CHOCOLATE COOKIES (SOFT)
On today’s the menu we have some soft chocolate cookies. I know, I know. Chocolate cookies, crunchy or soft, is not the most creative recipe. Everywhere you look, there is a chocolate cookie in stock. But there is something different about this cookie, though.
This cookie is made with, wait for it… black beans. That’s right, black beans. And here’s the good part – it actually tastes good too. This cookie is chocolatey and dense — a bit more cake-like than the traditional cookie texture, but it definitely works for me. I mean, what’s better than having a cake and a cookie at the same time. And did I mention how easy they are to make? Just put everything in a blender and there you go.
Besides being a low-calorie treat, black beans are very high in fiber, folate, protein, and antioxidants, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals. Black beans also might improve heart health, relieve digestive issues, boost nervous system and improve pre-natal health.
Even though black beans are very healthy, they have an unpleasant side effect. How can I say this gently? Well, let me try to explain. Black beans contain a complex sugar called oligosaccharides, and the human body does not produce any enzyme that would naturally break that sugar down. So, because this sugar is not broken down by our own body, it stays in your digestive tract. It then starts to ferment and it then produces methane. Methane is then released from the body in unpleasant ways. In my case a lot (I repeat: A LOT) of methane is produced and released. So I need to be careful when having too much beans.
A tip for everyone going through the same thing: Soaking the beans in water and making sure that they are cooked can reduce the sugars (oligosaccharides) in the beans.
Besides that small side effect, these cookies taste like heaven. I was suppose to save a few for the day after but that was easier said than done. Hey I tried!
Anyways Queens. Try this recipe and let me know if you liked them.
Give it a try and enjoy!
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