Why, you ask?
Adding yams and pumpkin into your brownies is a fantastic way to pack your dessert with vegetables that nourish your body with fibre, vitamins and antioxidant properties due to their bright orange colour (which is masked by the cocoa powder - don’t worry, it will still look like a regular brownie!)
Packed with protein and fibre, black beans will provide a slightly different, more chewy texture compared to the smoother texture that you'll get from the pureed yams or pumpkin. The high fibre of the black beans and yams will actually keep you feeling full for longer since it takes longer to digest. A dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth and your stomach - that’s a win-win in my books!
Another star ingredient in this recipe is hemp hearts. Manitoba Harvest generously donated hemp hearts so that we could use them throughout our camps. Hemp hearts are so versatile and can be used in so many foods; They can be used in smoothies, oatmeal, sprinkled on top of salads and used in baking to name a few. Hemp hearts have a nutty flavour and are packed with protein and omega 3’s which is why we included them in our brownie ball recipe. Who said dessert can’t be delicious and healthy?!