Who says sweet treats can't be healthy? Try this this delicious recipe for yourself.


  • 400g tin butter beans, rinsed and drained

  • 250g apple sauce or puree of 5 apples

  • 200g rice flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • Pinch salt

  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 3 eggs

  • 75g castor sugar

  • A few drops of vanilla essence

  • 100g pecan nuts, roughly chopped


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and lightly grease a 26 x 18cm baking tray.

  • 2.

    Place the beans and a splash of water in a food processor and whizz together until smooth – you are looking for the consistency of mashed potato. Add more water if the mixture looks too dry.

  • 3.

    Add the apple sauce or apple puree and process again for a minute or two, until smooth and well combined.

  • 4.

    Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with an electric whisk, add the sugar in three to four batches, beating well after each addition. Add one third of the bean mixture to the egg mixture together with one third of the flour mixture and fold in carefully. Repeat twice more until all the ingredients are gently incorporated.

  • 5.

    Add the vanilla essence and pecan nuts and gently fold through. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes – check to see if the brownie is done by inserting a skewer into the middle – it should come out clean.

  • 6.

    Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 210kj
  • Fat Total 7g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Protein 5g
  • Carbohydrate 31g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Sodium 103mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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