YES. Black beans!
STOP what you're doing, and get to the store ASAP to pick up these ingredients. Now. These brownies are SO good, and I just couldn't wait to share them with the world! If you've never heard of a black bean brownie, or feel a bit iffy since the name sounds funky, have no fear. They taste like the real deal fudgiest brownies out there!! No dairy. No gluten. No eggs. Just chocolate ;) AND since the base is black beans, they're loaded with iron + protein.. so that makes them like a meal, right?
SO We made it to Friday, and through the snow storm. I still had work so I couldn't fully enjoy the snow day, but walking home on the black ice at night is just as good, right (-_-) ? If you live in the city, or really any city when it snows, you know the next day(s) are never too pretty. Side walks are slushy, everything has gone from white to brown, and you randomly hit a sheet of ice where you may or may not almost break a bone. Ahhhh gotta love it! But when it does snow, it's the prettiest sight. The sky is just a little more golden the night before, and it's so quiet as the snow falls. The strangest thing, but I swear it's true! It's SO quiet! The perfect time to get home in your sweats & whip up a batch of these brownies.
I'm not sure how beans really do the trick and replace the flour, but all I know is I was amazed. This recipe was adapted from Minimalist baker, and as usual, her recipes are serious show stoppers! AND the best part- being they're egg free, you can lick the bowl clean cause aint no fear of salmonella here, folks! Have I sold you yet? Maybe the photo itself will? Let me know what you think!! Happy weekend! xx S.
| Vegan • Gluten Free |
I N G R E D I E N T S:
- 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained/rinsed
- 2 Tbs flax seed meal + 6 Tbsp water
- 3 Tbs coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
COMBINE: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease/line with parchment a square baking pan, or a muffin tin. Either will work! Now, in a food processor, add your flax seed meal & water. Pulse just a few times and let sit for about 5 minutes. Toss in the remaining ingredients and puree until all combined and broken down. You'll need to scrape down the sides a few times, and continue until smooth. It will be a little bit thick, but still pour-able (if that makes sense).
COOK!: Pour it in the baking pan & cook for about 30 minutes. Check once in a while as it comes to the end by inserting a toothpick. Take out & let cool for another 30 before removing from pan & devouring. Lonnnngg & painful waiting, but worth it! Enjoy!
*Notes: Mine were pretty moist & gooey, but I liked them that way! For a firmer brownie, you may want to cook for a little longer :) I've also noticed if you place in the fridge to set after cooked & cooled, they firn up a bit but still remain with a soft brownie texture. Also, add any toppings you like! I keep mine simple, but all to your preference.