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I know, I know. Black bean brownies? The title of the blog post gives away the secret ingredient in these rich and decadent vegan brownies. I’ve looked at posts and Pinterest recipes for black bean brownies. I finally found one, thanks to Chocolate Covered Katie, with a wholesome, easy to follow recipe. The ingredients are staples that I keep on hand. I felt ready to give these flour free, refined sugar free, egg and dairy free treats a try.
Vegan Black Bean Brownies
Vegan Black Bean Brownies
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, sweetened with stevia
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8x8 baking dish.
- Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a food processor. Blend well until completely smooth.
- Stir in dark chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top, if desired.
- Bake 15 minutes. Let brownies cool at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Makes 9 - 12 servings.
Can You Taste the Black Beans?
I prepared this special treat quickly this evening. While the black bean brownies cooled, I brewed a cup of lemon balm tea, with fresh herbs from the garden. Greg knew I was preparing a new dessert recipe, however I didn’t tell him what the ingredients were. I wanted him to taste the brownies first.
The black bean brownies smelled wonderful as they baked. I removed them from the oven after exactly 15 minutes and they were perfect.
After allowing them to cool for about half an hour, it was time for the taste test.
These black bean brownies are WONDERFUL! Rich, moist and full of chocolate flavor, I couldn’t taste the beans at all. Greg enjoyed two brownies, with a glass of almond coconut milk, and declared them very good.
Then, and only then, did I tell them about the secret ingredient. I have to say, I really appreciate that Greg is so willing to try new recipes. He thought the brownies tasted great and found that one or two satisfied him totally.
Vegan Black Bean Brownies Make the Cut
These brownies definitely go into my treat rotation. They are so quick to prepare and have a short baking time. I like too that the recipe makes a small batch of brownies. We primarily eat fruit for “dessert”. Even healthy snacks such as these brownies and Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are considered an occasional specialty rather than a frequent occurrence.
The vegan black bean brownies make a wonderful dessert for guests or a treat to take to a family gathering. No one will guess what the main ingredient is! However I feel good knowing I am contributing to everyone’s health while providing a delicious dessert.
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