Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

 

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!!

I’m popping in this morning to send a little extra sweetness your way in the form of BROWNIES!

And not just any brownies. Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies with a simple, creamy chocolate frosting and dried rose petals. Because it’s Valentine’s Day and everything must be covered in chocolate and flowers, am I right?!? But we’ll get to those in a minute.

So tell me, how are you spending your holiday this year?? Hanging with your girlfriends for Galentine’s Day? Having a romantic night with your significant other? Doing a little self love tonight??

Can I do all three please?

 

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

 

Nate and I are having a quiet night in this year, but of course I’m planning a yummy meal because I love any excuse to go big in the kitchen! Some years we like to go out to celebrate – mostly because I totally enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants – but other years, we prefer just a quiet, home cooked dinner together.

Speaking of Nate, have I told you our funny high school Valentine’s Day story yet?

No? Ok good, it’s story time then!

Believe it or not… 11 years ago today is kinda sort of the beginning of our whole relationship. You see, it was Valentine’s Day and we got a huge snow storm (like I’m talking feet of snow). Surprisingly, we had a snow day off school, which NEVER happened in our hometown in upstate NY, so you know it was bad.

In typical high school fashion, Nate and I had been “flirting” a lot over the past month or so at school, but of course I was that shy girl playing hard to get, stringing him along for weeks. So on this snowy Valentine’s Day, he calls me out of the blue and says he’s walking over to my house in the middle of this snowstorm to give me a Valentine.

 

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

 

Needless to say, I was extremely unprepared for this.

And had a total teenage freak out moment before I whipped out some computer paper and threw together the most ridiculous card I could come up with in 10 minutes before he was knocking at my door.

There was Nate, covered in snow, with this detailed, heartfelt homemade valentine in his hands (which I still have to this day). I mean, what a guy, right?? So I invited him in and we exchanged cards (mine looking more and more like complete crap that I just threw together) and we had a little romantic moment beforeeee… my mom walks in.

And what better way to pause this whole new-young-love-romantic-situation than a parent walking in? So of course I immediately turn bright red and awkward and quickly walk Nate to the door. But before he slips out, he leans in and gives me the most glorious kiss and the rest, my friends, is history!

And now we’re married and having a baby lol šŸ˜‰

 

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

 

So even though Valentine’s Day is a liittlllee over-rated and over-commercialized, it totally has a special place in my heart thanks to this wonderful high school memory. Ahhh young love, right???

Ok, enough with the gushy stuff, let’s talk CHOCOLATE.

So these brownies are the perfect combination of health-ish indulgence and ALL the chocolate. I started with my go-to peanut butter black bean brownie base. It’s packed with a full can of black beans, lots of oats, peanut butter, and a few other good-for-you ingredients. So that makes them healthy, right?!

Once the brownies were baked and cut into cute little hearts, I frosted them with this simple, luscious dark chocolate frosting. Ohhh my goodnesss is this stuff amazing!!

 

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

 

This frosting could not be any easier. I just melted some dark chocolate chips with my favorite So Delicious Organic Almondmilk, mixed in some vanilla yogurt and powdered sugar, and that’s IT!

Have you tried the So Delicious Organic Almondmilk with Cashews yet? I’ve been a So Delicious fan for YEARS and I was so excited to see their new line of organic almondmilks at my local Walmart the other day. I love how their products are simply made with only 7 ingredients (or fewer) and their new bottles are made from 80% plants (so cool!) If you’re on the lookout for their new almondmilk with cashews, I found mine conveniently at my local Walmart in the non-dairy milk section!

You guys will absolutely ADORE these brownies. Ohhh and if you’re dairy free, feel free to substitute your favorite dairy-free yogurt and chocolate chips in the frosting to make them totally vegan!

Have the most lovely Valentine’s Day everyone! Sending lots of love (and chocolate) your way <3

 

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Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts

Serves 4-9
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 16 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 16 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

for the brownies

  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut buter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

for the frosting

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons full fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1- 1 1/4 cup cup powdered sugar

Directions

for the brownies
Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2
Place all brownie ingredients, except chocolate chips, into a food processor. Blend until smooth. Pulse in chocolate chips.
Step 3
Grease an 8x8'' baking dish, then pour in brownie batter. Use a spatula to spread batter evenly across the baking dish and to smooth the top. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
for the frosting
Step 4
Cool brownies completely. While brownies are cooling, time to make the frosting! Melt 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of almond milk over a double boiler or in the microwave (just be careful it doesn't burn). I microwave my chocolate chips about 20-30 seconds at a time, then stir and repeat until fully melted.
Step 5
Add in 2 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt and whisk to fully combine. Pour in 1 cup fo powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. If your frosting seems a little runny, add in about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and repeat. Refrigerate frosting in a covered container for 30 minutes before frosting brownies.
for the frosted brownies
Step 6
Once brownies are cooled, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut brownies into heart shapes (optional). You will get anywhere from 4-9 brownies, based on the size of your cookie cutter. Place on a plate and frost with chilled chocolate frosting. I topped mine with edible dried rose petals, but feel free to use whatever topping you desire (or not!)

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie Hearts #SDOrganicAlmondmilk

pumpkinandpb

Hi, Iā€™m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

5 Comments

  1. Aaaah that is hands down the cutest valentines story I have heard! Made even cuter by the fact that you’re now married with a baby on the way šŸ˜‰
    And these brownies. LOVE them. They look so fudge-y and delicious!

    • Who would have known back then?!? It’s so funny how life works! I’m so glad you like them šŸ™‚ We were totally obsessed with them all week!

  2. Aw what a sweet story! You and Nate were just little babes and now you’re all grown up having you own little babe. šŸ™‚

    I’m obsessed with anything chocolate and peanut butter, and the fact that you snuck protein and fiber into dessert is pretty much the best thing ever. Now I can eat as many as I want, muahaha!!

    • Totally my plan šŸ˜‰ So glad you like them Sarah! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  3. I seriously cannot get over how gorgeous these are! Your Valentine’s story is ADORABLE! I love a good love story! šŸ™‚ <3

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