Halloween is loaded with treats that provide empty calories. UPI Health News reports the average child collects an estimated 3500 to 7000 calories worth of candy on this beloved holiday. Wow! That’s a lot of energy. This year include fruit and veggies at your Halloween party and put a spin on your baked goods with a healthier version of your tried and true recipes.
Brownies are a fantastic idea and are super-versatile because you can add a range of Halloween critters to the top. I like to use candy spiders which, I know, do add some sugar, but the rest of the brownie is much healthier. Black bean brownies are a flourless alternative to your go-to recipe; this treat is also fibre and protein-packed. Another twist on the classic brownie- we’ve added California strawberries to the mix for a hint of added sweetness and some sneaky extra nutrition.
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup of quick oats
¾ cup of California strawberries, washed, trimmed and halved
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup maple syrup
1/3 cup of chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate chips into the mixture and stir.
- Pour the batter into a greased pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, let cool for 10 minutes.
- When cooled, cover with frosting or dust with cocoa powder.
- Place candy spiders (or other Halloween candies) on each brownie for a spooky presentation.
- Enjoy your delish black bean brownies!
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