I know, I know, I’ve been posting a lot of dessert-like recipes lately. You all must be devastated by the fact that these delicious black bean brownie bites contain tons of nutrients. I couldn’t pass up posting this recipe though, because it’s The Recip Redux’s 6th birthday! We were all challenged to create a mini cake or mini indulgence to celebrate, and I knew exactly what I would be posting!
Why Black Bean Brownie Bites?
I whipped up this recipe for Tim’s birthday in March as a cake and we were in love. I like this bite-size version of the recipe even better cause they make for a convenient on-the-go snack, and extras can easily be stored in the freezer. Oh, and athletes and active followers: yes, you can have them pre-workout. They provide the right amount of carbs, with a tad of fat, protein, and fiber. And female athletes, an added bonus is that they’re packed with iron!
These black bean brownie bites are sweetened only with dates and get their amazing fudginess from avocado and ground chia seeds. The texture is everything you want from a brownie, with plenty of nutrients like fiber, ALA omega 3s, and polyunsaturated fats. What’s not to like?!
Hemp Seed Frosting
Topping it off, this frosting is made with hemp seeds, cacao powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cashew milk (or whatever milk you choose). Hemp seed frosting is something I’ve had in my mind for a while and I’m pumped that I finally got to it and it more than worked out! Without powdered sugar, I thought it would be hard to get that craveable fluffy frosting texture, but the consistency is just right and complements the black bean brownie bites perfectly.
Black Bean Brownie Bites
- 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 3/4 cups (packed) pitted medjool dates
- 3/4 cups cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 chia or flax eggs (2 tbsp ground seeds + 5 tbsp water)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 1/3 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup cacao powder
- 3 tbsp milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Heat oven to 350 degreees.
- Add beans, avocado and dates to a food processor or high quality blender and pulse until well combined.
- Add cacao powder, chia eggs, vanilla and milk and pulse until smooth.
- Finally, add baking powder and soda and pulse just until incorporated.
- Add 1 heaping tablespoon of batter to a (very) mini muffin tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.
- While brownies are baking, make the frosting: Pulse hemp seeds, maple and vanilla in food processor until creamy, roughly one minute. Add cacao, salt and milk, slowly pulsing until cacao is incorporated, then consistently pulsing another 30 seconds until mixture becomes more light and slightly fluffy.
- Let the brownie bites cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Frost and enjoy!