Half-Baked Brownies {for us runners: whole-food-plant-based & healthy}



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So gwen is doing this thing right now where after eating every meal he eats 1-2 bananas with a brownie (previously from Natures Bakery). He claims that this is ok because of his French blood, it is traditional to eat a small dessert after every meal. As runners, (especially plant-based ones where the calories naturally occurring in plants are lower than animal foods) we get to eat a lot of food!

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Well you see this is a problem because at this rate we will run out of these little brownies! Natures Bakery is a really cool company (owned by a guy I went to high school with) and they send us a few hundred of their Brownies and Fig Bars so we can pack them for our adventures, as they are packaged well and have a shelf life. (And their ingredient list is really good for a packaged snack). 

I knew that if I didn't come up with something in the place of these brownies for Gwen to “dessert” on, we would be out of our adventure snack quickly!!!

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So this mini crisis, (yes, running out of bananas and brownies in our house is now classified as a crisis, along with running out of ripe bananas; which is the biggest crisis we face) inspired me to come up with my own substitute for these brownies, so he can eat them after every meal with his bananas!

We both love our classes Double-Chocolate Black Bean Brownie recipe so much, I knew that would be a good place to start. I also knew that right now we want to include sweet potato into as many meals as possible (because they are complex carbohydrates) and along with fruit, would make a perfect snack/dessert.

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So BAM.. I came up with this recipe, which I am constantly modifying and adding things to, to suit our current life plan. 

I also made a fun recipe video that you must watch!

The only thing that could makes these brownies better, would be peanut butter!!! But we don’t eat peanut butter… but we do eat peanut butter powder! So this is the healthiest frosting you will ever see!!!

And it complements the brownies really well if you want to eat them all on their own! Banana based!

Recipe video right here if you want to watch that!!!



  • 3 cups black beans
  • 1 can baked sweet potato (or about 1.5 cups steamed mashed)
  • 1 ½ cups dates, pitted, soaked and drained
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar, date sugar, date paste, agave, whatever sweetener, (optional)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum free)
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup mini vegan chocolate chips


  • Add everything except for the walnuts and chocolate chips to a food processor
  • process until smooth
  • add walnuts and chocolate chips
  • pulse until mixed
  • preheat oven to 350
  • pour batter into a 9X12 baking dish lined with parchment paper or lightly sprayed with coconut oil spray
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes (remember, these are gooey, half-baked brownies)
  • Make The Frosting while you wait, if you want frosting

ENJOY with Bananas, soy milk, banana nice cream, cereal, etc. Our favorite is to put them into a bowl with Banana Nice Cream and puffed cereal, also we ate these for breakfast the other day with rice milk and puffed cereal.. Always finding ways to eat yummy food!!!


  • 2 ripe bananans
  • 3 tablespoons PB2
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder


  • Mash and mix all these ingredients together.. thats it! (see video if still confused).

Hope your running is going well,

Love you guys!

- Katie

sweet potato brownies oil-free vegan