So next week is Valentine’s Day. As I’ve mentioned before Bunneh and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in the typical fashions. We exchange car parts for gifts and watch action movies while poking fun at commercials featuring candy, flowers, jewelry and cars. However…for recipes there have been a million cute ideas and tasty ideas, so I have kinda been dabbling. Don’t tell Bunneh. 😉 (Who reads this blog, so not like he doesn’t know everything I say about him.)
So for today it’s a Fruitivia Friday and I was looking for a dessert to health up with our favorite flavors. I’ve made Black Bean Brownies before and thought that the addition of Fruitivia to this recipe would add additional fiber and a nice fruit undertone. Both are true. 🙂 So here’s a healthy, pretty brownie. In the 9×9 square pan it makes a thick, moist and chewy brownie which Bunneh loved. I think I’d go for the 9×13 myself and have it be just as moist but a little thinner. These would also make a great base for a trifle. Mm…trifle.
Black Bean and Fruitivia Brownies
1 Family sized Brownie Mix (gluten free works well too)
1/4 cup Ultra Gel
1 can (15 oz) black beans
2 pouches Triple Berry Fusion Fruitivia
Open and rinse black beans before returning to the can. Fill the can, with beans in it, with water. Pour beans and water into a blender and grind well. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine brownie mix and Ultra Gel, mix well. Add bean mixture. Fruitivia can either be added to this mix and stirred in, or squirted on top of the batter and ribboned through just before baking. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. This mixture will take a little longer than a standard mix to bake because of the additional moisture in the beans and Ultra Gel.
Serve unadorned, frosted, in trifle, with whipped cream…the possibilities are endless. 🙂 These brownies provide fiber, vitamin C, protein and antioxidants. However, at around 3-4 grams of fiber per serving, assuming 9 servings, have a care with eating too many of these yummy treats, lest you spend slightly more time in the restroom than you want.