Recipe: Black Bean Brownie Mini Muffins


If you’re trying to stick to your resolutions and eat healthy in 2017, but still want a small treat every now and then, this Heart Smart® recipe for Black Bean Brownie Mini Muffins is perfect for you.

They’ve really got it all. They’re small, and portion control is a major part of weight loss or maintenance. They contain healthy ingredients, so you can sneak in some extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber from ingredients like black beans, flax seed and walnuts. And, possibly most importantly, they satisfy that chocolate craving!

Black Bean Brownie Mini Muffins
Yield: 12 mini muffins


2 1/2 Tablespoons Canola oil
3 Tablespoons pureed canned black beans*
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 1/2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 1/2 Tablespoons dried cherries or raisins

*Instead of black beans, the following can be substituted (all 3 T each): pureed prunes (baby food), canned pumpkin puree, pureed boiled beets.

Preheat oven to 350º F and line mini muffin pan with liners. In a mixing bowl, stir together oil and beans. Add in sugar, cocoa, salt, flax seed and vanilla. Mix well. Add the egg and stir. Stir in flours until just combined then stir in walnuts and cherries. Use a cookie scoop to evenly distribute batter into mini muffin liners. Bake about 15 minutes or until cooked through.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING: 109 Calories; 5g Fat; 2g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 18g Cholesterol; 42mg Sodium

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