Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies. Spoiler alert: you make these brownies in a blender.
Beans. They really are the magical fruit.
Except they aren’t a fruit, they’re a legume.
And they aren’t magical, they’re just very versatile.
I enjoy making succulent chocolate treats out of beans.
Please don’t slap me.
If you’ve been around The Roasted Root for a while, a bean-filled brownie is nothing new to you. Many moons ago, I posted Black Bean Brownies, and all the peeps went bonkers cah-ray-zee over them. Even more moons ago, I posted Garbanzo Bean Brownies, which are more like fudge, but that’s neither here nor there.
BT Dubs, “chickpea” is a fancy word for “garbanzo bean.”
Beans. Not just for burritos.
Real talk: Do these chocolate lumps of lovin’ have the flakey top and “the edge” (as I like to call it…you know, where the brownie meets the pan and makes a layer o’ crisp) the way a gluten brownie does? No they do not. But they are still everything you want in a brownie and more. Because they’re healthy + fudgy, rich, moist, and addicting.
Before I made these brownies, I told myself I wouldn’t eat the whole batch. Riiiiiiight.
These low-glycemic gluten free brownies include chickpeas, raw cacao powder, coconut sugar, and just the tiniest smidge of coconut milk. I added in coffee grinds to give depth of flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can leave them out. I also added dark chocolate chips, because: goo.
Are you wondering if these brownies taste like beans? I have the answer to that. They don’t. They taste like brownies.
Combining the health qualities of chickpeas, raw cacao powder and coconut sugar yields a brownie with benefits. They are full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and are low on the glycemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar the way a normal brownie does. Can we make brownies with benefits?
I used Navitas raw cacao powder and coconut sugar for this recipe. The company focuses on all natural superfoods, which makes baking healthful treats a cinch. Their products are raw, vegan, non-GMO, and organic.
These should be called blender brownies because all you do is toss the ingredients in a blender, flip the switch, then bake your batter. You don’t even need a bowl. A no-bowl brownie is a good brownie!
Beans. They do a brownie good.
Note: I was not compensated for this post but was given product with which to make the recipe. All opinions are my own.