My Bariatric Life: Too Good to be True Holiday Brownies, Fudge, & Cookies from Beans Recipes!

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Grains and desserts are not part of the bariatric diet So many of us weight-loss surgery patients either miss out on Christmas confections, or we discredit ourselves and our success by taking in a few sugary starchy treats.

Now, just in time for the holidays, is my favorite recipe book collection for grain-free desserts that are perfect for people who want to maintain their weight-loss and enjoy the occasional sweet during this "most wonderful time of the year." Click on the image below to see the entire grain-free desserts collection.

One of my favorite treats on occasion are rich dark chocolate brownies -- made guilt and grain-free!

Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Made from black beans, without a trace of flour, this recipe is too good to be true! Yummy brownies made from black beans, you say??? It's true! Even my flour and sugar-eating friends fall head-over-heels when I serve these brownies for dessert. I like them served with a hot cup of peppermint tea... you can't go wrong with chocolate and peppermint; it's so very Christmas!

Ingredients* 1 15-1/2 oz can of** black beans** (rinsed and drained)

  • 3 eggs* 3 TBS** canola oil*** 1/4 c** unsweetenearocoa powder** (100% cacao)

  • 1 pinch sealt* 1 tsp** vanilla extract*** 3/4 cup** Nevella no calorie sweetener*** 1 tsp** instant coffee*** 1/2 cup** choppealnut** pieces* 1/2 cup** dark chocolate chipirections**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish.

Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, Nevella, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the walnut pieces and chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

Cool for 5-minutes in the pan. Then cool on a wire rack for 30-minutes. Cut into 16 pieces and serve!

More Grain-free Dessert Recipes to Enjoy!

There are an abundance of recipes on the Internet for brownies, cookies, fudge, and cakes made from beans. Give any of these a try and let me know what you think:

See other recipes in my collection! Simple use the search bar in obesity, located in the top right of this page, and type in the words "** bariatric recipe**." My recipes should pop to the top of your results list!

I am sharing my wonderful recipe make-overs with you that have helped me to be successful in maintaining my weight loss from bariatric surgery in 2003. These include delicious protein shakes* some of which taste even better than the delicious fat and sugar-laden Frappucinos at Starbucks,** protein bars** that are far more healthy and affordable than those you buy online/in-store, and awesome** recipe-makeovers of foods you love** but are no longer part of a bariatric life food plan.

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You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.