My husband and my son are two of the pickiest eaters on the planet. I've had to sneak healthy things into 'junk food' recipes. It can get exhausting trying to find things they'll eat.

I found a chocolate muffin/brownie hybrid recipe that featured black beans as the main ingredient. I was a little skeptical at first but, I tried them and they taste exactly like chocolate brownies. I could not tell the difference.

I decided to test them on my mom and my sisters first. I brought them to my mom's house, served them up, and waited for reactions. No one mentioned anything outside of letting me know they were good. You should have seen the look on their faces when I told them the main ingredient was, wait for it...BEANS. They looked like I had just poisoned them...but, they couldn't deny that they would have had no idea had I not said anything.

So, the real test came down to my husband and my son...would they be able to tell? I didn't make a big deal about it at all. I left the muffins in a container on the counter. It wasn't long before my husband was rummaging through the kitchen and snacking on the muffins. I later asked how they were and he said, 'they were really good'.

I laughed out loud! Then said, "wanna know what's in them?" I regret having said anything at all. He got this awful look on his face and said, "do I want to know?" and I said, "you're eating beans".

He now refuses to eat any baked goods that I make because he says he 'can't trust' me. But, there's no denying that he enjoyed them before he knew they were made of beans.

So, if you've got picky eaters at home and you're trying to get them to eat healthier, try out this recipe...but, don't tell them they're made with beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

You'll need a food processor or good blender. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the black beans in the food processor with the eggs and grind up really good. Next, add in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. Blend that well in the food processor. Remote it from the food processor and fold in the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Once it's all mixed well, fold in the chocolate chips...it's that easy.

This recipe makes 12-18 muffins depending on muffin tin sizes. Bake the muffins for about 25 minutes or until they're no longer the consistency of batter in the middle.

Depending on how large your muffins are, calories range anywhere from 100 calories to 160 calories. These things are packed with protein and fiber. This would make the perfect after school snack that'll satisfy the most intense sweet tooth and chocolate craving! And, NO, they do NOT taste like beans...

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