PEANUT BUTTER COFFEE BROWNIES

I've had this recipe in my head for some time. 

Every time I think about brownies, a scene from the movie, Accepted, comes to mind. In case you haven't seen it, the premise is that a kid is rejected from every college, so he creates his own to trick his parents. One character in the movie is somewhat of a savant cook and makes an intense brownie (no, not those kind) which he calls wads. Each time I decide to tweak a brownie recipe I always wonder if they'll come out like those magical wads. 

While these might not be wads, they're pretty magical in the nutrients they pack. Aside from the delicious combination of peanut butter, coffee, and chocolate, these bites are free of refined sugar and processed flour. 

With the addition of goji berries and hemp hearts, you can ingest great levels of antioxidants, which help prevent against cardiovascular disease and inflammation from the berries, as well as a good dose of omega-3s and protein from the hemp. 

These brownies are not only great to satisfy your sweet tooth, but a health snack to keep you full during the day and take care of the 3 PM chocolate craving. 

 

Ingredients:

  •  1 tablespoon ground coffee or espresso
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coffee flour
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • Goji berries, non-dairy chocolate chips, and hemp hearts for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor combine the maple syrup, black beans, coconut oil, cocoa powder, coffee flour, espresso, eggs, water and peanut butter until smooth. 
  3. Fold in the almonds and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into an 8x8 square baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth the surface.
  5. Top with additional chocolate chips, goji berries, and hemp hearts.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
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