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Fudgy squares with added health benefits

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MAKES 16

These temptingly rich and dense chocolate-orange slices use black beans instead of flour. Not only do the black beans add a fudgy texture and a dark, chocolatey colour, they are also full of fibre and protein, so are a great way to pack in those nutrients. These fudgy squares are delicious on their own, served with fresh berries such as strawberri­es and raspberrie­s, or with hot custard.

— 1 x 400g can of black beans, drained and rinsed

— 3 eggs

— 150g fat-free Greek yogurt

— 1 tsp vanilla extract — 4 tbsp maple syrup — 2 tbsp light brown soft sugar

— finely grated zest of 2 oranges

— 30g cocoa powder — ½ tsp salt

— 1½ tsp baking powder

— low-calorie cooking spray

— 50g milk chocolate, chopped into small chunks

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6.

In a food processor, whizz up the beans, eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, maple syrup and sugar until smooth.

Add in the orange zest, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder and whizz together again until everything is thoroughly mixed.

Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment, and spritz with low-calorie cooking spray.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and scatter the chocolate chunks over the top.

Place on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes. The slice should be cooked through, but insert a knife into the middle to check: if the mixture is still liquidy, pop back into the oven for another 5 minutes, then check again.

Cut into 16 squares and enjoy warm or cold. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerat­or for up to five days.

Recipe from The Slimming Foodie: Everyday Meals Made Healthy, Hearty and Delicious, by Pip Payne

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