Guilt-free Sweet Week: Black Bean Fudge Brownies

//Guilt-free Sweet Week: Black Bean Fudge Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

I have experienced my share of dessert disappointments. Growing up with my health nut of a mother, I remember getting sugar-free whole wheat apple pies instead of birthday cakes.  One year she iced the bottom of a plate to say “Happy Birthday Kristen” and placed it on the pie yet wouldn’t let me lick the icing.

But now as an adult I am free to eat as many birthday cakes as I like – and while I have adopted the ideals of clean eating I grew up with, I refuse to choke down some of the icky “substitutes” I used to have to.  Now, anyone who knows me I am a picky eater – I do not consume dairy products or red meat and I hard-core avoid gluten and sugar.  So as I have been on a baking kick, I thought I would do a few posts about delicious but healthy desserts.  But while you may think I that on my diet that my recipes involve faux-eating, spooning mouthfuls of air into my gob (an emperors new clothes for food) — you will see that my recipes are both healthy and decadent.  This weekend I brought these brownies to a dinner party and my friends demanded I post this recipe first thing this week!  They are divine – AND dairy-free, flour-free and sugar free!  I think its success is two fold: one – the flavour of cocoa blankets everything, and two – black beans make this cakelet creamy (which most dairy-free desserts lack).  I made some changes to the original recipe which I found in Clean Eating Magazine – you know you’re picky when you modify modified desserts.

Ingredients:

2 oz dark chocolate (70% or higher cocoa – and sugar-free.  I used the Baker’s brand – all the fancy Whole foods one had cane juice in them.  The original recipe had 1 oz – I doubled it for more fudginess)
2 eggs
1 egg white
2 tbsp canola oil + whatever you need to lightly grease the pan.  The orig recipe called for olive oil, but I have ruined enough desserts with this oil.  Its too olivey.  Coconut oil would also be excellent – its the best oil to cook with and lower cholesterol.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce ( you can easily make yours from scratch – I didn’t.  You have to preplan to do this, but if you make it for breakfast – bake these that night)
1/2 Agave nectar (the orig recipe called for honey, but in Ayurveda cooked honey is toxic.  Maple syrup is another option — I wonder how molasses would work)
1/4-1/2 Chopped Walnuts (optional – but delicious)
1 1/2 cups of soft cooked black beans rinsed and drained (if you are like me and try not to use canned goods, you can make a black bean dinner than pull some out for this recipe.  Again, you have to be uber organized)

1. Melt the dark chocolate on a low heat.  I added a few tablespoons of water to help the pot from staining.
2. Add this to a food processor with all the other ingredients and blend.  Pour this into a lightly greased cake pan.  I used the only cake pan I own which is a 10 inch round.  I don’t think it matters – just check the brownies to make sure they don’t burn or get too hard.
3. Cook at 350 Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes.  Its ready when the edges begin to pull away from the sides.  I also pressed the top with the spoon and made sure it didn’t leave an imprint.

4. (optional) – melt some more dark chocolate and add a dollop of agave – and ice the top.  I was trying to sell this brownie to Ben so I brought out all the marketing tricks. My brushed on icing defintely gave some value-add.

Store them in the fridge (making them fudge texture).  I put some in the freezer and they were hard as a rock but were fine when I put them back in the fridge to thaw them out.  I cook intuitively and sometimes my experimentation ruins a good thing.

Black Bean Brownies 2

Another view. Mmmm.

2012-06-14T23:13:52-04:00 By |Healthy Eating|3 Comments

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  1. Marianne September 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Here’s the easiest creamy, decadent dessert ever: tofu flan!

    1. Put one scoop (however much you want to eat) of extra soft tofu in a dish/bowl/cup/whatever you want to eat flan in.

    2. Drizzle the top generously with your favorite honey.

    3. Eat with a spoon.

    It’s sweet, satisfying, creamy, and delicious. You can embellish this recipe with berries, chocolate, kiwis, nuts, maple syrup, and anything else you like. I like it plain; it’s very flan-like on its own. 🙂

  2. Marianne September 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Another very easy dessert: apples and honeycomb.

    1. Carve or spoon out bite-sized portions of fresh honeycomb (I like New Zealand honeycomb from Honeyworld at St. Lawrence Market) onto a bowl/platter.

    2. Slice apples (I like honey crisps) and add to the honeycomb.

    3. Eat them together. Soooo divine!

    The wax is edible, but it’s hard to dissolve on its own; you may end up chewing a wad of waxy gum. Eaten with apples, the beeswax dissolves nicely and can be eaten without chewing any leftover wax afterwards.

    I hope you enjoy these recipes. When I have a sweet craving, they are very quick and nice!

    Another version of this dessert (if you eat dairy) is to add fresh goat cheese. The sharp creaminess with that honeycomb is just heavenly. Seriously, molten lava chocolate cake tastes boring in comparison. Garnish with frozen blueberries and you are in for a higher plane of dessertness. Enjoy! 😀

  3. kristen September 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    These sound very healthy! I will try ’em out asap.

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