Jan 18, 2013

Mexican Brownie Cookies… with a secret ingredient!

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Ooooooh. These little guys are the perfect bite to the end of a special dinner! The soft insides, oozing with chocolate, the heat that sort of sneaks up on you, delicate notes of cinnamon and the tangy pops of dried fruit… delicioso! Oh, yeah, and the secret ingredient? Shhhh….. black beans! Unless you tell your unsuspecting diners (or kids), they’ll never know that they are getting some super nutrition from these little bites.

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Healthy trails,






Mexican Brownie Cookies
Sweet and slightly spicy with the plant-power of beans as a secret ingredient!
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  1. 1½ cups cooked or canned black beans, well drained
  2. ½ cup non-alkalized cocoa powder
  3. 2 TBS coconut oil, warmed to liquid state
  4. ½ cup coconut sugar (or any minimally processed sugar)
  5. 2 TBS ground flax + 4 TBS water
  6. ¼ cup whole grain flour (I used spelt)
  7. 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  8. ¼ cup dried cranberries or dried sweet cherries
  9. ¼ cup water
  10. ¼ tsp salt
  11. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (see notes)
  12. 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine flax with the 4 TBS water and set aside while you’re measuring out your other ingredients.
  3. Place the flax mixture and all ingredients, except the chocolate chips and the ¼ cup water in a food processor.
  4. Pulse to combine. Add the water a little at a time. You may not need all of it. The mixture should be very moist but not too wet. Just wet enough that it moves around easily in the food processor.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop dough by scant tablespoons (best if you use a 1″ ice cream scoop!) onto a parchment-lined tray. DON’T FLATTEN. You want them to be a little chubby and they won’t rise much anyway.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Cool and serve!
  1. You can omit or lessen the hot pepper if you’re making these for your kids. They’re still quite yummy without it!
Helyn's Plant-Based Kitchen https://helynskitchen.com/

5 responses to “Mexican Brownie Cookies… with a secret ingredient!”

  1. Kimmie says:

    A dash of chili rocks in hot chocolate too.

  2. I have to say that this is one of my FAVORITE cookie recipes! The black beans keep the cookies moist for a really long time! I like to skip the dried fruit and opt for a nut instead (pecans today). Thanks!!!

  3. Helyn says:

    You're welcome! Glad you love them! 🙂

  4. I’m making these for our local vegan potluck; I’ve made them several times before and just love them! Just wanted to let you know I’ve made them substituting applesauce equally for the coconut oil with no difference texture or taste. Just an option for those readers looking for low/no oil.

    • helynskitchen says:

      Hi Elyse! Wow, thanks so much for letting me know about these… this was one of my first recipe posts (before I was oil-free) so I am going to change it based on your recommendation! 🙂

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