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Super Raspberry Protein Brownies

16 servings

Source: Power Foods for the Brain by Neal D. Barnard, M.D.; photo by Kathy Patalsky

A brownie made with beans? You bet! The beans add fiber, calcium, and protein, making these brownies a nutrition indulgence.

About the Recipe

145 Calories · 5 g Protein · 8 g Fiber


Makes 16 Servings

  • safflower oil (1/4 tsp.)
  • low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed (2 15-ounce cans)
  • pitted dates (1 cup)
  • all-fruit raspberry jam (1 cup)
  • pure vanilla extract (1 tbsp.)
  • whole-wheat pastry flour (1/2 cup)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (1 cup)
  • sea salt (1/4 tsp. )


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with the oil.

  2. Combine the black beans, dates, jam, and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth.

  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and process again. 

  4. Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top looks set.

  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely, then cut into 16 squares.

  7. The brownies will keep, refrigerated in a covered container, for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1/16 of recipe)

Calories: 145
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 33 g
Sugar: 15 g
Total Fat: 1 g
     Calories from Fat: 7%
Fiber: 8 g
Sodium: 110 mg

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