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It is no secret that I am a big fan of sweets. It is really difficult for me to go an entire day without some kind of treat. But I know how bad sugar is for the body and I am always in planning mode to give up refined sugar. Sigh.
While scanning blogs and Pinterest I have noticed all sorts of recipes for various "healthy" desserts. Of course I click on those links and I am usually disappointed to find that the recipes use fake sweeteners, aka poison, or some other sort of chemical-laden ingredient, like pudding mix or Cool Whip. It has taken me a little time to brainstorm and test recipes but I have come up with what I feel are some really great healthy alternatives to traditional desserts!
Before we get started, let me just say that I know this recipe has coconut in it and that people either love or hate coconut. If you are the type that hates coconut, PLEASE keep reading and know that the coconut can easily be omitted without compromising taste :)
And now...drumroll please...
Coconut Brownie Dip
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup nut or seed butter (I used sunflower butter bc of L's allergy)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp oats
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4-6 tbsp sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup, but you could used agave or honey, too)
1/3 cup dehydrated coconut
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a food processor first place the oats and pulse a few seconds.
Add the all other ingredients except the coconut and chocolate chips. Blend until smooth and scoop into a bowl. Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.
For extra fun, top with a little extra coconut or chips.
This dip is great at room temperature or chilled. You will want to store it in the fridge.
It's great with fresh strawberries, bananas and apples. L and I also snacked on graham crackers topped with Brownie Dip. Or you can always just eat it straight from the bowl!
As I said, L loved it, so it's preschooler approved. My mother-in-law volunteered (sort of) to do a taste test. She knew it was brownie dip but didn't know it was made with beans. She gave it 2 thumbs up!
Enjoy this recipe and please let me know if you try it!