I tried out this recipe because I was so intrigued by it- BLACK BEANS in brownies?? Whatttt. And DATES? No sugar or eggs? Even as the adventurous foodie that I am, whether or not these treats were truly edible, much less tasty, was highly questionable. But they are both edible and tasty!! They really really are!
Since I know that you are probably as skeptical as I was, here are the ingredients you will need to try it and see for yourself:
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 10 Medjool dates, with pits removed
- 2 tbsp almond butter (ingredients should be almonds &salt only)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 C unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
- 1 bar of 88% dark chocolate
* These brownies are also vegan because they do not contain any animal products, like egg or milk
Directions: Begin by pulsing dates in a food processor until they are smooth, add black beans and continue running processor. Next add almond butter and vanilla. Once these ingredients are smooth and well-mixed, transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in cacao powder, chia seeds, and 2/3 of the dark chocolate broken into small chunks. Pour into 8×8 in pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chunks over top brownie batter. Cook at 200 degrees for 90 minutes. * Let cool about 2 hours before slicing and serving* This cooking and cooling process helps create a better authentic brownie texture. It’s surprising how much like a “real” brownie this tastes. Let me know what you think!
The inspiration for this post came from peacefuldaily.com. 🙂