Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies for the win!
I kid you not, these brownies are made with black beans.
When I first heard whisperings about the mystical brownie made with black beans, I thought for sure they had to include other ingredients to make the whole thing come together, but for reals: these brownies are completely flour-less! PLUS, I took the recipe a step further to include coconut sugar instead of cane sugar, making these sweet treats naturally sweetened and lower on the glycemic index than regular brownies. Meaning, this is a dessert that won’t spike your blood sugar. I know…it sounds too good to be true.
But it’s so true!
I’ve been enjoying these lumps of lovejoy while writing the intro for my cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks. They’re great for keeping me alert and energized without giving me a sugar crash. Brain food brownies? I think so!
You’re probably wondering how black beans could possibly make for a decadent dessert. Put your faith in the bean. I promise you, these things are like magic. The brownies taste nothing like black beans – they really just taste like brownies! They’re gluten free and come out with dense, velvety texture. Addicting…that’s what they are.
What’s that you say? You want to eat these for breakfast? No one’s stopping you, as the way I see it, these fiber and protein-filled naturally sweetened treats are healthy for you!
Black Bean Brownies are sister to the Garbanzo Bean Brownies I posted back in December. Both are as easy as throwing the ingredients in a blender and flipping the switch. I repeat: these brownies are made in a blender. AH-mazing!
You can do as I do – load them with raw cacao powder, dark chocolate chips and shredded coconut. You can also add fresh raspberries, or simply leave the batter as is…and spoon-feed it to yourself for breakfast.
At some point in this post, I’m going to tell you to put balsamic vinegar in your brownies.
And that would be right now.
Fear not: balsamic vinegar adds richness and takes the place of salt in the recipe. Plus when the vinegar hits the baking soda, it fizzes (not as much as your volcano project in grade school, much to my dismay, but enough-so to have a wow factor). Be dazzled!
Black bean blender brownies. They’re a revelation!