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by Christina Anania

New year, new brownie recipe! This dessert has been one of my favorites for a long time and, once you try it, you'll understand why. It's extremely soft, chewy and full of decadent chocolate flavor. Plus, it's packed with whole-food ingredients — yay! 

Luckily, the brownie mixture is simple to make and requires very minimal ingredients. While the black beans may throw you off, I promise you cannot taste them! With the combination of chocolate and maple syrup, you’ll be fooled into knowing they're even there. Top 'em off with dark chocolate, bananas, nuts and peanut butter, and you're in for one decadent experience.

In addition to the chocolate (the best part, in my opinion!) is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. This ingredient helps support healthy hair, skin, nails and joints.** Plus, the collagen easily dissolves into all types of hot and cold liquids and is odorless and flavorless. It's a perfect addition!

So, the next time you're looking to curb your sweet tooth cravings, and want to avoid too many artificial sugars, try this recipe. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Double Chocolate Banana Brownies

Yields 10-12 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/3 C maple syrup
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate (divided)
  • 1 banana (sliced)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. 
  2. In a food processor, combine all of your ingredients except for the banana and half of the dark chocolate. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Transfer brownie mix into the baking dish and evenly distribute throughout.
  4. Top with banana slices with additional dark chocolate pieces.
  5. Bake the brownie for 30-40 minutes and remove it from the oven.
  6. Let it cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.