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Cheers to the holidays! Every day is a good day to make foods that guard against cognitive decline. Studies have shown that a diet full of clean ingredients, along with plenty of healthy fat, can combat the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The star of this gluten and grain-free recipe is fiber-rich and protein-filled beans, along with the healthy fats from egg yolks and almond butter. Fat is something that can help with brain healthy longevity. This recipe is also extremely gut-health friendly because of the fair amount of fiber from the black beans. Fiber from varied sources has been shown to be beneficial to gut health.

Dark chocolate not only tastes terrific, but it is also good for you! Dark chocolate contains trace minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, and magnesium.

Reveal the main ingredient AFTER the brownies are consumed, as they are so dense and chocolaty that usually no one can believe that healthy, fiber-rich beans are the backbone of this recipe.

Ingredients

  • One 15 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy pieces

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 inch x 9 inch pan with cooking spray or coconut oil.
  2. Line the pan with a square of parchment paper and then grease the parchment paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and the peppermint candy pieces in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
  4. Stir the ingredients in ¾ cup of the chocolate chips, and then pour the mixture into the greased 9 inch x 9 inch pan.
  5. Place the brownies into the preheated oven and cook for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and the peppermint candy.
  7. Let the brownies cool for at least 25 minutes before cutting into them.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0

Amount Per Serving

calories 276

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 7 g

11 %

Saturated Fat 3 g

14 %

Monounsaturated Fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 47 mg

16 %

Sodium 177 mg

7 %

Potassium 577 mg

16 %

Total Carbohydrate 45 g

15 %

Dietary Fiber 7 g

26 %

Sugars 17 g

Protein 11 g

22 %

Vitamin A

1 %

Vitamin C

0 %

Calcium

59 %

Iron

6 %

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

About the Author(s)

Leslie Myers is a culinary professional with over thirty years of experience including healthy eating and cooking specialist, culinary instructor, restaurant owner and operator, caterer, operations manager, pastry chef, raw foods chef and culinary instructor. She is the owner of Foodsense, Now, a Solana Beach-based company which focuses on healthy eating for athletes. She is also the Professional Chef for Home Care Assistance, where she creates delicious recipes that promote brain health and healthy longevity and are appropriate for the changing dietary needs of seniors.

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