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Black Bean Brownies‐ vegan and gluten-free

 

Yes these delightful-looking confections are Black Bean Brownies- moist, vegan (egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

There are several (thousand??) black bean brownie recipes on the web... this is my choice, an adaptation of the one by the Happy Herbivore

I use Maple Syrup (hey, I'm Canadian) instead of the agave syrup she uses. I also threw in some carob powder because it takes the edge off the bitterness of the cocoa, and is sort of like a light flour without actually being a flour (there are some who call chocolate "the poor man's carob" heheh). This is, in all, an easypeasy recipe and it tastes pretty good too:

I used a Food Processor (you could also use a blender)

Fit a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom of an 8"x8" cake pan, or grease it up.  Preheat the oven to 350F/180C

Put the following into the food processor or blender carafe:

  • 2 ripe, peeled Bananas, in chunks
  • 1 15-oz. can of Black Beans (or 1 19-oz. can of Black Beans, drained of all fluid)
  • 1/4 C. Cocoa powder
  • 1/8 C. Carob powder (optional)
  • 2 T. Cinnamon powder 
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract (or Peppermint Extract)9
  • 1/3 C. Maple Syrup
  • 1/4-3/4 C. organic Sugar (depending on your taste and if the bananas are very ripe-- the riper, the less sugar you need to supplement)
Pulse the above until fully blended, scraping down the sides as required.

Stir in with a spoon before pouring into the pan:
  • 1/4 C. Instant Oatmeal (or more if you want the brownies to be less fudgy and more cake-y)
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when pokedinto the cake.  
I dump some FairTrade chocolate chips on the top of the brownies after I turn the oven off and let them melt in the oven for a few minutes, then spread around for an icing.  
  • Cool, and then refrigerate overnight or for at least a couple of hours... seems to be optimally yummy if refrigerated before eating.  
  •  The beans and the bananas don't show up in any significant way either, if you're wondering.  It's super-healthy-- low fat vegan with lots of fibre!  
  • Enjoy!
  • If you are interested in trying another chocolate bean confection, here is a decadent cookie recipe to sample!





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