I made these brownies for a clothing swap my friends were having. The host is vegan and therefore I wanted to make something she would also enjoy. I love a good cooking challenge and I’m really happy with the way these came out. They are very moist and fudgy. I never would have though black beans would be a good mix in a treat but it worked well. Obviously because these have beans they are not paleo. But these are a tasty treat that you would not know are healthier if you weren’t told.
Black Bean Brownies
1 can of black beans (rinse these well to help reduce the sodium)
1/2 cup of almonds
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup of cashews
1/2 cup of soaked dates
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1/3 cup of honey
1/2 and 1/8 cup of cocoa powder (I used a different recipe as a guide for this one. I don’t know where this crazy measurement came from but it makes the brownies super good)
1 tsp vanilla
I didn’t add the chocolate chips because they were made with milk, thereby negating any efforts to make this vegan. However, they would be super good if you are so inclined.
In a food processor make flour from the coconut and almonds. People, I cannot say enough about how easy this is. Coconut flour and almond flour is very expensive. By blending it yourself you save a lot of pennies. It isn’t as fine as what you buy at the store which is the only downfall. But if you are serious about going grain-free then you really ought to try this out. Remove your “flour” from the blender and add the cashews. Blend these until you make butter. Then add all your ingredients including “flour” back to the blender and process until smooth. Spread in a well greased dish and bake at 350 for 3o minutes. If you like your brownies more fudge-y this is when you want to take them out. If you like them more done, leave them in longer. Since there are no eggs in this you don’t have to worry about under cooking it. You could eat this without baking if you want it as a dip. It is very tasty that way. When they cool you can cut them and eat them.