Something very odd has happened to me lately…
I’m am losing my desire for super-sugary sweets. What is going ON with me?!? It’s quite baffling. All of a sudden I cannot finish a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (which is unheard of!) Even my ongoing love-affair with Seasonal Reeses just isn’t burning as hotly as it once did.
I have a few theories as to why this transformation in my taste buds is occurring. One is that I’ve spent the past year shifting toward a much cleaner (plant-based) diet. It’s been a surprising change for me- one that has brought about a LOT of benefits I didn’t expect- so I’m actually working on a post all about that for next week. I’m thinking of titling the post, “Why in tarnation would anyone want to go vegan?!?” or something else equally poetic, because that title pretty much sums up where I stood on the subject a year ago. I figured other people might enjoy reading where I’ve landed in answer to the “Animal Protein: Yay or Nay? (and WHY)” debate. (And don’t worry, this is not going to become a vegan blog. I may eat a lot of veggies, but I still cook lots of meaty, cheesy foods for the carnivores in my family.)
But back to my shifty taste buds. For whatever reason… I actually crave healthy food these days. Weird, I know. So when I offered to make a dessert on Sunday (the night our good friends, the Watsons, came over for our regular weekly viewing of So You Think You Can Dance) I ended up scouring my Pinterest boards for a recipe that would please the crowd while also satisfying my craving for a more nutritious dessert.
And boy did I score!! These cookies were so crazy good that my friend Dia even declared them her new favorite cookie ever (healthy or not!) They are super fudgy and soft, with great flavor (not too sweet, but just sweet enough.) And even my choco-holic husband approved of them wholeheartedly.
I can’t take credit for inventing this recipe. (As I said, I found the original recipe on Pinterest and modified it slightly.) But I definitely wanted to share the love with the rest of you since these cookies so far exeeded my expectations. I think you will really, really like them. And if you bring them to a party, you will fool even the pickiest junk-food lover. They do not taste healthy at all!
Any guesses what the secret ingredient is? You can scroll down to the printable recipe to find out!
Lots of Love,
Fudge Brownie Cookies!
A fudgy, chocolatey, perfect cookie! (And secretly healthy too.)
Author: Eliza's Edibles | Featured on prettyhungryblog.com
Recipe Type:: Dessert
- 1 can black beans, rinsed well
- 2 Tbsp. milk of choice
- 1 ½ Tbsp. peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
- ¼ C. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ C. + 1 T. sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅓ C. white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a food processor, combine black beans, milk, peanut butter, and coconut oil and process until smooth.
- Add in whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, and continue processing until combined and mousse-like.
- Stir in ⅓ C. white chocolate chips.
- Drop golf ball sized spoonfuls of dough (evenly spaced) onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool, and enjoy! (If you do not eat the cookies in the first day or two, store in the refrigerator, due to the black beans.)
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