Weight Loss Recipe: Fudge Brownies

When trying to boost the amount of fiber you eat in your diet to lose weight and improve your health, you probably never imagined that you could get it with dessert.  You probably never considered that biting into a heavenly hunk of chocolate bliss could help your digestion, your heart, your immune system and even your blood sugar levels. You never dreamed dessert could be so deliriously delicious and also good for you. In fact, perhaps you ARE dreaming…as you read this…right now

Or perhaps eating healthy could be better than you thought.

These chocolate fudge brownies are mostly just vegetables and fruits. As with any dessert, you still have to keep portion control in mind, but savor these chocoluscious brownies without the guilt. Oh and did we mention these brownies are sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly? Try them, let me know what you think in the Comments section below.

Ingredients:

For the Brownies

19 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed, OR about 1 1/2 cups of freshly cooked black beansbrownies medium

2 tbsp. almond butter (use sesame seed butter, pumpkin seed butter or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version)

2 cups of pitted dates (you can replace some with prunes to increase the fiber content even more), soaked for an hour and drained (reserve the soaking water)

1 cup cocoa powder

2 tbsp. coconut oil

1/3 cup reserved date soaking water

1/4 tsp. sea salt

chopped nuts (optional)

For the Frosting

2/3 cup baked sweet potato

1/2 cup pitted dates, soaked for an hour and drained

1/4 cup cocoa powder

4 tbsp. almond butter (or pumpkin seed butter or sesame seed butter or sunflower seed butter)

1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Directions

For the Brownies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and oil a 9×9 baking pan.

Throw all of the ingredients into a powerful food processor or blender. Blend until it makes a smooth, thick batter.

Add chopped nuts and pulse a few times, just so that they are distributed through the batter (optional)

Spoon the batter evenly into the pan.

Bake for 25 minutes, and then let it cool completely before you add the frosting.

For the Frosting

In a food processor or blender, blend milk, dates, almond butter and vanilla extract, until smooth.

Add sweet potato and cocoa powder; blend until smooth and fluffy.

Spread onto the cooled brownies with a spatula.

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