Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

These brownies can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

2 cups canned no-salt-added or low-sodium black beans, drained
1 1/4 cups pitted dates
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural, nonalkalized cocoa powder
1 tbsp ground chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Combine the black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Pour into a very lightly oiled 8-x-8-inch baking pan. Bake for 90 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into small squares. Makes 16 squares.

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