With the recent scare of mercury in high fructose corn syrup many parents are worrying about the foods they have been feeding their children. Sweet snacks and treats are large concerns as they often contain a large amount of the potentially dangerous substance. Many parents are now looking for alternative foods they can feel comfortable giving their children. Companies that do not use high fructose corn syrup in their foods, such as Newman’s Own Organics, are becoming even more popular due to this new health risk.
However, parents can go an extra step and choose to make their own treats rather than buy prepackaged foods. Not only is this healthier and often less risky, it also cuts out the negative effects of packaging and transportation. One favorite healthy treat in my house is Black Bean Brownies.
At first this recipe seems odd, and for some not the least bit appetizing. But these chocolaty goodies have been making my kids smile time and time again. I have served them to friends and family without telling them exactly what they are eating and have never received a complaint. If you are feeling adventurous give these a try!
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup sugar
- a pinch salt
These are just the basic ingredients, feel free to change them up to meet your dietary standards. Vegans might enjoy replacing the eggs with bananas to maintain texture. Use organic and natural ingredients when possible.
Preheat oven to 350* F.
Pour drained beans into a blender, set on puree and blend until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until evenly mixed.
Pour bean mixture into a greased 8 by 8 pan. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.
Let them cool and enjoy. These chocolaty brownies are so yummy you would never guess that they also have the goodness of beans baked right into them. Go on and try a batch for yourself and let me know what you think.
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