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Joe Marich of Lakeline has what you might consider a tough challenge: His job. The owner of an Eastlake bakery said he wants to get back to his active ways and get control of his weight.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Healthy Brownies

Brownies are one of my all-time favorite deserts.  They're moist, chocolate-y and oh so decadent.

Unfortunately, most brownies in stores and coffee shops are loaded with white sugar, white flour, table salt and trans fats, all ingredients that are bad for your health and your waistline.

I would like to share a recipe with you that gives you the moistest, chocolate deliciousness you'd want without any of the harmful ingredients found in typical brownies.  And it's based on a main ingredient that will surprise you!

The recipe is super easy to make and uses ingredients you can find anywhere.


1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1.5 large eggs
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup dates, soaked then chopped
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp dark chocolate chips


1.  Pre-heat oven to 350F
2.  Rinse and drain black beans well
3.  Add all ingredients except chocolate chips into a food processor or blender and process until very smooth.
4.  Stir in chocolate chips
5.  Pour batter into a rectangular loaf pan that has been brushed with butter or olive oil
6.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, do not overbake
7.  Brownies are ready when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
8.  Cool and cut into squares

This recipe make 8 delicious, moist brownies and each brownie has:

155 calories
6.7 grams of protein
23.1 grams of quality carbs (4.8 grams of fiber and 6.7 grams of sugar)
4.9 grams of healthy fats

My cost analysis found that each brownie cost a mere .44 each.

And these brownies are actually healthy for you!  I always use the best ingredients such as Eden Organic Beans, Cocoa Camino cocoa powder and chocolate chips, Organic free range eggs and high quality versions of everything else.

If you like the idea of tasty treats made from natural ingredients that are actually GOOD for you, give this recipe a try! 


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