*Power-Up* Hot Chocolate Brownies (powered by plant proteins)
When I ran my first half marathon last year, I was so entertained by all the signs people would design to help cheer on the runners. I got so into it. I would even laugh and point at them until they saw me or yell "love it!" at them while I run by. I want them to know I appreciate their creativity and effort. It's fun, I swear!
My favorite sign has to be the "tap here to power up" with the Mario Kart mushroom drawn on it. IDK about you, but I was obsessed with playing Mario Kart on my Nintendo 64. #90sKid So when I saw it for the first time, I just had to run over and slap the poster.
No lie, it really made me feel an extra boost of power to push me to my next mile. Running is, after all, just a mind game.
These brownies are inspired by that "power me up" moment we all need at that last hill of the race.
Make sure to read my post 'How to Fuel your Next Workout.'
The brownies are packed with plant protein. And no, not from a manufactured bag, but from real foods.
The two special ingredients: black beans and walnuts. The black beans are pureed. So in addition to providing protein and fiber (which are known to promote satiety and prevent overeating), the pureed beans add a creamy, fudgy texture. The walnuts bring a nice crunch and a punch of omega-3s. Exactly what you need to pick up your knees!
These make the perfect snack to prime your muscles for what's ahead. I even added some of the brownie crumbs to my vanilla greek yogurt for the perfect topping. YUM.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup black beans, pureed
- 3/4 cup hot chocolate powder
- 1.5 cups of sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts, crushed
Black Bean Puree:
1. Place cooked or rinsed and drained canned lentils into a blender or food processor. For every 1 cup lentils, add 1/4 cup water. Blend to make a smooth puree with a consistency resembling a canned pumpkin.
2. Preheat oven to 350F. Melt coconut oil; in a medium-sized bowl mix in black bean puree, hot chocolate powder, sugar, and salt. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla, flour, chocolate chips and walnuts.
3. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Enjoy the chocolatey goodness!
Made too much for yourself? Bring them to work! You'll be everyone's new favorite coworker.