CHRISTMAS CROWNIES

Looking for a healthier treat to take on the road this week? Find the baker in your house and have them whip up Christmas Crownies made with black beans! Yep, you heard it right, black bean brownies high in protein and fiber! Don’t worry, you would never know!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)

Crownie Peppermint Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) tub-style light cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 16 hard peppermint candies, finely crushed (about 1/3 cup)

Crownie Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Lightly grease 16 muffin tins or use foil muffin holders
  3. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar and instant coffee in a blender. Blend until smooth. 
  4. Pour the mixture into the muffin tins.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven approximately 12-13 minutes or until crownies spring back when lightly touched in the center. 
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack 10 minutes, then remove and let crownies finish cooking completely. 

Crownie Peppermint Frosting Directions: 

  1. Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, and peppermint extract in a bowl, stirring until smooth. 
  2. Spread approximately 4 teaspoons of icing on each crownie and sprinkle crushed peppermint evenly on cooled crownies.

Nutrition Facts (serves 16, serving size per crownie):

Calories: 188 | Fat: 6 g | Carbohydrate: 30g | fiber: 2.6 g | protein: 4g

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