Chocolate peanut butter thumbprints

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I’ve seen lots of recipes on Pinterest for things made from black beans instead of flour. I am not a huge fan of black beans. I eat them, but I don’t actually like them. So I set out to use them as a dessert, and mask the flavor with the things that are most delicious in the world- chocolate and peanut butter. The end result? A crazy delicious cookie that is not at all black bean ish.

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Ingredients for the cookies
1 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
7 tablespoons organic granulated sugar
1/3 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of ground golden flax seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons non dairy milk (I used vanilla soy)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients for the chocolate center
1/3 cup of non dairy chocolate pieces (I use Enjoy Life brand)
1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the black beans and melted coconut oil in a bowl and mash with a fork until they become a purée. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spatula or with your hands. Separate the dough into ten equal pieces. Shape the cookies with your hands, and make a small dent in the middle for the chocolate to go in later. I used the back of my teaspoon to make uniform dents in all of the cookies, but you can use your thumb (which is why these cookies are normally referred to as thumbprints). Line the cookies up on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes. No longer than 13 minutes, or they will burn. Let cook on a wire cooling rack or, if you don’t have one, a pizza pan with holes on the bottom works well too. If you can tell, that’s what I did. While they’re cooking, microwave the chocolate, salt and coconut oil for about half of a minute. Mix until smooth. Using a spoon, drop some of the chocolate into the dent of each cookie. Let sit for a few hours until the chocolate hardens. And that’s it! They are delicious and healthy, and I ate 9 of them in the past 36 hours. Ah, gluttony. Enjoy!

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