Black bean brownie balls

If you’re not an avid Pinterest user, the combination of black beans (a legume) and chocolate (usually a dessert) might seem kind of weird. Well, if you’re not overly experimental in the kitchen, the whole idea of legumes in desserts probably sounds like a strange one. But just trust me on this one.

The whole dessert food category has had a bit of a makeover in recent times. Recipes filled with butter, sugar and/or flour were once the staple of an after-dinner meal. But that’s no longer the case.

Desserts with benefits

Thanks to the development of healthy ingredient swaps, we can now enjoy desserts with much less guilt and much happier tummies. They can fall under a range of titles: desserts with benefits, clean treats, paleo sweets, low carb goodies and much more.

No matter what you call them, healthy desserts have one defining characteristic – they have to offer some nutrients.

And no, I don’t mean the anti-oxidants that might be present in a family block of milk chocolate. I’m talking about the good stuff:

  • swapping refined grains for legumes
  • swapping butter for fruit or vegetable puree
  • using fruit or vegetables to sweeten instead of refined sugar
  • swapping chocolate chips for cacao nibs
  • sneaking vegetables where ever you can.

We know the best way to live for our health (and our sanity) is to have everything in moderation. But it’s even better when we can get a little bit of added healthiness into our treats.

These black bean brownie balls are the definition of a dessert with benefits. They’re full of complex carbohydrates, satiating plant-based fats and they’re low in sugar. But coming in at 100 calories each, they’re also perfect for an afternoon snack.

Black Bean Brownie Balls
Yields 12
These heavenly (and healthy) rich chocolate black bean brownie balls really are a dessert with benefits.
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Brownie mixture
  1. 1.5 cups cooked black beans (1 400g can) drained, rinsed
  2. 6 Tbsp cocoa powder (60g)
  3. 3 Tbsp peanut butter (60g)
  4. 2 Tbsp honey (40g)
  5. 20 drops liquid stevia (or another 2 Tbsp honey)
  6. 4 Tbsp water or almond milk
Chocolate for dipping/drizzling
  1. 2 Tbsp coconut oil (40g)
  2. 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  3. 1 Tbsp honey
  4. 10 drops liquid stevia (or another Tbsp honey)
  1. Add all brownie ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Line a baking tray or plate with baking paper and use two spoons to divide batter into 12 balls.
  3. Place in the freezer for around 30 minutes to harden.
  4. Meanwhile, add chocolate ingredients to a pot and stir over low heat until smooth.
  5. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Once brownie balls are set, dip in chocolate sauce until coated and return to tray.*
  7. Return chocolate coated balls to freezer for 15 minutes to set.
  8. Store in the fridge or freezer.
  1. Keep these babies nice and cold in the fridge or freezer so the coconut oil chocolate doesn't melt.
  2. *If this is too much effort, drizzle chocolate sauce over balls instead.
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