Christmas and cookies might as well be synonyms. And Christmas is no time for eating healthy because there are just too many delicious cookies around. Right?
Wrong. Exhibit A:
So what’s the secret behind these “Secretly Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies” ? Black beans. EWWWW. What? It’s true. But trust me, you cannot taste them AT ALL, just like you can’t taste the whole wheat flour. They just taste like the best, fudgiest, chocolatiest cookies you ever did eat. It’s kind of like a brownie in cookies form. You’ll want to eat more than one….and you can. Because they’re HEALTHY!!
Healthy enough for breakfast, dare I say it?
If you don’t believe me, I completely understand. It’s not easy to find a good healthy cookies recipe- it took me at least 5 times to get this recipe right! BUT, they are 11-year old boy approved, so if that doesn’t convince you to give them a try, I don’t know what will. So please, try to find some time in between making your ten batches of holiday themed sugar cookies (what, you don’t make ten batches?), and whip up a batch of these Secretly Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies.
- 1 can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed well
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1.5 Tbsp. peanut butter/nut butter of choice
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup + 1 T. sugar (see note)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 375 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine black beans, milk, peanut butter, and olive oil in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Add in whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, and continue processing until combined and mousse-like.
- Stir in ⅓ c. dark chocolate chips.
- Spoon 16 dollops evenly spaced dollops of the batter onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with the extra chocolate chips.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cool slightly, then put on a baking rack until they are cooled completely.
*The sugar in this recipe can be reduced to about ⅓ c. if you prefer the cookies to be less sweet.
(inspired by this recipe!)
Just don’t tell anyone that they’re healthy cookies, okay? And have a Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! (Home Alone references rock, duh)