How To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth (Sensibly)

Say what?? Yeah, these brownies were made with ZERO flour and their bulk came from a single 15 ounce can of organic black beans. They did not taste like the insides of a burrito, however, and I’m going to go ahead and say these bean-based brownies could give Ms. Betty Crocker a run for her money!

no flour black bean brownies
yummy and so good for you!

Do you have a sweet tooth?  It’s really something to contend with, right?  Seriously, the first couple years of my 30’s were like this.

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Seriously, I’m not even exaggerating.  I suppose that was a hazard of moving back home for a few years.   My hometown is also home to The World’s Longest Candy Counter.

Yes, the LONGEST.

Even Guinness World Records said so.

According to a new study, it may not be entirely your fault that you crave all the sugar, but that being said, it is possible to satisfy your sweet tooth sensibly.

A couple of months ago, I made a Super Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie using an adaption from a Blondie recipe by Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie.  And that chickpea cookie was so amazing that Luke has requested that I make it several times.  Okay, truthfully, I like to make it, because every single time I do I’m like…

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I went through a phase in my 20’s when I could have never bothered with a baked good.  I know, you’re probably like, whatever, Erin… I’m not kidding though, I honestly lost my sweet tooth for a number of years.

Believe me, I substituted sweets for other things like cocktails, craft beers, and all the cheese and crackers, but I actually skipped countless cakes, cookies, pies, and ice cream.

Like Cher sings, if I could turn back time.

no flour black bean brownie

The best part about baking without processed flours and refined sweeteners is how people can’t tell the difference.  

SURE as soon as you divulge the mystery ingredients there will be those people who will say “oh, I could tell.” However, they totally couldn’t tell and, also, they ate half the tray.

As I was saying, I lost my sweet tooth in my 20’s, but when I got into my 30’s, it came back with a vengeance.  


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I knew that I needed to get a grip on my love of cakes, cookies, and sweets in general.  As a person in that eternal period of “recovery” from an eating disorder, I try to eat the best versions of the foods I love whenever possible.

When I finally decided to get healthy and become a fitness professional and nutritional therapist, I knew I had to start practicing what I preach, and I wasn’t preaching that people should work their asses off and then down a box of Krispy Kremes.  I believe in balance, eating intuitively and fueling your body with REAL whole food sources.  And, yes, this means you can KEEP EATING delicious brownies.

so sweet.
so sweet.

My go-to for healthy and unique dessert recipes is definitely Chocolate Covered Katie.  You can find Katie’s recipe for these Black Bean Brownies here along with SO many other incredible delights — many of which are on my current healthy food bucket list!

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I hope everybody is having a great Tuesday!  I’m linking up with Jill and Jessica for #DishTheFit.

What’s your favorite healthy dessert?  Do you ever bake flour-free?



Healthy living for the mind and body by NASM certified personal trainer, nutritional therapist, and life coach, Erin Campbell Thompson.


  1. I just headed on over to that site, Chocolate Covered Katie, Erin. And OMG! I am in a foodie healthy dessert paradise! I could easily just sit on that site drooling all day.

    I’ll be checking out much more of that later. Thank you for sharing! 😀

    1. I believe it, Julie! I don’t think I’ll ever switch back! Do you have a recipe on your blog for them? I’d love to try making your “bomb” brownies! 🙂

  2. I love hearing your journey. Sometimes I talk myself into thinking that replacing dinner with a big dessert is okay, but I always regret it. Oi. So…seeing that bag of candy vid was pretty funny. These brownies look amazing. And the chickpea blondie cookies? That’s really cool. Thanks so much for sharing. : ) Take care!!

    1. My early 30’s were all about gummy candy cuisine! Haha! The brownies are amazing, I honestly don’t think I’ll ever make the the old fashioned way ever again! If I can get antioxidants and fiber from my dessert, I’m going for it! 🙂

  3. I tried eating healthy desserts but then I realized that if I want dessert, I want the real thing! As long as I eat well the rest of the time, I’m going to eat that delicious donut. Dates and almond butter can sometimes get me by if I’m in the mood for something sweet too though. The less I eat sugar, the less I will crave it and so even when I do eat a donut I usually end up feeling sick before I even finish it.

    1. Oh I’m with you, Erin. Sometimes I want the real deal, but I’m with you, that I usually end up feeling sick after I get half way through a piece of cake or donut when I’m eating really well. I’m just always amazed by how delicious these alternative baked goods are, and appreciate how non sugar hungover I feel after eating them! 🙂

  4. Dude, I am a nutritional nightmare. I just ate dry Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast and dunked animal crackers into my coffee. I keep saying it over and over and over that I need to make some changes but I need to actually DO it.

    1. I want Cinnamon Toast Crunch! They don’t have it over here! British sweet cereals are pretty lackluster. I used to be an animal cracker addict myself and they are REALLY nice with tea and coffee. Make some black bean brownies, Suzy, you’ll love ’em. (I promise!) 🙂

  5. I have only recently been hearing about baking with beans and it does make me think “burrito”! The pictures always look so good and a healthy alternative to anything sweet is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. You won’t be disappointed! The are so simple, healthy, and delicious! I love the Chocolate Covered Katie blog SO much — I’ve made several of her recipes and they have been so fantastic! 🙂

    1. I am the worst baker, that’s why I love these vegan and whole food based baking recipe. I don’t have patience for sifting, rising, stand mixing either, but believe me, making these treats requires no bakery skills whatsoever!

    1. Haha the GIFs are so accurate for sure! I agree that you really can’t tell the difference with the black bean mixture — and the texture is amazing! I am definitely hooked!

  6. Mmm Krispy Kremes… I remember the days! Now I love baking my own GiGi-diet approved cookies, or donuts… Or churros…. Mmmmm!!!! Haven’t made them in a little while though and I totally should, the problem is that they’re just as addictive as the sugar-filled stuff. 😉

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