HIGH FIBRE & HIGH PROTEIN CHOCOLATE SLICE

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 400g Black Beans (low sodium can, drained & rinsed) 
  • 200g Ground Almonds (I used almond meal)
  • 200g Apple Puree (I used 100% canned whole apples) 
  • 200mL Milk (enriched protein vita soy or skim milk)
  • 4 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Essence
  • 10g Stevia Sweetener (I used sachets)
  • 8 tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • Salt (small pinch)
  • 100g mixed raw or dry roasted nuts (for crunch)  

Method

  • Soak the chia seeds in 1/2 cup of water for roughly 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper
  • Apples - place 200g into a pot with ¼ cup of water, let them simmer and stew in pot until slightly soft. Add cinnamon and a little vanilla. Alternatively, you can use already pureed apple sauce, however I find this is much tastier, fresh and nutritious
  • Use a food processor to blend all ingredients except the whole nuts
  • Once all blended and of smooth consistency, mix through the whole nuts
  • Pour mixture into the baking tray
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a knife or pick come outs clean
  • Allow brownies to cool for 30 minutes, they will set post oven so be patient!

Nutrition Benefits

  • High Fibre 
  • High Protein
  • Plant Based (if you use enriched soy milk)
  • Natural Sugar
  • Healthier Treat, still being mindful of quantity :) 

Note: might need some melted 70% dark chocolate drizzled on top or some sort of icing if you prefer richer!

Idea inspired from Sports Dietitian's Australia, 2017 Conference – John West Black Beans! 

Lane Cove & Cremorne Body Fusion Dietitian - Aimee Boidin http://bodyfusion.com.au/about-our-dietitian/