May 8, 2009
Low Fat Vegan Black Bean Brownies (Gluten-Free)
Black bean brownies have made their rounds in the diet circuit for years and more recently have popped up on vegan blogs. I'd never been much attracted to them but then my good friend Tara insisted I try my hand at a healthy vegan version. Oh, my! Why didn't I listen to Tara sooner?
This recipe and over 175 recipes are in my new cookbook.
These brownies are really, really good... and so easy to make, too! Since they're also flourless, they're a bit dense and fudge-like. It's amazing how they don't taste like beans... and just to be certain, I had Scott sample the batter AND the brownies before I told him the magical ingredient! He had no clue! So stop what you're doing and run full-speed to the kitchen and make these brownies!
Nutritional Info: 85 calories, 1g fat, 16g carbs, 4g protein (without optional sugar)
Dense, fudge-y and ultra-healthy, these brownies are a great alternative to traditional brownies! It's amazing how they taste like chocolate and fudge and not beans! Chef's Notes: Rolled oats run through the food processor may substituted for the instant oats. Use optional sugar if your bananas are still green and not very ripe.
15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
2 whole bananas
⅓ cup agave nectar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup raw sugar (optional)
¼ cup instant oats
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8x8" pan and set aside. Combine all ingredients, except oats, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, scrapping sides as needed. Stir in the oats and pour batter into the pan. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing. Chef's Note: if you find these brownies are too soft or too fudge-y, add another 1/4 cup oats or flour.