Ok, I am giving away all my secrets! Just like the two-ingredient brownie recipe made with beans and and a brownie mix Black Bean Brownies – here is my low-fat, nutrient-packed, secretive fruit pizza recipe. The key is not telling them!
Funny story, a couple of years ago when I first made black bean brownies for my family I did NOT tell them, except for Grandma. No one knew and ate the brownies as I watched them take each bite with enjoyment I was sitting with excitement. Well, a couple of weeks later I asked them if they tried the brownies and they all said yes and then said, “Why . . . what was in them?!” I gave away my secret and told them it was a can of black bean and a brownie mix and that was it! They smiled and said “Oh, that is where grandma got the recipe!” Except grandma forgot to puree the beans in the blender. So this story reminds you of the VERY important step – ALWAYS PUREE THE BEANS in these recipes!
Here is the fruit pizza recipe:
Serves 24. Source: Stacy Mitchell, RD, LD
1 can navy beans, undrained
1 pkg (17.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
Filling & Topping:
1 container whipped cream cheese
2 tsp Tones cinnamon maple sprinkle
2 cups cut-up mixed fruit
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Puree navy beans including water from can in a blender.
- Pour sugar cookie mix into a large bowl and add pureed bean mixture.
- Spread mixture onto an 11-by-9-inch cookie sheet pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool crust for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl combine cream cheese and cinnamon maple sprinkle. Spread cream cheese mixture onto crust and top with mixed fruit.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 140, Carbohydrate: 22 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg
Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Fat: 4.5 g, Protein: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 170 mg, Sugar: 11 g,
Trans fats: 0 g
Instead of adding a whole stick of butter to the cookie mix, I thought we could use a can a pureed navy beans and it works! Remind you, the crust is a bit more like a sponge cake instead of a cookie consistency – but with all the sugar it is still very good! We are saving more than 800 calories and more than 80 grams of fat in this recipe! Plus we are adding some nutrition with the beans – iron, protein, B vitamins, fiber and many more! As you can see we do get 5 GRAMS OF FIBER per SERVING!
This recipe has been tried on so many adults, picky-eaters, kids, co-workers and many more! Here is a video of a kids cooking show I was a part of and after the camera stopped rolling I asked the kids for their true opinion and their exact words, “This is really good!” Jack had a couple of helpings and so did the camera guy!