change of seasons. It is chilly here in NC, and I have been trying out some great Fall recipes that I want to share with you.
I’ve always loved eating fruit tarts, you know the ones with the sugar cookie crust topped with a sugary cream cheese icing and layered with fresh fruit. I could eat a whole tart! Instead of using all of the sugar and processed ingredients found in a typical fruit tart, I decided to make a healthy Black Bean Brownie Pie made from a recipe that my good friend, Brooke Thomas, created (below). You can make this brownie recipe multiple ways, but I decided to make it into a healthy fruit tart.
Why use black beans in a brownie recipe? Well, did you know that black beans have more antioxidants than blueberries? And, black beans are a great source of protein without saturated fats. On a recommendation from Brooke, I have been using Eden’s Organic Black Beans since the can does not contain BPA. You can usually find organic beans in most grocery stores.
I made the brownie in a large spring form pan (cheesecake pan). I only baked the brownie 20 minutes instead of the recommended 35-40 minutes since my batter was spread thinner. It made a very yummy, fudgey brownie layer.
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 c. cocoa
4 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
1/2 c. xylitol
2 level tsp. stevia powder
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
3 large free range eggs
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 c. water
Directions: Just add the ingredients and blend. Add chocolate chips if desired for a more chewy chocolate flavor. But, be sure to mix the chips in by hand after blending the other ingredients. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil and pour in equal amounts of the ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Next, I made Brooke’s Dairy and Gluten Free Frosting and topped my brownie tart with this. I then layered mandarin oranges on top after I gently padded them dry. You can top the brownie tart with any fruit, but I was looking for orange fruit to go with the black brownie for a Halloween party. I kept the tart in the refrigerator until time to serve. Everyone REALLY liked it! And, no one knew they were eating a healthy brownie with black beans!
Don’t be afraid to try new, healthy versions of your favorite foods. I think you will be surprised at how good they taste and how good you will feel after eating them!
Take care and Be well,