Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mud Pie Cookies - Vegan & Delicious!

Every week, I make it my goal to make a healthy dessert with no added sugar for you.

I want it to never have added sugar, to be vegan, and to be DELICIOUS. I think I found another good one for you this week ;)

I wanted something with chocolate, and only took about 3 minutes of searching before I found these. These people are GENIUSES. I don't know if they came up with it, but I know they were GOOD! I only tweaked a couple of things (I wanted walnuts, and less flour). Check out their website, they have some great recipes!!

Also - I found that these taste even BETTER when you put them in the fridge after they've cooled - I had a couple of them the next day pre-workout and let me tell you: they tasted amazing AND gave me great energy for my workout!

Ok, so what you need:
  • 15-ounce can cooked black beans (or 1½ cups cooked)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp milk (or almond milk)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 5 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour or rice flour, for gluten free (I used whole wheat, but would like to try almond flour next time!)
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tspt baking powder
  • ¾ to 1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Rinse the beans and drain them; save out a few beans for decoration, if you'd like. In the bowl of a food processor, add the remainder of the black beans, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoons milk, and ½ cup honey. Blend until smooth.

Add 5 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons flour,1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¾ to 1 teaspoon kosher salt to the bean mixture and blend until smooth and the batter resembles a thick mousse.

I could only mix some of the above ingredients together, as I had a small food processor. I used a fork to whip the rest of the ingredients together:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon 12 evenly distributed dollops of batter. Bake for around 10 minutes (the cookies should still be a little soft when you remove them from the oven). Place the saved black beans on top. Wait a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!!! And if you try a different form of flour, please let me know in the comments below how it comes out, I'd like to try different variations! :)

Also for those following, know that every time I make us cookies that are healthy, I make my little guy cookies that are safe for him. I made him sunbutter cookies at the same time I made these ;) Gotta make sure he doesn't miss out! I'll post our recipe for those next week! :)

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