When you hear brownies, you might automatically link them to a sugar-loaded treat that will leave you in the duty of a long time at the gym. Nonetheless, it’s important for you to recognize that eating healthy does not entail depriving yourself of your favorite foods, munching celery for all of your meals, and eating very little calories.
For unquestionably, a strict diet plan that leaves you feeling hungry, deprived, and even moody will not bring you the long-term results you are aspiring to reach. Instead of obsessing over calories, preoccupy yourself with the number of chemicals in the back of your food. The more you stay away from chemicals, the less you would need to worry about calories.
Consuming a diet of whole foods, such as proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, and whole grain carbohydrates will leave your body satisfied with the nutrients it needs. Reaching for a handful of dry roasted cashews will grant you satiety, nutrients, minerals, and protein, while a 100-calorie snack pack of cookies will leave you with a blood sugar spike, further cravings, and a myriad of multi-syllable chemicals you can’t pronounce.
So, while it might sound odd to reach for a brownie while hitting the gym or attempting to eat a healthy diet, there is always room for dessert- especially homemade healthy dessert. Try these brownie recipes, and don’t let the thought of beans scare you away from making them! The beans replace the flour in the recipe and leave the brownies with a very smooth and fudgy texture.
It takes a lot to share a secret recipe, but nothing is better than making a difference in other people’s lives, especially when it comes to improving their health. These brownies are an excellent source of protein, are low in carbohydrates, and are free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy. Try them with your favorite nut butter swirled at the top.
Fudgy black bean brownie:
1 ½ cups black beans (pre-soaked overnight)
1 organic pasture-raised egg
2 organic pasture-raised egg yolks
1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons nut butter
1 tablespoon organic cold-pressed avocado oil
½ cup carob powder (or raw cocoa)
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
2 tsps. pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
¼ c fresh dates (pit removed), raw honey or
organic coconut palm sugar
1 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
1 tsp black seeds, whole
Nut Swirl Topping:
5 tablespoons organic crunchy peanut butter
1-2 tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place all fudgy brownie ingredients in your food processor. Pulse very well – this is what gives it a fudgy and smooth texture.
Place in a greased baking pan of your choice.
Mix the nut butter topping ingredients in a small bowl. Swirl on top of the brownie batter carefully with the edge of a knife or toothpick.
Bake 25-30 minutes. Allow cooling. Make sure to share with the kids.
Noor H. Salem is an author, speaker, and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, from Michigan. Noor works with clients in better understanding their bodies and healing with natural foods through her wellness practice, Holistic Noortrition. She presents various workshops, school lectures, group coaching classes, and community lectures on the topic of holistic health. Noor recently published her book, SUNNAH SUPERFOODS, a culmination of life-changing recipes and remedies, with a foreword by Dr. Waleed Basyouni. Her book consists of prophetic hadith, modern research, and delicious recipes, and is in the process of being translated into other language.