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Type 1 or 2 Diabetes? Enjoy These Healthy, Low Carb Recipes That Are Also Delicious!

Jenny of Integrated Diabetes Services dishes up a favorite low-carb desert!

Who doesn’t love a nice fudgy brownie? I haven’t met many people who wouldn’t take chocolate as a treat in one form or another. To make these a bit healthier as well as much friendlier for blood glucose control, you’d be surprised what you can do with a bean!

Black bean brownies are a wonderful way to transition the traditional chocolate brownie into a healthier option. Black beans are wonderful to use in substitution for flour in some recipes and they have a mild flavor that gets lost in the baked good, they offer a creamy quality and are full of protein and fiber.

Black Bean Brownies:


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs or Flax eggs (2Tbsp Flaxmeal, 6Tbsp warm water)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ? cup coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (or for lower carb, use the Lily’s Sweets Stevia sweetened Baking chips –  http://lilyssweets.com/baking-chips/)

** To change flavor of brownies, consider adding peanut butter powder or peppermint essential oil to the recipe (4 drops oil or ¼ cup PB powder). Another option is to use Cannellini beans in place of black beans and add in blueberries, lemon extract, and eliminate the cocoa powder.


  1. Set oven to 350° F.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a high power blender or a food processor, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into 8×8-inch baking pan (glass works better than metal) and stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Top the batter with the other ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in oven for 30-35 min (depending on oven) – toothpick inserted should come out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in pan and cut into 16 portions.

Nutritional Facts:

  1. Nutrition facts:

    Calories with eggs, regular chocolate chips: 144kcal, Fat – 7g, Protein – 3g, Carbs – 18g, Fiber – 2g

    Calories with Flaxmeal and Lily’s stevia chocolate chips: 111kcal, Fat – 6g, Protein – 2g, Carbs – 15g, Fiber – 3g

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