Healthy Brownie Tart

Healthy Black Bean Brownie Fruit Tart

Healthy Brownie Fruit Tart

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.

Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownies

Ingredients:

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

1/2 c. Shaklee’s Instant Protein Mix

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,

Eva

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