Monday 22 October 2018

Black Bean Brownies

black bean brownies

I know that this may sound like a strange recipe but you're simply going to have to trust me on this one! Brownies always prove popular- not only are they an instant crowd pleaser but the proof in the pudding, if you'll pardon the pun, is that they're amongst the most popular recipes on my website, with the Nutella Brownies and Chocolate Orange Brownies both consistently in my top three most read recipes. Don't be put off by the unusual ingredient in these as I'm sure that once you try them, you'll love them as much as the other brownie recipes I've shared.. the black beans add a wonderfully indulgent fudgy texture & I love them so much that I was tempted to really go overboard on the alliteration and call them "Best Ever Black Bean Brownies"!

Three great health benefits: boosts mood, good source of fibre, promotes healthy skin

Makes 16

2 tbsp chia seeds
6 tbsp cacao powder
1 x 400g can black beans, drained
200g ground almonds
120ml maple syrup
60ml coconut oil (liquid)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
30g chopped walnuts

1) Start by making the "chia eggs" by combining the chia seeds with 6 tbsp water. Set aside for half an hour, until a gel forms.
2) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line an 8 inch square cake tin with baking paper.
3) Place all of the ingredients, including the chia eggs but except for the walnuts, into a food processor and whizz together until smooth.
4) Pour the mixture into the prepared brownie tin and smooth the top to ensure it's an even layer. Sprinkle with the walnuts.
5) Bake for 25 minutes, until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares.

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