This recipe is secretly healthy with a secret high protein ingredient that you’ll secretly pee your pants over…
Though I’m poking fun at the ‘secret’ labels, I understand the need for them in certain cases, as I have a close family member who cringes at anything with ‘healthy’ in the title.
Isn’t it a good thing if something is healthy? I truly believe that now more than ever, people are seeking delicious AND healthy recipes to combat the array of health problems plaguing them. Obesity, allergies, cancer, diabetes…these problems seem to be pervasive, and it’s wonderful to have alternative, wholesome foods to replace the traditionally high fat and sugar-laden versions.
Take this fudge for example. Yes, this recipe has beans in it….but before you click ‘close’ on this post, let me share with you my family’s experience with bean desserts. Not only do my husband and I feel like we tolerate them really well, we also don’t get the sugar highs and lows indicative of so many other treats, which we postulate is a result of the protein component.
Beans also add fiber and a creamy texture that you might otherwise need nuts or extra fat for. They are an awesome replacement for flour and are a well-tolerated food for allergic individuals like my daughter and myself (chickpeas, pinto beans, and black beans were among the small list of foods I was able to eat for many years).
This fudge is so deliciously creamy and luxurious, it rivals anything you’d find at your local candy shop.
Creamy Chocolate Fudge (Nut-Free, Vegan)
- 1 15 oz can black beans , rinsed and drained
- 6 T . coconut oil , melted
- 6 T . cacao or cocoa powder
- 3 T . maple syrup or raw honey
- 1/4 t . sea salt
- 1 1/2 t . vanilla
- 1/8 t . + 1/16 t. powdered stevia extract
- Process all of the ingredients until smooth and well combined (about 2-3 minutes). Take your time with this to be sure it's smooth!
- Pour the batter into a lightly oiled 7 x 5 inch Pyrex dish.
- Refrigerate until firm (2-4 hours).
- Cut and serve!
Adapted from this recipe
If you’re a chocolate mint lover like me, add about 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract for a scrumptious, refreshing treat!
Though beans have a significant carb count, they are also extremely high in protein (one square of this has more protein than a whole chicken egg).
If you’re not a huge chocolate fan, this Detox Fudge may be more your style. Just omit the chocolate chips!
My entire family tolerates and enjoys this delicious, creamy treat, and I wholeheartedly hope yours will too!
Have you ever tried a bean dessert? If so, what’s your favorite?
Shared with: Allergy-Free Wednesday