August 24, 2017

Chocolate Black Bean Squares

Who says desserts can’t be healthy? These tempting Chocolate Squares hide a healthy secret – lots of nutritious black beans!

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This healthy and nutritious recipe has been tested and the ingredients scaled up so that you can easily prepare enough for 50, 100, 250 or 500 people.

For pureed pulses: rinse and drain. Add approximately 1/4 cup water to every cooked cup of pulses. Puree until the texture of canned pumpkin is achieved.

INGREDIENTS

Please Note: In the 50 servings column the cups, tbsp, and tsp measures are rounded for convenience.

    NUMBER OF SERVINGS
STEP INGREDIENTS 50 100 250 500
margarine, non-hydrogenated 1 1/4 cups (250 g) 600 g 1.2 kg 2.4 kg
all purpose flour 4 cup (295 g) 950 g 1.9 kg 3.8 kg
granulated sugar 1/4 cup (45 g) 110 g 225 g 450 g
2 margarine, non-hydrogenated 1/2 cup (133 g) 320 g 640 g 1.3 kg
granulated sugar 4 1/2 cups (750 g) 1.8 kg 3.6 kg 7.3 kg
liquid egg 1 1/4 cups (250 g) 600 g 1.2 kg 2.4 kg
syrup, golden 1/4 cup (50 g) 120 g 240 g 480 g
pureed black beans 6 cups (833 g) 2 kg 4 kg 8 kg
cocoa powder 3/4 cup (73 g) 175 g 350 g 700 g
salt 1/2 tsp (3 g) 8 g 16 g 32 g
vanilla extract 1 tbsp (20 mL) 40 mL 80 mL 160 mL
pecan halves, chopped 3/4 cup (200 mL) 190 g 384 g 770 g
3 margarine, non-hydrogenated 1/2 cup (63 g) 150 g 300 g 600 g
all purpose flour 1 cup (100 g) 240 g 480 g 960 g
pecan halves, chopped 3 tbsp (20 g) 50 g 100 g 200 g
cooking oil spray        

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine margarine with flour and sugar and mix until crumbly (with even size lumps). Press into sprayed full size shallow insert.
  2. Cream margarine with sugar in mixer using paddle attachment. Add eggs and syrup and mix well. Blend in puréed black beans, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and chopped pecans. Mix until smooth, pour over base.
  3. Combine margarine with flour, sugar, and chopped pecans and mix until crumbly (with even size lumps). Sprinkle evenly over middle layer. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or just until firm.
  4. Cut each insert into 10 x 6 pieces (2″ x 2″ squares).

Chocolate Black Bean Squares

Pulses (beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas) are affordable food options that are healthy, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable. Pulses are high in protein, nutrient-dense and deliver high levels of fibre. Pulses also require less nitrogen fertilizer than other crops, giving them a low carbon footprint and are a water-efficient protein and enrich the soil where they grow, making them an important and sustainable crop.

This recipe was developed by the team at the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) and is used with permission from Pulse Canada. To learn more about pulses and find other healthy and delicious pulse-based recipes, please visit Pulse Canada’s site at www.pulsecanada.com.


NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per serving (2″x2″ square): 175 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 21 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 49 mg potassium, 28 g total carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fibre, 17 g sugars, 3 g protein, 1% DV vitamin A, 0% DV vitamin C, 1% DV calcium, 6% DV iron, 6% DV thiamin, 5% DV riboflavin, 3% DV niacin, 1% DV vitamin B6, 5% DV folate, 1% DV Vitamin B12, 4% DV phosphorous, 2% DV zinc

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