Posted by Nicole

Happy Monday everyone!  Make your Monday much more joyful and make these now!

A few months back, Lauren sent me a link mentioning black bean “healthified” muffins.  I checked out the link, and curiously read this awesome recipe for “Chocolate Banana Bites”

We altered the recipe a bit and this is what we came up with!

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Black Bean Chocolate Muffins (makes 6)

  • ½ can Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • 1 large banana
  • ½ T cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Light Vanilla Soymilk
  • 4 T Guittard’s Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • ½ T chia seeds
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350o and lightly mist a 6-cup muffin pan with baking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until all combined.
  3. Pour mixture into the muffin pan (evenly distributed, about 2-3 Tbsp in each)
  4. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  5. ** IMPORTANT ** Let them cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan.
  6. After they cool, remove from pan and eat, refrigerate, or freeze.

These are sugarless, so sugar can definitely be added for more flavorful muffins!

These little babies were so cute!  The muffin pan, a gift from our dad and family, created perfect little heart-shaped muffins.  We immediately split one because we were anxious to try a muffin that included black beans as an ingredient!  We really liked them; they were surprisingly full-textured.  The banana flavor popped out quite a bit actually!  In our house, we always have a supply of cream cheese frosting in the fridge from cupcake orders. Fork dipped in cream-cheese frosting and right into the chocolate muffin = yummy in thee tummy!

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Overall, we liked these and will definitely make them in the future when our sweet-tooths are in full force.  The only bad thing is that they take an hour to make!  I guess we could freeze them so we always have a few at easy access ;) Try them out, and let us know what you think!

Q4U: Do you like black beans, or do you prefer pinto or refried beans?

Q4U: Have you ever cooked a dessert with beans?

Q4U: What are some healthy swaps you make in your desserts?


9 Responses to Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Muffins

  1. These look really good! And pretty easy to make!

    Your blog is so cute! You should put an “About” section somewhere…so we can no more about you both…where are you from, what you do, etc!

    Can’t wait to read more!!

  2. These look awesome! Will definitely be trying!!!

  3. [...] in a bowl of oats, as a dip, or simply eaten by the spoonful/fingerful.  You can put it on a healthy chocolate black bean muffin, too.  If you want to be really special, you can eat it with giant pretzels.  Sweet + Salty = Our [...]

  4. I will try this! I didn’t have much success with my last black bean brownie recipe (probably because I got in-over-my-head and added a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder too it…) Thanks Nicole & Lauren!

  5. Dana says:

    Wow! Surprising to see a recipe without flour or sugar. Looking forward to trying these! Did they freeze well? I love to make large batches and pop in the freezer for later. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Jill says:

    What size can of beans was used?

  7. Alicia says:

    Do you drain the can?

  8. Shareka says:

    Great idea, only thing is that chocolate!
    Do you have a cup cake idea similar without that ingredient please help me find a substitute

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