The Secret Ingredient to Sneak a Little Extra Protein Into Your Desserts

The Secret Ingredient to Sneak a Little Extra Protein Into Your Desserts

Poor beans. Many people pass them up because they’re not a fan of the squishy texture or their gaseous repercussions. But these inexpensive magical legumes are so healthy for you| between their fiber| protein| and iron content| everyone should include them in their diet. If you’re having trouble stomaching a bowl of beans| you can still reap the healthy benefits without your taste buds even realizing it. Appeal to your sweet tooth and try out these dessert recipes| all made with the goodness of protein- and fiber-loaded beans.

| Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cups

The best part about this delicious dessert is the edible chocolate cup you serve it in!

| Vegan Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts

Yep| there are chickpeas in these delicious doughnuts| adding protein| fiber| and a satisfying softness.

| Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Freezer Fudge

For 140 calories| each vegan and gluten-free two-inch square offers over five grams of fiber and 5.8 grams of protein. Just forget it’s made with lentils because I swear on Grandma’s cookie recipe that no one will be able to tell.

| Chocolate-Mousse-Filled Strawberries

Would you believe these strawberries are filled with velvety chocolate mousse that’s vegan? Aside from cutting back on calories and saturated fat| they’re also made with good-for-you ingredients like silken tofu and chickpeas.

| Chocolate Hummus

The creamy texture and robust flavor of this chocolate hummus made with chickpeas will appeal to anyone’s taste buds| and you’ll wonder if you’ll ever be able to eat fruit alone again.

| Black Bean Brownies

If you loved adding spinach to your brownies for extra nutrition| you’ll love this healthy twist as well. Bake up a batch of these Legendary Black Bean Brownies from Mmm…Is For Mommy| made with u2014 you guessed it u2014 black beans. Aside from bursting with fiber| protein| and chocolatey flavor| they’re also gluten-free!

| Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin (and Bean) Cookies

These traditional oatmeal raisin cookies are made with pureed cannellini (white kidney) beans and peanut butter| giving these treats a moist and chewy texture. Enjoy two cookies for 220 calories| and also get 3.6 grams of fiber and 5.8 grams of protein.

| Blueberry Banana Bean Smoothie

What’s great about smoothies is that you can hide just about any healthy ingredient in your glass| and the sweetness of the fruit disguises the flavor. Try this protein-packed recipe:

1 banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup cannellini beans
6 oz. vanilla yogurt

The beans add five grams of fiber and six grams of protein!

| Strawberry Adzuki Popsicles

It’s easy to whip up your own fruit popsicles| but these have an added twist u2014 adzuki beans. Add these ingredients to a blender:

1 cup adzuki beans
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup sliced strawberries

Puree until smooth| distribute into popsicle molds| and after five or so hours| enjoy a fruity| protein- and fiber-packed frozen treat.