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spinach | Shrinking Stella

Brownies, yes I said it brownies!!!

August 12th, 2010

I was given a recipe for brownies made with black beans and spinach. I took the recipe apart and made it something I could eat. Yes, they are still a treat and have to be treated as such. Lets be real we all like treats so why not make one that is almost healthy and tastes pretty darn good if I do say so myself…

Black Bean Brownies

  • 1 cup of black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped frozen spinach (defrosted and squeezed dry)
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch Processed Unsweetened Coco
  • ¼ cup Cottage Cheese
  • 2 large eggs plus one yolk
  • 1 ¼ cup splenda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 Tablespoons SF Vanilla Coffee syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sf chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped)
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Mix/blend everything in a blender or food processor except the last four items, till smooth and beans are no longer visible. In a small glass bowl melt the butter and the chocolate till melted, stopping every 15 seconds to stir ~ let it cool for 5 minutes before adding to the mixture along with the almond meal. Blend just till combined. Pour batter in a 9×9 baking dish that has been sprayed with no-stick spray then top with the chopped walnuts. Bake for 25 minutes at 350. Let cool before serving, please be sure to cover and refrigerate or store in a sealed container in the fridge.


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