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Healthy Raspberry Protein Brownies

It’s time for a sweet Valentine recipe that protects your heart, too! Black beans add fiber and calcium, making these healthy raspberry protein brownies a nutritious indulgence. They are naturally vegan, made of whole food ingredients, and free of saturated and trans fats, which can more than triple your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Healthy Raspberry Protein Brownies Recipe

Image by Kathy Patalsky

According to a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition, antioxidants and flavonoids, found in foods such as berries, chocolate, and colorful vegetables, help fight inflammation and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D. offers a few tips and a recipe to help incorporate antioxidants into your everyday diet:

  • When grocery shopping for healthful foods, let your eyes be your guide. We are naturally drawn to colorful immune-boosting antioxidants. Aim for at least three green, one red, one purple or blue, one orange-yellow, and one white fruit or vegetable each day.
  • Due to lower intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol, and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fiber, and phytochemicals, plant-based diets continue to help protect against heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Get creative! The protein brownies below using black beans, dates, and natural raspberry jam. This adds about 5 grams of fiber and protein per serving while remaining free of cholesterol, trans fats, and saturated fats.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Raspberry Protein Brownies

By ingredients, these protein brownies are vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free (with an all-fruit jam).

We haven’t tested them gluten-free, but if I were to trial, I would use 1/4 cup certified gluten-free oat flour or your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour. Because this recipe uses just a small amount of flour, it is not as reliant on gluten.

Healthy Raspberry Protein Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16

  • 2 15-ounce cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup all-fruit raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the black beans, dates, jam, and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and process again.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top looks set. Remove from the oven and cool completely, then cut into 16 squares. The brownies will keep, refrigerated in a covered container, for up to 1 week.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living


  1. BlansterFebruary 10, 2014 at 8:03 amReply

    A whole cup of cocoa? I’ve never seen that much used in a brownie recipe for an 8″ pan size. Just doublechecking before I make these. :)

    • Alisa FlemingFebruary 10, 2014 at 8:40 amReplyAuthor

      The recipe is indeed 1 cup of cocoa! This seems like quite a bit to me, too, so I double-checked prior to sharing.

  2. Gretchen WhiteFebruary 15, 2014 at 10:11 amReply

    I will definitely be trying this recipe. I am often asked to make gluten-free or vegan desserts. This looks easy bus very tasty.

  3. VeronicaMarch 1, 2014 at 8:13 amReply

    I just printed the recipe and can’t wait to make this – thank you! I also just bought your cookbook!

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