The holidays are in full swing and so is my candy cane obsession! I don’t really eat candy canes by themselves but I LOVE them in baking. Candy Canes add a festive peppermint crunch to these healthy gluten free brownies. Yeah, that’s right; candy cane black bean brownies are actually healthy!

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Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies are sweetened with honey and laced with sweet chocolate chips and minty candy canes. The fibre in the black beans will regulate the speed at which sugars are released into your body. This means that Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies won’t spike your sugar levels and you won’t end up with a sugar crash a couple hours later. For more yummy dessert recipes that won’t send you into a sugar coma, check out my cookbook Healthy Dairy Free Desserts.

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With two cups of black beans and three eggs, Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies are pretty high in protein as well. I promise you won’t be able to tell there are black beans hiding in there, you can’t taste them and the texture is moist and gooey with a crisp crust, just like regular brownies.

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Health Benefits of Black Beans

Black beans are an excellent source of fibre and protein. As I mentioned above, protein and fibre help to steady the digestive processes which means that the food moves through the digestive system at a comfortable pace, without placing a burden on any one part of the digestive tract. This also means that the release of sugars into the blood is regulated to avoid sugar spikes and crashes. Black beans have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help in the prevention of cancer, especially colon cancer. Black beans are also very high in folate, the B Vitamin responsible for decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. They are also a good source of antioxidant promoting manganese, relaxing magnesium and blood building iron.

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You can whip up these gluten-free Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies in 15 minutes or less with the help of a food processor. First, put on some festive tunes and get into the holiday spirit. Check out this video with Bright Almond which also features my Candy Cane Carob Bark.

To crush the candy canes, you can pulse them in a smaller food processor a couple times or put them in a strong bag and whack them on the floor or with a mallet. This is a great way to release any built up holiday stress! Keep your eyes open for organic candy canes, they are hard to find but they don’t contain processed sugar or artificial dyes.

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Gluten Free Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies

(gluten free, nut free)

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 35-40 minutes | Serving size: 12 brownies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup gluten free oats
  • 19 oz Black Beans, drained and rinsed or 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed organic candy canes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the oats in a food processor and process until you reach flour like consistency.
  3. Add the beans, eggs, coconut oil, cacao, honey, baking powder and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  4. Gently fold in chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
  5. Transfer into the pan and even out the top with a wet spatula.
  6. Bake the brownies for 40-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Cool Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies before slicing and enjoy!
What is your favourite holiday recipe or candy? Feel free to leave some delicious recipe links below!

For more holiday cheer check out the recipes below!

Spelt Sugar Cookies are perfect for a cookie decorating party! They are a sweet treat that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside topped with a sugary icing glaze.

Butterscotch Scone Cookies are dense, chewy and not too sweet. They also make a great cookie dough ball if you sub the egg for a chia or flax egg!

Cherry Macaroons are white and red and full of holiday cheer. They are super easy to make and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dried cherries.

Roasted Chicken is a great holiday meal if you don’t have time or space to roast a turkey! You can stuff the chicken with dressing, skip the veggies and use the drippings to make a delicious gravy.

 

Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Holiday
Author: Jesse Lane Schelew, CNP
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies are sweetened with honey and laced with sweet chocolate chips and minty candy canes.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup gluten free oats
  • 19 oz Black Beans, drained and rinsed or 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed organic candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the oats in a food processor and process until you reach flour like consistency.
  3. Add the beans, eggs, coconut oil, cacao, honey, baking powder and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  4. Gently fold in chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
  5. Transfer into the pan and even out the top with a wet spatula.
  6. Bake the brownies for 40-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool Candy Cane Black Bean Brownies before slicing and enjoy!

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