Black Bean Brownie Recipe

Healthy Hearing Recipes: Dark Chocolate for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and for many of us, it means family gatherings and lots of food. Loading up on treats and sweets is especially popular during this time of year, even if we know how unhealthy it is for us. However, if you are a fan of dark chocolate you are in luck. Did you know that dark chocolate that has a 70% or higher total cocoa content is rich in zinc? Along with its abundance of magnesium and antioxidants, which helps boost your immune system, dark chocolate (in moderation) can help protect against hearing loss and guard against ear infections.

Brownies are a favorite dessert that usually finds its way on the dinner table during the holidays, but before you dig in, why not try a healthier version? This version of “healthy brownies” that we are about to introduce to you is infused with black beans and walnuts, which are also high in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, manganese, and folic acid. So go ahead and dig in, you won’t have to feel nearly as guilty.

Black Bean Brownie Recipe


• 1 – 15 ounce can or bag of black beans (1 ¾ cups cooked); rinsed and drained
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
• ½ cup maple syrup or honey
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ cup cacao (cocoa) powder
• ½ cup chopped walnuts
• ½ cup dark chocolate chips (remember, at least 70%!)
• Pinch of salt


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
2. Spray your 8- by 8-inch baking dish if needed with a nonstick cooking spray.
3. Combine all of your ingredients (minus walnuts and chocolate chips) in a food processor or blender and process until the batter is smooth.
4. Pour batter into the 8×8 baking dish.
5. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips, or sprinkle evenly across the top.
6. Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes.
7. If you sprinkled walnuts on top, cover the brownies with parchment or aluminum foil about halfway through baking.
8. Let brownies cool completely before cutting.
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