Cookie Dough Layered Fudge Brownies

A lot of people like dessert.

I happen to be one of them.

Some people have savory taste buds, and could care less if they had something sweet after dinner.

I don’t associate with thoseย people… ๐Ÿ™‚

But for those like me, the “sweet eaters” is what we will call them, need that after meal delight and that middle of the day pick me up.


Some of us have that damn Aunt Flo who comes to visit for too long to the point where we want to put on sweats, curl up in a ball, stick a straw in chocolate pudding, sip away and watch P.S. I Love You. (just me?)

It’s moments like that where a woman needs her chocolate.

Unfortunately whether Aunt Flo has made her self at home, or I simply just feel the urge, there is some point during everyday that I need that something sweet.

I’ll reach for fruit. Doesn’t cut it.

Drink some water. Yuck.

Let me just say this. Cookie monster is to cookies like I am to ChOcOlAtE!

Get it?

So people say to me, “Why not just have a few bites of a buttery cookie? One ain’t gonna hurt?


“Why eat a healthy brownie, when you can enjoy a real sinful one? Life’s all about enjoyment!”


“Girl, why you be crazy puttin’ beans in brownies?! That’s freak nastay!”

Here is what I say to that.

Life IS all about enjoyment, and I do not deprive. Trust me, my wedding anniversary is coming up and I plan to stick my face in a pot of Dark Chocolate Fondue from The Melting Pot, and inhale…(And maybe burn my face a tad..Eh?)

But when you crave sweets every day like me, I want to feel good about what I am putting in my mouth, and eventually feel great about what it will do to my butt. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t think it’s good to be feeding my body rich indulgences everyday. That’s why I love to have things like ‘healthier’ brownies/desserts in general around the house for that re-occuring sweet tooth craving! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I don’t do moderation. I just can’t. Sure, I can handle a few bites of things here n’ there…But you can bet your bottom dollar I am DYING inside to eat the whole plate! Therefore, I would rather have 3 hearty wholesome brownies, then a few bites of a decadent and rich one.

Call me crazy…

I know I know..But I promise you, there ain’t nothin’ freak nastay bout these brownies.

Fo’ real.

Cookie Dough Layered Fudge Brownies

Ingredients:(for the brownies)

*very slightly adapted from Happy Herbivore’s Black Bean Brownies

1 can black beans drained and rinsed

2 bananas(mushier the better)

1/4 c. cocoa powder

1 TB. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 c. maple syrup

1/4 c. oats

Ingredients:(for the cookie dough layer)

1/2 c. cashews

3 TB. oats

2 TB. maple syrup

1 TB. vanilla

1/2 c. non dairy chocolate chips

dash of salt


1. For the brownies, in a food processor, blend all the ingredients except oats. Blend until pureed and creamy. Pour batter in a bowl and mix in oats. Set aside.

2. Wipe down/clean food processor. Now for the cookie dough, add all the ingredients except chocolate chips. Blend until fine and crumbly. Add in chocolate chips and blend until fine and crumbly. (This won’t take long.)

3. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 pan. Pour half of brownie batter into pan. Crumble cookie dough on top, reserving about 1/4 c. of the cookie dough for later.

4. Pour the rest of the batter on and with a spatula, smooth the top. Next, using the remaining cookie dough, crumbly on top and smooth it out with a spatula.

5. Bake for about 30 minutes. Wait for brownies to cool until you cut them into slices, because they can be extremely hot and gooey…and delicious. (Totally worth the burnt taste buds, just sayin..)

You wouldn’t believe how delicious these are! I promise (I say this often…) there is NO taste whatsoever of beans! ๐Ÿ™‚

And to be honest, these are kind of like protein brownies with the black beans and cashews that are in them.

Ok, ready for a challenge.

I triple dog dare you to eat these without a glass of milk!!

Now THAT’S freak nastay!

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  1. You did it again! Yum, yum, yum! I will take on your dare (any excuse to have to eat a few of these). ๐Ÿ™‚ OMG- now I’m going to be dreaming of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a good thing!
    PS- and I can’t get “freak nastay” out of my head. ha!

  2. Ari they look amazing and even though I have yet to try beans in any baked goods, it’s recipes like these that are convincing me ๐Ÿ™‚ Amazing and gooey and wonderful!

  3. Sรผnne says:

    Ah, great, why did you have to do it? I just bought some black beans to bake Happy Herbivore’s brownies and now you’re coming up with an even more decadent version! And also one that I don’t have the ingredients or food processor for … boo, you’re making me a sad girl now (just kidding – sort of).

  4. Waaah, these photos are killing my eyes :O :O These looks so so good Ari! So chewy and chocolaty!
    And I could not agree more! I need my chocolate at least once ore twice (or more..) times a day, so I always make sure it is high quality and not filled up with white sugar and nasty stuff! And I make so many healthy desserts, that there is no time to even miss those old unhealthy desserts!
    I feel better when I eat healthy, not bloated, stuffed and with an even BIGGER craving (and that would be one crazy craving!!).

  5. A woman needs her chocolate, even when Aunt Flo is on vacation! I’m all over these. They look so rich and gooey.

  6. I am SO drooling over these right now! It is 9 am and I want chocolate!! I want these! You had me at cookie dough!!

    Happy Weekend! xoxo <3

  7. Your dessert philosophy is awesome. I have a dessert-moderation problem too and try my best to make sure I’m at least getting good nutrients while having my bean feast.

    These look fantastic. My fav brownies are my Mexican Black Bean, but the addition of a cookie dough layer is so brilliant… I need to make them and do a side-by-side comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Wow. These look great! I was always nervous about trying black bean brownies…do you taste them at all??? I hear they are great though!

  9. I was traumatized by my first(and only!) black bean brownie experiment, unfortunately ๐Ÿ™ But I just have to say, you made these look GOOD! I’m seriously tempted to try them just because of how awesome they look. Love your sweets philosophy too. I certainly don’t deprive myself, but for everyday sweetie cravings I always opt to make something healthier ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. These look beyond delicious – I think I need them ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m a sweet snacker too, all the way, and I don’t think these would last long with me around! Bookmarking straight away…!

  11. Awww fudge. Now I want brownies!

  12. Um, hello, HOW much do I love that you post these gooey delicious treats and they’re never made with simple sugars – thank YOU! I have pinned this to my Pinterest!

  13. I really need to make these, just looking at the pictures is making me hungry!

  14. I just made these last night! Very Yummy!!! I love that all of the ingredients are pretty simple cause I had everything on hand so super easy and tasty.

  15. Oh Ari, you’ve done it again! A recipe I need to try right away. These look so delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  16. Girl, you’re not crazy. You’re just like me – to a T! too sweet? no such a thing. Just a few bites? Who can resist! I just feel lucky that I love healthier stuff just as much as the “real deal” ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. oh boy I should not have read this post tonight!!!! haha
    Now I want one of those layered brownies!
    Michelle and I are big dessert people too ๐Ÿ™‚ And nothing beats a super rich brownie

  18. Just found you and Oh My…love the sweetness on this blog…Thanks!

  19. Katie G says:

    Is there ANYTHING I can use to sub for the bananas? I currently have none in the house and I want these NOOOWWWW ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hmmm, well you could sub pureed dates or pureed raisins. Bananas give it the sweetness, otherwise I would suggest pumpkin or butternut squash puree. If you use pumpkin or squash, you might have to add a little sweetener! Hope that helps :)!! I know how it feels to want something so bad and you don’t have the ingredients!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Have you figured out the calorie, fat, protein, fiber contents? Just wondering, it’s nice to know
    when you are dieting.

    Thank you!

    • I’m sorry Cindy but I don’t have that information. I know there are websites that you can enter the ingredients and figure it out though :), hope that helps!


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