Workplace Favorite Gets a Heart-healthy Makeover

Meetings and workplace celebrations don’t have to serve up extra calories and bad-for-you fats. Alma Hopkins, RD, LD, shared these brownies at a recent MCSHC steering committee meeting and was generous enough to share the recipe too. Thanks Alma!

Alma Hopkins’ Heart Healthy Brownies
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray or oil a 9” x 13” inch baking pan.

In a small bowl, combine:

  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cups raw sugar
  • ½ cup strong coffee, cooled

In a large bowl, combine:

  • 1½ cups flour (I use ¾ cups of a 1:1 ratio of whole wheat to white wheat flour by Hodgson Mill plus ¾ cups unbleached white)
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (use 4 teaspoons if you prefer cake-like brownies)
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds

In a blender, pour the applesauce mixture and add:

  • 2 cups cooked (or canned) black beans, rinsed.

Puree until well blended (few seconds).

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the blended applesauce mixture. Mix until just combined, then gently fold in:

  • 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet or dark vegan chocolate morsels or chips (I prefer the morsels)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped unsalted natural almonds (optional)

Spread in prepared pan and bake in preheated oven 30-35 minutes, until center is firm and not sticky. Decrease cooking time if using all white flour. Cool completely before slicing into squares.

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