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Healthy(er) Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Dessert Dip

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With a name like “double chocolate brownie batter,” how on earth could this be even remotely healthy?

A sneaky little secret ingredient I’ve used to thicken soups without the cream – white beans. Yep, beans. In the dessert dip. I know it sounds kind of crazy, but it’s delicious. And it is a secret ingredient – I fed this dip to some unsuspecting people and they thought it was delicious! No one said “Is there something different about this?” or “Why does this taste like beans?” No one. They dug right in, thinking it was some sort of decadent treat. Success!

Black Bean Brownie Dip


 If you want to make this dip  healthier, skip the chocolate chips or sub in cacao nibs.

Healthy chocolate Brownie Batter Dessert Dip

4.0 from 2 reviews
Healthy(er) Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Dessert Dip
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 can of cannellini beans (or other white beans, if you have a favorite)
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder - I prefer Hershey's Special Dark
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 4-6 tablespoons of almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of white sugar
  • ¼-1/2 a cup of chocolate chips, for topping - Once again, I recommend Hershey's Special Dark!
  1. Rinse the beans very well and drain them.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and thoroughly combine. I recommend starting with 4 tablespoons of almond milk and adding more, as necessary, to thin the dip down a bit.
  3. Cover tightly and refrigerate for an hour to allow the flavors to meld, or just dive right in!
  4. Stir in ¼ C - ½ C of chocolate chips or top the dip with chocolate chips.
  5. Enjoy!

I like this dip with pretzels, but it also goes well with graham crackers, apple slices, or a spoon. Clearly it isn’t calorie free – beans do have calories, but they’re very different from the senseless calories offered by cream cheese and butter in usual dessert dips. Cannellini beans have lots of fiber, loads of protein, iron, magnesium, and a serving has nearly half your day’s Vitamin B1! Now that’s a dessert dip you can feel good about. =)

brownie batter dip with beans

Have you tried beans in any unusual dishes yet? I keep seeing recipes for black bean brownies. Have you tried them out?




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  • Katy @ Tasty Little Crouton October 30, 2013, 16:57

    Oh man, beans in a chocolate dip makes me a little nervous, but this looks so good that I may give it a try! I wonder if it would trick the BF…

    • natashalh October 30, 2013, 16:58

      I was unsure, too, but it was so good! Just make sure to process it all the way until it’s totally smooth so you don’t get a funny texture. I brought it to school and gave it to other teachers and no one noticed, including the guys!

  • BeadedTail October 30, 2013, 18:05

    That looks too good to be healthy! Thanks for the recipe Natasha!

    • natashalh October 30, 2013, 18:07

      Doesn’t it?! I had testers refusing seconds because they were afraid it was too unhealthy! It is so very delicious, and I have another healthy chocolate recipe to publish soon. =)

  • Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box October 31, 2013, 03:15

    Oh my gosh. I LOVE the sound of a healthy-ish brownie batter dip! I’ve used beans in cookie dough dip before, so I’m all over this 🙂 I’d be thrilled if you’d come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-16

    • natashalh October 31, 2013, 09:06

      Bean cookie batter dip is on my to do list for this weekend! Thanks for the invitation to your linky. =)

  • Holly November 1, 2013, 08:58

    I use white beans in recipes all the time. It’s a great way to get veggies into your unsuspecting kids and husband! This sounds like a great recipe and as a newly converted paleo person, I can’t wait to try it!

    • natashalh November 1, 2013, 10:18

      Isn’t it funny how people will say they don’t like something and then eat it unknowingly and love it? I really enjoy when that happens. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you enjoy making this! I have another delicious Paleo chocolate recipe in the works. =)

  • Leslie Lambert November 6, 2013, 19:52

    Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #27! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  • Ginnie November 6, 2013, 20:50

    I saw this on Create It Thursday, and I had to come over and get the recipe. It looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it:)

    • natashalh November 7, 2013, 05:28

      It really is tasty, even though I know it seems a little weird. Thanks for stoping by and I hope you enjoy!

  • paleobrownies September 29, 2014, 19:04

    Nice recipe! I will surely try this at home.

    • natashalh September 29, 2014, 19:06

      It’s so super tasty. I’ve never had anyone even suspect there’s a ‘secret ingredient!’ Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy =)

  • paleobrownies January 14, 2015, 21:20

    Nice recipe ! I will surely try this at home.

    • natashalh January 15, 2015, 06:35

      It’s pretty tasty! I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping in.

  • emnm February 6, 2015, 18:40

    there is nothing paleo about beans and white sugar, just saying. on another note, this dip sounds fascinating!

    • Natashalh February 7, 2015, 07:48

      You are absolutely correct. In retrospect, I have no idea why I called it Paleo. I already fixed the text and I’ll change the image soon, too! That recipe is pretty old now and when Paleo was first explained to me people emphasized the lack of grains and dairy, so I guess that’s where it came from. Clearly I hadn’t revisited the post in a while! Thanks for bringing it to my attention so I get get it fixed. =)

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