Photo courtesy of Lemons + Zest.

Craving brownies without the guilt? This healthy recipe from Lemons + Zest is the answer! Just toss all the ingredients into your food processor, put the mixture into a pan, and bake! In 30 minutes, you will be enjoying delicious, protein-packed brownies with no flour and very little sugar. 

With that said, feel free to go heavy on the chocolate chips if you’re in the mood to indulge!


• 2 cups Randall Great Northern Beans, rinsed. 

• 1/3 c cocoa powder

• 1/2 c dark chocolate chips divided

• 3 T almond butter or desired nut or seed butter

• 1/3 c maple syrup or honey more for desired sweetness

• 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 1/2 tsp baking soda

• 1 tsp vanilla

• 1/4 tsp sea salt


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients except 2 T chocolate chips in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

Pour batter into a parchment-lined 8×8 pan evenly. If you like thicker brownies, use a bread pan, but they may need to cook a bit longer.

Add remaining chocolate chips by spreading over the top and gently pressing.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

Slice, add some whipped cream or your favorite ice cream, and dig in!