These Black Beauty Booster Bars hit the spot in all areas from energizing, to hormone balancing, to nutrient packed and great for baking for the kiddo’s to sneak in some of the “not so favorite” foods.
These bars are fiber-rich and contain a secret ingredient that makes they oh-so-fudgey!
I use a base of BLACK BEANS as they’re a great source of protein and complex carbohydrates which help provide energy and balance blood sugar levels. Trust me on this, I know beans and brownies aren’t something you think pair, but test it out, you’d be surprised in the complexity they give these bars. Think fudge + brownies #delicious.
These Black Beauties contain two of my favorite superfoods: maca, which is great for keeping hormone levels balanced, and chaga, which is a mushroom containing high levels of superoxide dismutase (an enzyme that your body naturally makes). Chaga functions in aiding NK (natural killer) cell activity. NK cells are cells that help fight bacterial infections, viruses and cancer cells; a super potent source of antioxidants! If you don’t have chaga on hand feel free to leave out or substitute with another adaptogen of choice. I use cacao to create a sense of chocoalate flavor without the use of dairy and refined sugars. Cacao is also high in magnesium and antioxidants to ward off cancer and keep your skin beautiful!
These bars are super quick to whip up, pop in the oven and enjoy with fresh almond mylk or a glass of tea. They store in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks and hit the spot when your in need of grab and go snacks or dessert options!
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- 15 oz 1 can black beans rinsed
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 cup cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
- 2 whole eggs
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 2 medjool dates
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tsp chaga
- Optional: chopped walnuts cacao nibs, or simple leave plain and smear nut butter on afterwards!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add everything to a food processor and blend until well combined
Pour the black beauty mix in an 8x8 pan greased with coconut oil
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until fork removes clean
Let cool and store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks