Dried or canned, beans are a pantry staple in many households since they prove so versatile. They typically make their way into salads, tacos and soups, but there’s a variety of other unique and unexpected ways (like baked goods!) they can be used as well. Affordable and packed with protein and fiber, beans are an ingredient that will fill you up and keep you satisfied for longer. Get motivated to try out new recipes utilizing beans to boost flavor and your health while upping your cooking creativity! From breakfast to dessert, you’re sure to get inspired by the following 11 indulgent recipes made healthy:
Whether it’s for breakfast or a snack, you’ll enjoy how easy these muffins are to make. And they’re healthy to boot! They’re gluten free, grain free, oil free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free, and incorporate white beans that offer a creamy and dense texture you’ll absolutely love.
Desserts can be healthy, even in the form of a deep dish cookie pie! This recipe calls for garbanzo beans and oats that provide you plenty of fiber and protein. The texture proves chewy like you’d anticipate, while the taste remains sweet thanks to ingredients like chocolate chips and brown sugar.
Rich in fiber and healthy fats, black beans take the place of flour in this brownie recipe, while avocado replaces butter or oil. They’re also gluten free and vegan, so you’ll really be able to indulge in these treats without the guilt.
A quick snack when you’re tight on time, or a killer crowd-pleasing appetizer, this white bean dip recipe takes a minimal five minutes to whip up. The savory and unique combination of flavors like parsley, lemon juice, crushed red peppers and garlic mixed with the cannellini beans gives it that gourmet touch.
Having a serious sweet tooth can prove to pack on the pounds, but this recipe gives you indulgence without the unnecessary calories of a typical treat. When you wake up craving sugar for breakfast, try out this healthy, low-cal cinnamon roll option complete with oats, applesauce, garbanzo beans and cinnamon.
Who doesn’t love a little cake batter? Reminisce about your days licking the whisk as a child while you make this healthy and sweet dip using chickpeas, cashew butter, applesauce and oats that tastes just like cake!
Hummus is a beloved appetizer amongst the masses, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s healthy too! This recipe calls for black beans in place of typical garbanzo beans however, so you’ll get a new take on a classic, using a variety of tasty ingredients like limes, cilantro, roasted garlic, ground cumin and chipotle chili powder.
Making homemade pizza is a fun experience as you brainstorm all the possibilities for toppings. Black beans may not seem like a typical pairing for pizza, but when combined with ingredients like tomatoes, avocado and cheese, they make a southwestern twist on an Italian favorite.
Ice cream isn’t known for its high nutrient content, but when you pair your usual sugar and cream with black beans, you get the added bonus of fiber and protein, too. This Central American-inspired treat sprinkles cinnamon into the mix, which has a plethora of health benefits, including serving as an anti-inflammatory that’ll keep bloating at bay.
Smoothies are an ever-popular item as they make a quick and efficient way to pack plenty of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and more into one tasty drink. Whether you’re vegan or sick of supplementing with powders, but still want to fill up on protein in the morning or before a workout, this vegan smoothie recipe is a great option. The black beans mix perfectly with the incredible array of other healthy and delicious ingredients including banana, Medjool dates, almond milk, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon and cocoa nibs.
Parfaits are known for their layers of sweetness packed in with plenty of creaminess. In this savory take, chickpeas are the unique main ingredient. Layered with brainpower-boosting walnuts, protein-rich Greek yogurt, crunchy cucumbers and fiber-filled raisins, you’ll get more out of this treat than you ever thought possible. A beautiful concoction of colors and flavors, you’ll enjoy every last bit.