With a surprise ingredient, these wholesome brownies are mad with no egg, gluten, or flour!! Feed your kids a nourishing snack after school TODAY!
Black Beans in a Brownie?!
I have seen more recipes with black beans baked into luscious chocolate treats than I can shake a stick at.
This is not an original idea, by a long stretch!
But every time I make these, everyone always wants the recipe, and I have hope that at least a few of my readers haven’t jumped on this bandwagon as of yet. That maybe, I will be the one to push them over that hump and give these deceptive treats a go!
So dense and moist, no one ever guesses (and I mean NO one) that there are black bean lurking within.
Easy Food Processor Preparation
The whole mixture is pureed within a food processor, and then baked….couldn’t be any easier, and most people have these ingredients on hand already or can easily get them at any grocery store.
Black Bean Brownie Variations:
I have made several variations, and they are all good!
- My New Roots adds cherries and chili to her recipe
- Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free adds nuts and yogurt (in her cookbook),
- I have seem others others add coffee granules.
There are lots of ways to play around with this recipe. I chose my ingredients to make them as simple & healthy as possible while still remaining tasty.
Flourless Brownies OR Cookies!
This batter does not move once it is formed, so don’t assume they will smooth and spread out as you bake like most cookie and brownie batters!
These could easily be formed into cookies instead of brownies as you prefer, with only a 10-12 minute bake time.
Here a couple more gluten free and vegan treats you could try too:
Flourless Brownies – Gluten Free | Vegan Recipe:
Dark Chocolate Brownies - Flourless
- 15 oz can black beans or about 1 1/2 cups cooked beans, thoroughly rinsed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted, or other oil melted fat of choice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup honey, or other liquid sweetener
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia (1/4 cup equivalent) or 1/4 cup granulated sugars of choice
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar or any granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons chia meal or flax meal or one egg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vinegar I used apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor bowl (a blender should work too), add all the ingredients through the chia meal. Puree until smooth.
With the motor running, add your other ingredients and mix well.
Pour into a greased or parchment lined 8 x 8 pan. Smooth tops with the back of a damp spoon if desired.
Bake in a preheated oven until 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool, cut into desired shape, and store in an airtight container.
PS: the raspberries coupled with the dark chocolate were perfection!
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