In the ?Blue Zones,? sweets are consumed asÿa celebratory food and only sparingly. If you are in need of celebratory brownies, consider making themÿhealthier and lower in refined sugar and grainsÿby incorporating black beans to provide protein, complex carbohydrates and antioxidants.


15 oz black beans drained & rinsed 2 whole bananas 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (and/or cacao powder) 1/3 cup agave nectar 1/2 cup dry oats 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips 1/2 cup almond butter or whatever nut butter you prefer 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8ž8 pan and set aside. (Recommend greasing with Coconut Oil Spray) Combine all ingredients except for the oats and chocolate chips and blend in a high-speed blender or food processor. Pour into a bowl and mix in the oats and chocolate chips. Pour into the pan and bake for 30 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick through. Let cool before serving.
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