I was excited to learn that my sister’s partner, Linda, decided to go vegan. She’s been struggling with the transition, however; mostly because she doesn’t know what to eat. I recently learned that she’s been subsisting to a large degree on French fries. Yikes!!
So to help Linda with the transition, she and my sis are spending the rest of the holiday weekend with me learning how to cook healthful vegan recipes. Of course one of these recipes will have to be something chocolate!
I have lots of healthy chocolate recipes, but I felt like trying something new. I did an online search and found a whole food vegan brownie recipe that’s sweetened with banana and dates instead of sugar and uses peanut butter in place of oil. What’s more, there’s a whole can of black beans in the recipe! I’m not saying that this makes them health food, but as far as brownies go you can’t get more wholesome than that!
My problem with desserts is that I have the tendency to binge on them. Even healthy-ish desserts are unhealthy if you over do it. When I make cookies or brownies, I usually eat so much that I make myself ill. To prevent myself from doing that this time, I challenged myself not to eat any batter at all and then to allow myself to eat only one brownie after I baked them.
This worked! Not only did I not touch the batter, but I didn’t eat a single chocolate chip. And let me tell you, the baked brownie I ate tasted a lot better since I wasn’t already sick from eating batter.
I will admit, however; that although I technically ate only one brownie I really ate more than this because when I cut the brownies into squares, I sliced and ate silvers off of some of the squares. Oh well, still did a lot better than my typical behavior.
I highly recommend this brownie recipe, they’re healthy and delicious. I will note that I increased the chocolate chips from ½ a cup to 2 cups. If you want a super healthy brownie, you can replace the chocolate chips with dried fruit or use just the half cup of chips. Both my husband and I thought that the brownies tasted just right with the two cups of chips, however.
You can find this recipe at Healthy Vegan Recipes.
One last note, the photo above is not of the brownies I made. I’m still embarrassed by my food photography skills. I promise, however; that I’ll be taking my own photos soon! I just spent $600 on a Canon camera today and I’ll be taking a photography class in a couple of weeks.
The brownie photo is courtesy of Miss A. Her brownie recipe looks delicious too, but it’s neither vegan nor healthy.
Your picture is fine, would be better if I can taste the brownie as well… what a great sight!!!
Hey Anna! You can taste one – I’ll bring one over for you. Celeste:)
I’ve seen recipes for black bean brownies quite a lot but have been a bit fearful! Given your excitement (and I know you have a good ol’ sweet tooth :p) I feel more confident to give them a go! 🙂
I had so much fun making my husband guess what was in the brownies! You honestly can’t taste the beans or even the peanut butter at all. My husband was shocked by the ingredients. I’m not saying these were the absolute best brownies I’ve ever had, but they were really good for being so healthy. Celeste:)
Did he actually manage to guess?! Well, I’m always up for a healthier way getting my chocolate hit so I will have to give them a try! 🙂
Nope, he never guessed the beans. I would have never guessed either!!!
You bought the camera! Yay – have fun. I am definitely going to try these, I’ve also never added beans to brownies, was skeptical….
Yes, I finally bought the camera! I just started reading the manual – so much to learn! Thanks for stopping by Sophia!! Celeste:)
Yay for Linda! How wonderful to spend time together hashing out this vegan thing :-). The brownies sound totally scrumptious.
It tickles me that my husband and I have motivated Linda to go vegan. I guess being an example can make an impact. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge! Thanks for your comment Annie!! Celeste:)
This is so great another person in your circle is trending towards a plant-based diet! She is going to reap such benefits – what a smart lady 😉 I am in the middle of a parasite cleanse (aka why I’ve been so MIA) and I’m not allowed to each chocolate or sugars for the time being – this recipe makes me want to gobble up all the chocolate …yummm!
It’s been a long time Kasia! A parasite cleanse? Yikes, that doesn’t sound like fun. Don’t you think Natasha did a fantastic job on the look of my blog? Thanks so much for referring her! Yes, I’m very excited that LInda’s decided to go vegan. Celeste 🙂
I made these brownies today. I modified it slightly because I didn’t have enough dates, so added some blueberry preserves and maple syrup to help sweeten. They turned out great! This will be a topic on a future blog at my site for sure! Thanks for this post!
I’m so glad you liked the recipe Debbie! The blueberry preserves sound like an interesting addition – I would never have thought about adding preserves to brownies. I look forward to reading your brownie post!! Celeste 🙂
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Yum!! Brownies are a particular weakness of mine…I most definitely will give these a try!
They’re a weakness of mine too!! What’s great about these is that not only do they satisfy, but they’re healthy!!! Celeste 🙂
You raise an excellent point when you shared your binge-on-brownies “evil twin.” 🙂 It seems that everyone has a “trigger food” that unleashes that out-of-control addictive pattern. Over the past year, I have eliminated most of my old triggers; pizza, bread, pasta. My one remaining indulgence is a few hot tortilla chips when we go out to eat Mexican food. It feels like a huge splurge, but I know that I am still well within my “90% healthy stuff” plan overall.
Splurges should be just that — and splurges are, by definition, occasional. Not every day, perhaps not even every week. And so so enjoyable when they come!
Chocolate is my “trigger food” for sure! I had a handle on it for awhile, but I’ve been backsliding lately. I actually had a bit of a binge-fest the other night when I baked double chocolate cookies to send my dad for Father’s Day. I keep telling myself I’m not going to bake goodies anymore, but… I’m going to have to work on that. Anyway, I think it’s wonderful that you’ve eliminated most of your trigger foods. That’s impressive!! Thanks so much for your comment – I appreciate it. Celeste 🙂
I wonder if they would be even better with almond butter instead of peanut butter.
Also, the chips have sugar in them, I am guessing. Wonder about getting some other kind chocolate chips, without cane sugar.
Hey there Marty! I bet these would be fabulous with almond butter. I personally like almond butter a lot better than peanut butter. As far as the chips, I don’t know of any without cane sugar, but please share if you know of some. I know these brownies aren’t perfectly healthy, they’re just healthier than typical brownies. I do my best when it comes to eliminating sugar, but I’m certainly not perfect in this area!! Thanks so much for your comment – I really appreciate it! Celeste 🙂
I love brownie recipes! I must try these!!
Please do! They are delish and healthy!! Celeste 🙂
that looks great! i am such a chocoholic! thanks for following my blog, touch of home pet care.
Thanks for the comment! These brownies were a real hit when I made them. Celeste 🙂
🙂 can’t wait to try them!
Yes! Finally, brownies that I’m allowed to eat 🙂 Thank you, thank you, and thank you some more for this recipe of delicious goodness 🙂
Thanks so much for your comment! If you try the brownies, let me know what you think of them. Celeste 🙂
Most definitely 🙂 I’m trying to be good and I’ve had a devil of a time with it. 99.9% of the time, I’m eating completely vegan but then I’ll crave a treat. Like if I’m around a cupcake or some other delicious dessert, I find it almost impossible to resist. So, I’m so glad to finally have an alternative that I can try with my kids 🙂
I’m with you girl! I have so much trouble resisting sweets when they’re around! Thankfully, most of the desserts I make are super healthy. I actually have several other dessert recipes that are even healthier than these brownies. Here’s a few of them:
Thanks so much for reading – I appreciate it! Celeste 🙂
Thank you so much! I will check out all of them. I’m so excited there are alternatives. You’re awesome! 🙂
You’re so welcome!
Thanks for this, Celeste! My boyfriend is a vegan so it is always great to find recipes that we might enjoy together-we both LOVE brownies.
Wonderful!! This is such a great recipe, delicious and healthful! I hope you guys enjoy them!! Celeste 🙂
OMG – so yum!!
Thanks for the post. I have a few vegans amongst my in-laws so this is great! Also, if you have a moment I’d appreciate it if you could please “like” me on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/CanadianMumAbroad
Your vegan relatives will love these brownies (just don’t tell them what they’re made of until after they try them!!). And I’d be happy to follow you on facebook – I’ll go do that now! 🙂
Hey Celeste. I’ve tried a brownie recipe just like this before. I don’t think there was banana, but there were black beans, dates and cocoa. I like them, and so did my son. My daughter however wasn’t in to them.
I hear you when it comes to sweet things. I get so tempted too. Not just one, but more and more and more. And then of course the batter. Hehehe. One day I’ll have more self control (hopefully).
Thanks for the recipe. Next time I make healthy brownies I’m gonna have to do this one.
Hey Celeste, I couldn’t get into the recipe site. Do you happen to know why?
Hey Staci! I really like this recipe. The brownies are pretty healthy and they’re tasty too. They’re not as good as full fat, full sugar brownies, but almost. Your daughter may even enjoy these – who knows. Anyway, I’m so glad you told me about the link. I posted this a long time ago, so I think something was changed since I first posted. Anyway, I found the recipe and added a link that works.
And I’m so with you on the sugar addiction. Like you say, maybe one day we’ll have more self control. At least with a healthy recipe like this, it’s okay to indulge a little. Enjoy! Celeste 🙂
Oh, and I do indulge ehhhhh. hehehe. thanks Celeste. You’re a doll (oops-almost wrote ‘dool’)
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