50 Calorie Black Bean Brownie Bites

Dee Stillwell Recipe

By Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE

30 brownie bites
Prep Time:
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On my quest to get healthier, I have been adding alot more complex carbs to our diet..more whole grains, beans and quinoa, etc. I started searching for good ways to continue my sweet tooth and still lose weight. Black bean brownies are one of those guilty pleasures that I feel good about having for dessert. Alot of recipes passed through my kitchen before I took the best from several recipes and made them healthier as well. I hope you enjoy them as much as my aqua exercise pals did. I took 60 of them and there were only 15 of us there. The trays were empty 30 minutes before I left. LOL


1 - 15.5 oz
can of black beans, drained and rinsed
egg whites or egg beater quivilent
2 Tbsp
coconut oil
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1/2 c
natural unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c
stevia in the raw (agave syrup can substitute)
1/4 c
granulated fruitose (agave, raw or white sugar can substitute)
1/2 c
cocoa, unsweetened
2 tsp
expresso powder (instant coffee pdr can substitute)
1 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
1/3 c
mini chocolate chips
1 c
powdered sugar
1/4 c
cocoa, unsweetened
2 tsp
coconut oil
1/2 tsp
each of vanilla & expresso powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray. Drain and rinse the black beans thoroughly. Let drain while measuring out ingredients. Place beans in the food processor bowl with chopping blade. Add the apple sauce, egg whites, vanilla, & coconut oil. Puree together for a few minutes until mixture is emulsified, scraping down a few times. Add Stevia, fruitose, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Process until completely smooth. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times to distribute them.. Scrape batter into a 4 cup measuring cup and scoop into muffin pans with cookie scoop. Bake for 12-14 minutes (they are better a little underdone) These can also be baked in an 8"x8" pan for 25-30 minutes.
To Make Glaze: Beat together with wire whisk until smooth. Drizzle cooled brownies with a flork dipped in glaze or use a decorating bag to drizzle on glaze. Sprinkle with a few mini chocolate chips or toasted almonds if desired. Or to make them more diabetic friendly, lightly dust with powdered sugar or serve them plain. This glaze adds 15 calories and a dusting of powdered sugar add 5 calories to each brownie bite. Enjoy!
Note: I have tried using muffin liners in the pans and have found the lower fat brownies always stick. I even tried spraying the liners with cooking spray, and they promtly spread out from the moisture on them, making them hard to fill with batter. The ideal thing would be the foil liners(sprayed), but I have never seen them in mini sized ones. So I bake them in the pans and put them in a muffin liner after before I dust with powered sugar or glaze them.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #brownies, #black, #Bean

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Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
Sep 9, 2012
Thank u Alyce, I hope u try them and enjoy them...its nice that the calories are lower..but the health factor was my motive when making them.
Alyce Heidt MimisTrifles
Sep 5, 2012
Thanks so much for your recipe!! Its a great way to kill the "sweet tooth" without adding a bunch of calories to your "self!" & the perfect snack when wanting something Chocolate!! Thanks Bunches!!
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Jun 5, 2012
Do you have a recipe for black bean butter rolls? I have one- just not at my finger tips at the moment. It is so good.
Brenda Downey BJD
Jun 2, 2012
You are welcome Dee! I think you previously inspired me also...remember you had spoken to me regarding weight loss? Anyhow, I just got tired of being overweight, and something just kicked in gear, and I began a low calorie diet, where I record online all of my daily calorie contents, and it has been working! I think recording my calories on an online journal has really encouraged me without knowing it (on a day to day basis)! I know what you are referring to regarding May being a busy month...it is better to the diet and pre-plan during a non-busy month. Summers are hard for me to stick to my diet though...lol!