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Mexican Hot Chocolate Breakfast Bars + #Giveaway


Imagine a fudgy, delicious brownie. . . and now imagine you can have it for breakfast. (That’s always a choice, I guess, but it may not be a good one if you like fitting into your clothes). With this recipe though, you can have that brownie any time of day, without feeling a speck of guilt. That’s because this one is made with sweet potato, black beans, and cocoa, Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Almond Flour/Meal and Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Coconut Flour.  

It’s intensely chocolate-y, like a dark chocolate bar, with cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper creating a low heat that lingers in the background of every bite.

This recipe uses honey instead of added sugars, plus it’s gluten free, and even grain free, so more of the family can enjoy. And before you think that being that “free” of things means it can’t be good too, take a look at this picture:  

Half brownie, half fudge, and all delicious.

If you’ve never baked with coconut and almond flour, I think this recipe is a good first experiment. This recipe took me some time, and I think I probably did 4 or 5 tests with slight tweaks until I hit on this exact combination. It’s a little different, for sure – I’m really starting to appreciate the crumbly-fudgy texture I’ve heard about from friends who use a nut-and-coconut paleo baking combo.  It’s still strange to me that neither almond nor coconut are the predominant flavors here–just CHOCOLATE.

 You will need a food processor to whip it up (unless you’re feeling very strong and determined, in which case I bet you could get pretty good results with a potato masher and a whole lot of effort). A food processor definitely makes this recipe easier.  I don’t have any pictures to share of the food processing steps because, to be honest, mashed black beans and sweet potato don’t look all that appetizing. You’ll just have to trust the process, and understand that this recipe is an ugly duckling . . .


 . . . until it’s a beautiful pan of rich cocoa-y goodness, scenting your kitchen with cinnamon, melting chocolate, and toasted marshmallow –y goodness from the browned coconut on top.


Well . . . how about it? Do you think you could handle a lightly sweet, spicy dark chocolate square with your morning coffee?

 Well, you have the chance to win a prize pack with new Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Coconut Flour and Gluten Free Almond Meal/Flour and make your own by entering the contest below! It’s so exciting to have so many new products to give away. Good luck!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Breakfast Bars


  • 1 can (15-oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup medjool dates pitted (about 5-6)
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato (1 15-oz can, or 1 large baked sweet potato)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Hodgson Mill Milled Flax Seed, or 2 travel packets
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, plus 1 tsp. more for pan
  • 1/2 cup Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Almond Meal/Flour
  • 1/2 cup Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate baking chips, for top
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, for top (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9x9 inch pan with cooking spray and "flour" it with 1 tsp. cocoa powder, shaking until cooking spray is evenly coated with cocoa. In the large bowl of a food processor, combine coconut oil, dates, honey, and black beans and pulse until smooth. Add sweet potato (if you baked a sweet potato instead of using canned, cut it into chunks) and pulse again until smooth, scraping sides as needed. Add eggs, vanilla extract, yogurt, and flax seed and pulse until combined. Add all dry ingredients (including cayenne, if using) and pulse again until combined. Mixture will be extremely thick and fudgy. Spoon into prepared pan, and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and coconut flakes, pressing lightly into the top of the batter. Bake 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes and cover with foil if coconut is browning more than you like. Let cool, slice, and serve.



Makes 10-12 servings

Original Recipe by Erin

You can find Mexican Hot Chocolate Breakfast Bars and other recipes from Hodgson Mill by visiting the Recipes page.

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Avatar  Natascha last yearReply

Made these today! Would up the honey somewhat or the dates! They are really good! Filling!

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Avatar  Richelle last yearReply

Oh my! Is it okay if I eat the whole pan in one day? I just HAVE to make these. Like yesterday.

Avatar  Joanna Sprik last yearReply

These look amazing!! Om nom nom...

Avatar  Heather last yearReply

Looks good!

Avatar  tara pittman last yearReply

I need to make these!

Avatar  tracy last yearReply

Looks yummy ! Chocolate!

Avatar  Susan last yearReply

Those look amazing!

Avatar  Lisa last yearReply

Looks good! Have to try it!

Avatar  Jennie last yearReply

Looks great, can't wait to try it!

Avatar  Dina J last yearReply

I have to tell you that I CAN imagine enjoying a lightly sweet, spicy dark chocolate square with my morning coffee!

Avatar  Erin last yearReply

Hi Dina, I hope you can do more than imagine it soon! :)

Avatar  Lilian last yearReply

Looks delicious!

Avatar  Kzspot last yearReply

Looks easy, and sounds yummy!

Avatar  christopher sorel last yearReply

yum look tasty

Avatar  Mary Brown last yearReply

Now that would be my choice for Cinco de Mayo!

Avatar  Linda F last yearReply

These look delicious!

Avatar  Maria last yearReply

These Mexican Hot Chocolate Breakfast Bars look so yummy! and best of all so healthy! Perfect for my sweet tooth!

Avatar  Katie Heath last yearReply

MMMm those look awesome! Would love to win the giveaway!

Avatar  M Daniela C. last yearReply

OMG!! Sounds awesome I love it , good dessert for any occasion !!

Avatar  brandi ellison last yearReply

this looks so yummy i will have to make it!

Avatar  Rosie last yearReply

I have been wanting to find a good dessert recipe using beans, and this is the most spectacular! And to have it for breakfast?!!! I might think anyone having it may not believe they have awoken yet! Oh boy, I must make this - asap!

Avatar  Thomas Duin last yearReply

Sound Great , I will have to give theses a try.

Avatar  Dhonna Schwertl last yearReply

I might just try this with an egg substitute...

Avatar  Erin last yearReply

Hi Dhonna, which substitute do you think you'll try? In any case, I hope you'll let me know how it turns out! I mean to keep experimenting, and I just ran out of time to find reliable substitution recommendations for this post. :)

Avatar  Maryann D. last yearReply

Coconut and Almond are two of my favorite foods. I would love to try this for sure! It looks delicious.

Avatar  vicky last yearReply

seems more dessert-y than breakfast-y, but looks delicious!

Avatar  liz leblanc last yearReply

sounds yummy

Avatar  Kari Thompson last yearReply

These look amazing!

Avatar  Margee Sympson last yearReply

looks delicious!

Avatar  CATHARINE R last yearReply

Will definitely try this!

Avatar  abby ray last yearReply

that looks incredibly good, will make some!

Avatar  Alana Vester last yearReply

These look delicious! I would love to try to make these.

Avatar  Allison last yearReply

That looks great! I love the cinnamon/chocolate combination.

Avatar  Lisa last yearReply

Looks good but we eat low carb so it's not for me!

Avatar  April last yearReply

Can't wait to try these new flours! This recipe looks great!

Avatar  Hollie last yearReply

Looks delicious!

Avatar  Roshelle last yearReply

I cannot wait to try out this recipe!!! I love it!

Avatar  Lori Jarvenpaa last yearReply

Looks yummy!!

Avatar  Roxie Harwell last yearReply

Yum! This looks scrumptious!

Avatar  Andy last yearReply

These look amazingly delicious!!!

Avatar  cyndi br last yearReply

chocolate and coconut together and its gluten free YUM

Avatar  Melissa L. last yearReply

These look delicious!!!

Avatar  Jess M. last yearReply

These look amazing. Not to mention they are better for you than regular desserts( or breakfasts!)

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Avatar  Kaye Newman last yearReply

This looks so yummy! I can't believe its not fattening!

Avatar  Kristen last yearReply

These look so good!

Avatar  Tammy Brownlow last yearReply

Yum! Looks like breakfast for dessert!

Avatar  amy mayer last yearReply

These look SO delicious--thanks for sharing such a great recipe!!!

Avatar  karen koutrakos last yearReply

WOW these look absolutely amazing !!! Pick me pick me for the giveaway !! ;)

Avatar  Samantha last yearReply

The Hot Chocolate Breakfast Bars look yummy....I love using coconut and almond flour in baked goods...I never would have though that they contained beans or sweet potatoes...how clever...my kids would never know.

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