Make brownie recipes healthier by using less fat and reducing the baking time accordingly to retain the dense texture usually attained by baking with fat. Healthier brownies can also be made with oil substitutes such as applesauce, Greek yogurt and canned pumpkin. Flour can be replaced with black beans. Instead of sugar, use maple syrup or honey.
To make black bean brownies, use a food processor to blend together 1 1/2 cups of black beans, 1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats, 1/3 cup of maple syrup or honey, 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder along with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 2 tablespoons of sugar or an additional 1/2 cup of honey. Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, and spoon the batter in a greased pan. Bake the brownies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes, and allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.
To remove much of the fat from brownies, substitute applesauce or Greek yogurt either cup-for-cup or using slightly less of the substitute than the oil. For example, replace 1/4 cup of coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of applesauce or Greek yogurt.