Cooking, Family, weekend leisure

Totally V E G A N Brownies. . .

Have you heard of Dr. Joel Fuhrman? My hubby and I drastically changed our eating style two years ago this June, after reading his work on the effects of clean eating on health and wellness.

It’s his hypothesis that a significant number of ailments can be essentially cured, simply by following what he calls a ‘nutritarian’ diet.  (Which is basically vegan+! In addition to following a zero animal product mean plan, you also commit to no oils, no salts, no sugars of any kind, no processed foods. Zip Ziltch Nada!)

( If you’re curious about the Fuhrman way of eating, you can explore his website HERE  )

But this is not an advertisement for that type of lifestyle. However, I do want to share this AMAZING brownie recipe with you. Because it’s delicious. And because frankly, the fact that these treats are made entirely from healthy foods and nothing else is mind boggling.

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Not your typical brownie ingredients, that’s for sure!


Things to remember: 

You will absolutely need either a decent sized food processor, or a blender handy. There’s no way to make the blackens and dates smooth enough without!

And another pro tip, if I may? Have Patience!

I made this using my brand new Cuisinart – and it STILL took quite a lot of mixing time before the batter was good and smooth.

Take your time – it will pay off in the long run!



  • 2 cups (about 2 cans) of no salt added or low sodium black beans
  • 10 Medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp almond butter


Preheat oven to 200°F. Blend the black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth.

Add the cocoa powder, and chia seeds and blend again. Pour into a very lightly oiled 8×8-inch baking pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours.


While cooling, throw together – 1 avocado, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup cocoa powder and just a splash of vanilla back into the ol’ food processor and blend until creamy. (Add water as needed to get the right consistency!)

Spread overtop of your fully cooled brownies, and then refrigerate for at least a few hours. (They definitely taste fudgier when eaten chilled!

Don’t forget to top with raspberries!


( For the link to the recipe I used, just click HERE )

Bon Appetite!







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