I'm all about sweet treats, and it's a bonus when those treats can be "healthied" up a bit!
AND, when they are simple to make (and only have two ingredients...) it's a total win!
Que: black bean chocolate cake!
(Don't be freaked out, you can't taste the black beans one bit!)
What you need:
1 can of black beans
1 box of chocolate cake mix
Chocolate chips (optional!)
Pour the whole can of black beans into a blender and puree.
Once pureed, slowly add the cake mix into the blender. The batter will start to get pretty thick, so you will need to stop the blender and help stir every now and then.
Next, pour the batter into a greased 9x9 pan, top with chocolate chips (optional, but obviously a very good idea!), and bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
And tada! A moist, delicious chocolate cake that tastes 100% like the real deal!
Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top or serve with a few berries (...or, if you're like me, a scoop of ice cream!), and you've got yourself a pretty perfect after dinner treat (that happens to have a little extra protein, fiber, and vitamins!).
As with most of my desserts that contain "unique" ingredients, I don't let John in on the secret until he is already half-way through the pan... works like a charm! ;)
You can make black bean brownies by simply substituting the cake mix for a brownie mix!
You can learn more about the health benefits of black beans here.