There are enough surprising ingredients in this recipe to make you suspect that the more of these brownies you eat, the healthier you’ll actually become. Just kidding about that last part, dear Heart Sisters. But who puts black beans, coffee, cayenne pepper, and the kitchen sink into a heart-smart brownie recipe? It’s a hybrid of a number of different recipes – a bit from here, a bit from there. Even vegans will love these unique chocolate brownies. Hint: don’t spill the (black) beans when you serve these to family or friends. Let people guess in advance what the secret ingredients are. So far, we’ve never had anybody guess correctly!
Carolyn’s Heart-Smart Chocolate Fudge Black Bean Brownies
First, preheat your oven to 350 and lightly spray or oil an 8 x 8 baking pan.
In a small bowl, combine:
- 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 c. raw sugar
- 1/4 c. strong coffee, cooled
In a large bowl, combine:
- 3/4 c. flour (I use 1/4 c. whole wheat, 1/2 c. unbleached white)
- 1/3 c. cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder (reduce to 1 tsp. if you prefer fudgier brownies)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 c. ground flax seeds
- cayenne pepper to taste – warning: start low, go slow: my first try was too *hot*
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce mixture. Then add:
- 1 c. mashed, cooked (or canned) black beans
Mix until just combined, then gently fold in:
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet or dark vegan chocolate chips – from your health food store
- 1/2 c. cup coarsely chopped unsalted natural almonds (optional)
Spread in prepared pan and bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes, until centre is firm and not sticky. Cool completely before slicing into squares.
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