Heart Healthy Brownies
Using my food storage with my everyday cooking is something I feel is important. Buying what we eat and eating what we buy is a must. But so many processed foods and canned items have a lot of preservatives, fat, and cholesterol. Because high cholesterol runs in my family, it's important for me to Replace ways to cut down. I recently discovered the power of beans. Not only do they have the protein that you may think can only be found in meat, they also have no fat or cholesterol. But who says we have to eat only beans and rice in order to stay healthy? Little indulgences can be found in treats as well. Below is a recipe I created to help me use my food storage and have a little healthy treat once in a while.
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt*
1/2 tsp baking soda (opt)**
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 - 15 oz can black beans (or dry beans, cooked to equal 15 oz)
2 tsp vanilla
1/3-1/2 cup water
Rinse canned beans and puree in blender with water and vanilla. Pour into mixing bowl and add dry ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour into 9x9 lightly greased pan. Bake 345 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
*If you are using low sodium canned beans, you may choose not to rinse the beans. If so, omit the salt and reduce the water accordingly.
**Omitting the baking soda makes for chewier brownies.