Chocolate and Black Bean Protein Bars
A healthy, easy to make, vegan homemade Chocolate Fudge Brownie Black Bean Protein Bar. Delicious - so good you'll forget it's good for you!
- 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....