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