Ever wonder what a food blogging Dietitian does on her day off? She makes healthy brownies, of course. Actually, it wasn’t really my day off… Last week, I went to the eye doctor and I stupidly scheduled the appointment for 10am. I didn’t think about the fact that they were going to dilate my eyes and I wouldn’t be able to see anything–including screens. So, I pretty much had nothing to do. No computer, no TV, no books, no magazines, and it was raining out, so no running. But there is a thing that I love to do that doesn’t require reading or seeing that well–cooking.
I’ve been wanting to create something with pumpkin since the beginning of September, and I’ve also been craving sweets with all of my marathon training. I decided to try to healthify the standard brownie with black bean brownies and pumpkin. This healthier version of brownies is moist and full of protein, and you won’t like crap if you have more than one.
Satisfy your hankering for chocolate and pumpkin with these Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies.
Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies
- 1 15-ounce can (1 1/2 cups) of black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened 100% pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- cooking spray
Pumpkin Swirl Topping
- 1/2 cup unsweetened 100% pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
In a food processor, combine the beans, oil, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, oats and baking powder. Process until smooth.
Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray. Pour the brownie mixture into each muffin cup until they are all evenly filled.
Meanwhile, make the topping whisking together the pumpkin, egg, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice. Top each brownie with a small teaspoon of pumpkin topping. For the swirl, use to knife and make a swirling motion onthe top of each brownie.
Bake for 30 minutes minutes. To see if they are done, stick a knife in the brownie. It should come out clean when they are ready.
Once the brownies are cool, sprinkle with coarse sea salt.