Better For You Brownies

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Even a healthy dessert is still a dessert.  However, if you’re going to have a treat first it should taste good, and second it should not derail your healthy eating habits.  Most treats are low in nutrients and high in sugar and unhealthy fats.  These brownies are packed with nutrient dense whole foods.  Yes, there’s some sugar and fat involved, but they’re primarily from whole foods. Besides, it wouldn’t be a treat without it.

Ingredients

1 small sweet potato, baked, mashed (Here is my favorite way to roast a sweet potato) 
1/2 mashed ripe avocado
1/2 mashed ripe banana
1 15 ounce can beans drained, rinsed (pinto, black beans, or adzuki beans all work well) 
1 T coconut oil
3 large eggs
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup date sugar
1/4 cup oats
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F

  2. In food processor, grind oats until it reaches a flour-like consistency
  3. Mash banana, roasted sweet potato, and avocado together with a fork, set aside
  4. Drain and rinse beans. 
  5. Put beans into food processor, blend until smooth
  6. Add mash mixture to beans, mix until combined
  7. Add eggs to food processor
  8. Add all remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips), and combine
  9. Add chocolate chips and process.  There should still be small chunks of chocolate. 
  10. Pour batter into greased 8x8 baking pan.  
  11. Bake for 40-50 mins.  Center may still be a bit moist, but will firm up when cooling.