Black Bean Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Pecans

Black Bean Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Pecans

Black Bean Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Pecans

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 to 15 cookies
Looking for ways to incorporate more legumes in your diet? Canned or dried, they are among the most affordable foods, enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Like most legumes, black beans are rich in fiber, an essential component of good health. Black beans are also high in protein, folic acid, magnesium and antioxidants, giving whichever recipe you incorporate them in a healthy and nutritious base. It's amazing how versatile black beans are, they can easily be incorporated in every type of meal. If you haven't yet tried making baked desserts with them, let this recipe be the litmus test for your future addiction. Not only do mashed black beans give a moist and tender texture to cookies, but they act as a solid binder between all the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of instant rolled oats
  • 2 cups of cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of pecans

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a stand mixer, mix the black beans, coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup until pureed. Transger into a large mixing bowl with the oats, cacao nibs, chocolate chunks, chia and pecans.
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form balls about the size of a large tablespoon and place them on the baking sheet making sure to leave about 2" between each. Lightly flatten the balls. Bake for 25 minutes., let cool and enjoy!
  4. The cookies will keep for a week in an airtight container.

*For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free oats.

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