Oh my God, are you excited just SEEING that picture? As if passing on the baton in a brownie relay race..come..I shall share with you, so you too can be Princess of the brownies in your very own kitchen…
There is this whole vegan and gluten free trend that I’m TOTALLY into. Legumes! Using them in cooking is nothing new, but they now lounge in cookies, cakes & frosting. They fake ‘fish’ and provide a satisfying crunch for a salty snack. Beans are the new ‘black’.
I am always looking for ways to find out how to make goodies that are sin free but feel as though they come from the devils bakery. Why? so I can eat them when I want, feel GREAT about it and stay my svelte self. Bean flour (and coconut flour) has been opening up new doors for me as I scouted to find a way of HAVING, without flours that make me feel.. blegh! My adventures led me to the door (website) of Happy Herbivore’s LOW FAT black bean brownies (thanks a million for the recipe!) I checked my map – sugar free, low fat, gluten free, vegan – yep, X marked the spot. black bean chocolate brownies I of course changed the recipe to make it my own…just a tad.
You are now only minutes away from dark fudgey treasure.
From your food chest you will cluster…
15 ounces of black beans (440ml or 1 1/4 cups) – I think cooking your own is best – make loads and then stash your remaining loot in the freezer
2 whole ripe bananas
1 cup organic gluten free oats I used Bob’s Red Mill
1/3 cup agave (I had run out so I blended a mix of 6 juicy prunes and dates)
1 tbs fruit sweetened marmalade (optional)
1 tbs fruit sweetened cranberries (optional)
1/4 cup unsweetened pure cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coffee granules – pour over 1 tbs boiling water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
a couple of shakes of chili powder (purely optional)
Heat your oven to 350f (175) and line a 8 x 8 pan
1. with the exception of the oats & the cranberries, put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and using a hand blender, blend until smooth.
2.fold in the ground oats and cranberries and mix well. If you wanted the brownies less fudgey and more cakey then add 1 tsp baking powder.
Bake for 35 – 40 mins. Check them after 30mins. leave in pan for 5 mins and then gently lift onto a rack to cool.