These rich, moist brownies are extra chocolately, aren’t overly sweet, and have a hint of peppermint, making them an easy treat to whip up during holiday get-togethers. Plus, as an added bonus, they are loaded with lots of good-for-you ingredients, including black beans, spinach, bananas, and flax seeds, but no one needs to know because they taste so good.
Rich Peppermint Brownies
1 cup canned black beans
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 small banana, broken into thirds
2 Tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed into 9 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus 1/2 cup to be mixed into batter)
2 Tablespoons vegan butter
2 Tablespoons peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees.
2. Mix black beans, oil, spinach, banana, sugar, flax seed, and cocoa in a food processor, pulsing until smooth.
3. Microwave the 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegan butter in a glass dish for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, or until chocolate is melted. Allow the chocolate mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
4. Add chocolate, peppermint extract, and salt to the mixture in the food processor and pulse to mix. Add chocolate mixture to a glass bowl and mix in flour and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Stir to incorporate. Pour mixture into a glass 9 x 9 pan and top with chopped pecans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting.