A delicious and nutritious treat. Eat in moderation, it still contains sugar in the form of maple syrup and dates!
- 2 heaped tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 2 heaped tbsp raw cocoa
- 1 cup black beans
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 dates (pitted and finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Cook the black beans, or empty, rinse and drain if using tinned beans. Add to blender with the chopped dates, add a little almond milk if needed to aid blending. Blend until completely smooth.
- Once blended transfer back to the pan, or tip into a mixing bowl and add the vanilla protein, raw cocoa, and maple syrup. Mix well. Add Almond milk to aid mixing. Mix to a dough like consistency.
- Add peanut butter, and stir through.
- Transfer to a square dish approximately 15cm by 15cm, lined with baking paper. Press into corners and even out mixture with a spatula.
- Cook on 150 for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Set aside to cool before cutting into squares or slices.
Chocolate is rich in plant sterols and many types of flavanoids. The flavanoid antioxidants, can be protective against damage to cholesterol and the lining of the arteries.
Peanuts are high in protein, monosaturated fat, and the antioxidant resveratrol. They contain good levels of biotin, vitamns B1, and B3 as well as trace minerals magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.
Beans are a good source of cholesterol lowering fibre, and complex carbohydrates. They are a very good source of folic acid and molybdenum. And a good source phosphorus, iron, protein, magnesium, manganese and potassium. (Murray, Pizzorno and Pizzorno, 2008)