Yes, the beans are back!
You all know that I have a sweet tooth and lately I’ve had this thing with beans. I’m wanting to put them everywhere, and in places they aren’t intended to be, like sweets. Nutritionally, beans are a powerhouses, full of plant protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium, which are all great for a well balanced diet. So why just save them for dinner? These black bean brownie balls are ridiculously simple and only 5 ingredients.
5 Ingredient Black Bean Brownie Balls
This recipe was adapted from my Black Bean Banana Brownie Recipe, and eventually turned into an easy decadent ball of chocolate goodness. They require a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand, and all you need is a food processor, so clean up doesn’t get much easier than that.
Besides being simple to make the are insanely delicious. These brownie bites can be eaten as a quick energizing pick me up or you can cover them in chocolate and eat them as a healthy dessert. This is my favorite way to enjoy them, plus they are perfectly sized to help you practice moderation, (I’m a sucker for chocolate) which can be a challenge with this recipe.
I love make healthy things taste good. You won’t even know they are made with black beans. I also made these nut-free since I’ve been asked to make more nut-free recipes.
For those that are grain free or looking for a oatmeal alternative. You can use almond flour or coconut flour as a substitute. I also like to add hemp seeds and chia seeds in the recipe just to up the protein content, mostly because my kiddos love them. I take advantage of any opportunity to pack in more nutrients for my kids.
But for this recipe we are going to keep it only 5 ingredients but feel free to add ingredient in as you’d like.
- 1½ half cup black beans or 1 can
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 6-8 dates (soaked & pitted)
- ⅓ cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Make sure you've rinsed and thoroughly drained your black beans.
- Add ingredients into your food processor and puree - about 3 minutes - scraping down sides as needed. You want it pretty smooth.
- If the batter appears too thick, add a Tbsp or two of coconut milk/ water and pulse again. It should be slightly thick like cookie dough.
- Use a 2'' ice cream scoop or spoon to scoop out enough dough to make bite size brownie balls. Roll and store in fridge.
- Optional: Dip your brownie balls into your favorite chocolate sauce and allow them to harden in the fridge/ freezer.
I hope you give it a try and if you do please tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural. I love seeing what you guys are cooking up in your kitchens. Stay tuned for more healthy recipes :-)