Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Black Bean Brownie Batter Dip..AKA possibly the most heavenly thing on earth.

Hey friends! Wow so I have been really terribly at posting recently..almost a month with not a single post! final season has certainly taken its toll. BUT in better news, I'm thinking that this recipe I'm about to put up on here will make up for an extended lack of recipes. At least in my opinion I think its that good. It's kind of a spin on my black bean brownie recipe (which is heavenly by if you haven't tried it please do!!) but I'm the type of person that likes a more....shall we call it "interactive" way of eating (dipping, ripping, etc.). This recipe is perfect for that. You can dip pretty much anything you please into this dip, so far I've done apples, little Trader Joe's cat cookies, and pears, all of which were really tasty. But the possibilities are endlessly delicious. And the best part? This tastes almost exactly like real brownie batter, but is super duper healthy and high protein at the same time! So please, indulge!

Black Bean Brownie Batter Dip:
1 15 oz can of black beans or 15 oz soaked and cooked black beans, rinsed really really well
3 Tbs nut butter (I used sunflower seed due to a certain someone's allergies, but play around and see what you like!)
5-6 oz runny clear honey (depending on how sweet you want it, and preferably using raw cuz its so dang good for you!)
5 Tbs cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of sea salt

1. Puree the black beans in a food processor until they are quite smooth and don't have any little bean-y lumps in them
2. Add the nut butter and honey and puree til smooth
3. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla and sea salt and once again puree til smooth. And there you have it, enjoy!!

Health Benefits!!
Black Beans-High in protein and fiber, they contain molybdenum which helps detoxify the body, high in zinc, copper, magnesium, and contain skin-protecting antioxidants. 
Dark Chocolate-  higher in healthy antioxidants, lower in sugar and saturated fats. Antioxidants are good for raising healthy cholesterol, which is great for the heart and have been proven to significantly lower risk of heart failure
Raw Honey- Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, and eliminates allergies. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
Sunflower seeds- Sunflower seeds improve digestion, brain power and cardiovascular system; it is rich in magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and iron


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