My first venture into bean-based desserts had me hooked. I started my journey with a trusted source– Skinny Taste’s Amazing Flour-less Brownies. Then, I quickly moved into more treacherous (yet equally delicious) territory with my own Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Brownies (made with Splenda…gasp! Maybe this is one I should revamp for TPP?)
So when I had lunch not too long ago with my friend Kylie and she told me about her very impressive and entrepreneurial endeavor into the world of bean-based dessert mixes, I instantly knew she was on to something. I went home that day as a proud owner of a bag of Healthier Eats Black Bean Brownie Mix.
I’ll be honest, I don’t do nearly as much baking as I used to. In high school, I could pawn the treats off on my family. In college, there was always a group of willing participants, whether they were my sorority sisters (eesh, that phrase), or roommates, or roommates’ boyfriends, or some combination thereof. Now, it’s just me and my fellow RD roomie, so most of our dessert comes in the form of dark chocolate we have stashed in the freezer. Being a grown up can be so lame.
But once the bag of Healthier Eats entered my apartment, I knew I had to do something big with it. A few weeks went by, the holiday season happened upon us, and the destiny for this black bean brownie mix became very clear. I would transform the dry ingredients into bite-sized morsels of chocolate drizzled with more chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint, just in time for the roomie and I to host a holiday/housewarming party.
- 1 package Healthier Eats Black Bean Brownie Mix
- 1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peppermints, crushed
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the brownie mix with black beans, egg, and applesauce in a food processor until the batter is smooth.
- Divide the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners– I got 15 brownie bites out of one batch.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- While the brownies are cooling, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
- Pour the melted chocolate into a plastic bag and snip off a tiny piece at the corner once the brownies are out of the oven and ready for a chocolate drizzle.
- Drizzle each brownie with the melted chocolate and sprinkle peppermint over each one.