Black Bean Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Bars
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These dense, creamy, fudgy chocolate brownie bars don't have any flour, butter, eggs or sugar! Instead they are made with the goodness of sweet potatoes, black beans, maple syrup and coconut oil, for a healthier version of a favourite treat. You will need to chill these bars in the fridge for a few hours to achieve the dense fudgy texture that makes them super delicious. So consider making them a day or two before you need them.
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Serves: 12 small bars
  • 1-14 ounce/398 ml can unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup roasted mashed sweet potato (see notes below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup natural unprocessed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup dark bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a 8x8 inch square baking pan with a criss-cross of parchment paper (i.e. you want to create a sling with the parchment paper).
  2. Add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips to the bowl of a food processor, and whirl it up until the mixture is very smooth (this will take at least a couple of minutes). Use a small spatula to stir in the chocolate chips, if you are using them.
  3. Spoon the batter into the parchment-lined pan and smooth it out as best you can.
  4. Pop the pan into the oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until the surface is starting to crack and the edges have pulled away from the parchment paper.
  5. Let the bars cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then carefully and quickly (so as not to split the bars down the middle) lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper, and onto a cooling rack.
  6. Once the bars are room temperature, transfer them to a flat surface (I like a cookie sheet) and into the fridge overnight, or for a few hours at least. When they are nice and cold, cut into bars and serve. Store any uneaten bars in the fridge.
The best way to prepare the sweet potato for this recipe is to roast a whole potato in the oven. This will caramelize the sugars and leave you with a super sweet super delicious cup of potato flesh. To prepare the sweet potato: scrub one medium-large sweet potato and pierce it with a fork in a few places. Put it on a baking sheet and pop it into a 375 degree oven for about an hour or until it is very very soft. Let it cool completely, then remove the skin and mash the flesh.
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