Saturday, June 30, 2012

Black Bean Brownie Recipe (Gluten-Free, Vegan)


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, I always think, 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)
  • 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 poked into 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.  Got the man's approval in our household.  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!


Ingredients:

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