These delicious Healthier Chocolate Black Bean Waffles are perfect for breakfast and your kids won't even know that they're remotely healthy.
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When you have kids who are picky eaters, it can be daunting to get that extra nutrition into them.
Time and time again, I'm scratching my head trying to think of what to make for them to eat, and is relatively healthy.
Out of the many things they don't like eating, there is one thing they will willingly eat...
But instead of just plain waffles, I made black bean waffles.
Why you'll love this recipe
This recipe comes together very easily.
The secret ingredient is the black beans, which give the waffles a cake-like texture (and added fibre)!
The blended mixture is cooked in about 5-6 minutes in a hot waffle maker.
What are black beans?
Black beans are high in dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and minerals that lead to good digestive and heart health.
It's high in protein and minerals.
You can find dried or canned black beans in grocery stores.
For this recipe, I used canned black beans, which are convenient and already cooked.
Ingredients you'll need
- black beans: I used canned black beans, drained; you can
- vegetable oil: I used coconut, but you can use any light vegetable oil
- cocoa powder
- coconut sugar: or granulated sugar; note: coconut sugar is less sweet than granulated sugar, so decrease the amount if you're using regular sugar
- all-purpose flour
- almond flour: optional, or replace with the same amount of all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- baking powder
- sea salt
How to make it
Using a high-powered blender, pulse the black beans with the wet ingredients until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients into a bowl.
Pour the blended wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold with a spatula.
Heat a waffle maker/iron and cook the batter (in batches).
Cool on the waffles on an cooling rack.
How to serve
Serve the black bean waffles warm or at room temperature.
How to store
You can store the waffles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.
Additionally, you can freeze the waffles for up to 3 months.
Try using different legumes such as cooked chickpeas to the waffle batter: Chickpea Peanut Butter Waffles.
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Give this waffle recipe a try -- you won't even taste the beans! Who says you can't have chocolate waffles at breakfast?
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Healthier Chocolate Black Bean Waffles
For accuracy and precision in baking recipes, use weight (metric) measurements when available.
- 1 15.6 oz can cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 C whole milk or non-dairy alternative
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 C coconut sugar is a little less sweet than granulated sugar, so adjust to your liking
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso optional
- ¾ C all-purpose flour
- ¼ C almond flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- pinch sea salt
- Add drained black beans, eggs, coconut oil, milk, vanilla into a blender and blend until smooth. Add cocoa powder and blitz again until incorporated. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add sugar, flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk until combined. Pour the black bean liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and fold until just combined.
- Preheat waffle maker to medium heat. Ladle about 1 C of batter (it will be quite thick) into the waffle maker and cook for about 5-6 minutes.
- Gently remove waffle from waffle maker and cool on a wire rack. They will be a little delicate coming out, but will firm up slightly when cooled.
- Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or freeze for quick breakfasts.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.