The Healthy-haired Chef | Choc-Mint Protein Black Bean Brownies

It hits 3 pm and BAM! Sugar-craving central! You need a sweet treat to put that pep back in your step and help you power through those last few hours of work. Lucky for you, Chef BondiBoost is back with a #droolworthy snack that will satisfy your sugar cravings while also being healthy and great for your hair. 

What’s more, these bad boys are hiding a secret ingredient, and you’ll never guess what it is! Ok, maybe you would have from the title, and yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, the secret ingredient is black beans!


Choc-Mint Protein Black Bean Brownies 
Makes 12


  • 1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well
  • 10g raw cocoa powder
  • 40g quick oats (GF if needed)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100g pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil 
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 115-140g dark dairy-free chocolate chips 
  • 3 drops peppermint essence

Step 1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. 
Step 2. Combine all ingredients, except chips, in a blender or food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Blend extremely well. 
Step 3. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8 In X 8 In pan. 
Step 4. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. 
Step 5. Cook the brownies for 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. 
NOTE: If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight, and they will firm up!


Licking your lips yet? We surely are! These black bean brownies are not only great for a healthy mid-arvo snack but also pack a protein + fibre punch thanks to their secret ingredient, black beans! Keep reading as we delve into the hair-loving benefits this recipe boasts.  

Nutrient/Vitamin  Ingredient  Hair Benefit 
Carbohydrate  Black beans, oats 

Carbohydrates are your bodies preferred source of energy used to create new cells. 

Ensuring you fuel your body with healthy, wholegrain foods, maintains your bodies energy levels and promotes consistent hair growth.

Iron  Raw Cacao

As the number 1 source of plant-based iron, raw cacao is more than just a tasty powder! 
Iron is a critical nutrient in preventing hair loss and encouraging hair growth. Iron is used by the body to transport oxygen in the blood to cells.

These same cells are the cells used in the creation of new hair follicles. 

In reverse, a lack of iron, leading to a lack of oxygen in the cells, causes hair loss as hair follicles can no longer grow or survive. 

Fatty Acid Chains  Coconut Oil

Fat’s main role in your hair’s health is to retain moisture, luster, and shine. They are essential in ensuring hair remains elastic and supple all year round. 

The fatty acid chains in coconut oil are readily absorbed by the body and prevent dry/ flakey scalps (adios dandruff!) 

Vitamin E Coconut Oil

Bursting with antioxidants, this vitamin diminishes the number of free radicals and oxidative stress that cause the hair follicle cells to break down. 

This breakdown contributes to hair loss, so ensuring you’re getting enough vitamin E can aid in maintaining hair growth. 

Protein  Black beans  Hair is predominately made up of a type of protein, called Keratin. Because of this, it relies on extra protein to maintain tensile strength and keep sufficient elasticity.


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 Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie


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