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Fudgy black bean & walnut brownies

These fudgy walnut brownies are so gooey and chocolatey. ad | Love packing in the plants to sweet treats!  These give you 6 plant points towards your weekly 30 with extra walnut benefits too...

California Walnuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 (ALA, (alpha-linolenic acid) and the only tree nut to contain a significant amount of ALA (for those who love the detail 2.7g in 30g).
A 30g serve delivers 4.4g plant protein and 1.4g fibre - making it an ideal snack, I especially love them blended into smoothies, it makes them silky smooth.
Our microbes also love eating walnuts too ;)  A recent study showed people who ate up to 42g of walnuts a day for 3 weeks had...

-  increased gut bacteria linked with health benefits

-  decreased chemicals (secondary bile acids) that have been linked to colon cancer

-  reduced LDL cholesterol levels (the type of cholesterol you don’t want much of as it’s linked to increasing your risk of heart disease)

*Holscher et al, 2018

Dessert, Snacks

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plant points


Makes 12

125g tinned black beans, drained and rinsed 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 20g cocoa powder 80g rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder 8 small prunes, pitted 6 Medjool dates, pitted 1 large extra-ripe banana, peeled 120ml milk of choice a pinch of salt 50g dark chocolate chips 90g walnuts (30g whole, 60g for walnut butter)


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180C fan / 400F

Step 2

For the walnut butter, spread half of the walnuts onto a baking tray and roast for 10-12 mins

Step 3

Pop the roasted walnuts into a high-speed blender and blend for a couple of minutes until it forms a creamy nut butter

Step 4

Add all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips and walnuts into a blender and blitz for a few mins until completely smooth

Step 5

Spoon the mix into a lined square baking tray, swirl in the walnut butter, then dot in the chocolate chips and the rest of the whole walnuts

Step 6

Bake for 10–12 mins, then allow to cool in the tin for 5 mins. Best served warm along with a dollop of yoghurt

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September 9, 2022 @ 3:39 pm

You can leave out the banana if you wish! Let me know what you think! :)


March 3, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

hi, these look great but I cannot stand bananas, is there anything I could substitute ?

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June 6, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

So glad you enjoyed them!


June 6, 2021 @ 2:40 pm

These are amazing. I’ve never really liked walnuts before but this recipe has converted me!