A healthy, easy to make, homemade vegan Chocolate Brownie Black Bean Protein Bar. Delicious – so good you’ll forget it’s good for you!
Protein bars. I’ve never been a fan of them. Overpriced, funky texture & taste and a questionable list of ingredients. Sorry, I don’t subscribe to the belief that all packaged “health foods” are good for you. Really, you want to eat healthy – start by cooking from scratch at home with quality ingredients – know what’s going into your food.
We should all try to have healthy(ish) foods we can grab on the run. In my home, we’re running behind on any given weekday morning. Breakfast usually consists of a quick bowl of cereal, oatmeal, grits, fresh fruit or a yogurt. That’s all fine and dandy – but sometimes there’s not even time for that. Some days I see my husband trying to chug down a protein shake while tripping over sippy cups and toys on his way out the door. Got me to thinking about a healthy, easy to eat breakfast bar that doesn’t come from a package from some random manufacturer.
Granola would be the simple solution for most, but the hubs doesn’t care for it. Staring at the giant container of protein powder – it hit me – a protein bar. I got to thinking about how to really pack a punch of protein and nutrients into a bar with more than just powder. I remembered the black bean brownies I make on occasion. Perfect way to make a rich, fudgie chocolate, nutrient loaded protein bar.
These bars are easy to make – you’re pretty much throwing all the ingredients in your food processor and baking them. Go ahead and get creative – stir in some cinnamon chips, sprinkle with nuts or swirl some peanut butter on top. Make it your protein bar!
Guess what!? You would never guess there’s black beans in this protein bar. It’s a fudgie, chocolate bomb bite of goodness – you’ll almost forget it’s a protein bar and that it’s actually pretty good for you. I cut these in bars for breakfasts on the run. I cut a bar in half for a snack, a dessert or a chocolate craving. Go ahead and get your healthy on & give these Fudge Black Bean Protein Bars a try. My whole family loves them – I bet yours will too!
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Recipe originally adapted from Christensenka.Squarespace Check out her blog for tons of recipes & information on clean eating, gluten-free & allergy-free foods!
After making this recipe dozens of times, I’ve made a few changes to my original adaptation to improve the taste, texture and to compliment my on hand pantry ingredients. Enjoy 🙂
Chocolate and Black Bean Protein Bars
- 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed thoroughly (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup chocolate or peanut butter protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar heaping
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt if soaking your own beans, you may need a bit more salt
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet / dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 8x8 baking pan using a dab of coconut oil.
- Drain and rinse black beans thoroughly. This is best done in a colander.
- Combine black beans, protein powder, cocoa powder, coconut oil, sugar, vanilla & salt in a food processor.
- Process until completely smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down sides if necessary. This may take a few minutes. If mixture is too dry to work with, you can add a teaspoon or two of warm water.
- Carefully remove blade and stir in chocolate chips.
- Spoon mixture into greased 8×8 pan and smooth mixture down with a spatula.
- Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until just set in the center.
- Let cool for an hour.
- Refrigerate for a few hours - the bars will finish setting up.
- Cut into bars and serve. You could also cut these into smaller, brownie or fudge sized pieces and serve as a dessert or snacks.
- Store bars in the refrigerator and they're best served chilled. Enjoy : )
- *NOTE* Black bean brownie recipes are pretty much fool proof and can be adapted & adjusted in limitless ways. Since there's no eggs & no flour in the batter it's perfectly safe (and fun) to create and taste as you go. Experiment with sweeteners and add-ins. Cinnamon & cayenne - yes, please. Peanut butter swirl - yum. Dried cranberries and crushed nuts - sure! You get the idea....
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