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Blue Wave Brownies

June 18, 2018

Target Healthy Eating

These brownies are so healthy and delicious, I had one with my coffee Sunday morning. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
If we shared some with you, and asked whether you liked the chocolate, you would give a positive reply, not in the least bit cognizant that two of the ingredients are black beans and avocado. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
These brownies are one of the healthiest desserts I have ever made. Think about it: dark chocolate, avocado, black beans, walnuts: all heart healthy foods. Easy to make and because they're so healthy, you'll be making them all the time now; hopefully! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1/2 cup unsweetened Belgian cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of your best vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 can black beans, rinsed very well and drained, then lightly paper toweled

3 large eggs

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 pinch Kosher salt

1 cup dark Belgian chocolate chips, measure them out and set aside

1 large ripe avocado

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup walnuts

Easy ingredients to find. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Toast the walnuts then chop them coarsely and set aside.

About to toast the walnuts. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
After toasting the walnuts, chopping them. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

3. Measure the chocolate chips, then set aside

Starting to measure out the chocolate chips. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

4. With coconut oil, oil a square baking dish, about 8x8, or a small rectangular dish

5. Into a food processor, add all the ingredients, except for the two above, the walnuts and the chocolate chips. Set the nuts and the chips aside

My food processor makes my recipe world possible; without it, most of my recipes would take much too long. We're so lucky to have it. This whole recipe, pretty much depends on this precious piece of equipment, since all but two of the ingredients, simply get tossed in the processor, pulsed, blended and that's it! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Growing up, I cooked in the kitchen with my mother, and really enjoyed it. My father thought I should go to the Cornell School of Home Economics (now gone & I went to Columbia University instead). My specialty in those days was creating salads and the dressing for roast turkey and chicken. My mother's sense of whimsey made preparing food fun. A banana cut in half, sliced, with skin left, became a banana boat with men in the boat. A hot cooked cereal called wheatina, became tiger cereal when raisins were added. You get the picture, the kitchen was a fun place for me. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
The unbelievable becomes believable, homemade brownies made with avocado. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
And, the chocolate batter is done. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This chocolate batter is as finger-lickin' good as it was in the kitchen of my childhood. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

6. Pulse all the ingredients until you get a nice smooth chocolate batter

7. With a spatula, scrape and pour the chocolate batter out of the food processor and into the buttered baking dish.

Adding the chocolate chips. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

8. Add the chocolate chips to the batter and with the spatula, mix the chips into the batter. Sort of swirl them around.

Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top of the batter and bake, watching carefully that nothing burns. Each oven is different. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

9. Over the top of the batter, sprinkle the chopped walnuts that you have toasted.

Good around the clock: dessert, snack, breakfast with coffee, take to school or to the office. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

10. Bake, uncovered for 25 minutes, and check with a toothpick to see if they're done. If toothpick doesn't come out smoothly and clean, bake for another 10 minutes and test again. If not ready, bake for another 5 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with no batter sticking to it.

11. When you take the brownies out of the oven, don't serve them right away. Let them sit in the baking dish, on top of the stove, to cool down for about 30 minutes.

12. Serve plain or with ice cream, whipped cream, low calorie cool whip, etc.

This is the piece I had with my coffee, Sunday morning. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
One of the best Pinot Noirs around, Paul Hobbs, Napa Valley. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
We started with the Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, baked zucchini sticks and a salad. Then curried cauliflower over saffron rice. Finally, dessert, the unbelievably (low calorie, and healthy) delicious brownies with cool whip on top. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Have a great week everyone!

Bon Appetit!

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