I finally hit the wall… the sweets wall. Trying to eat Gluten Free while cooking & running a cooking business for a living is difficult, and some times you just need a nice little pick me up. Unfortunately most sweet little pick me ups contain wheat – including my all time fave candy – red licorice… yes there is wheat in red licorice! Who knew! In my quest to satisfy my sweet tooth without going broke (went to the Gluten Free Bakery the other day and spent $10 on 2 (regular sized) cookies + 1 small square) I decided to try Black Bean Brownies. I know – some of you just barfed a little in your mouth right? Beans – Brownies – GROSS! – Wrong! So good! The beans serve as the binding ingredient instead of flour, and all ingredients are blended or pureed so that the batter looks just like regular brownie batter. The result a yummy Kid Approved – slightly lighter in texture tasting delicious brownies!
Kid 1 (age 6) gave it a 10 – These are AWESOME Mom! and Kid 2 (age 4) – Yum – can I have these for breakfast?
We love peanut butter here so I added it into this recipe. I would usually use Stevia however I didn’t have any available so I used sugar instead. Next time I would also pump up the instant coffee and use dark chocolate and make it into a Latte Brownie. Try it and let me know what you think!
Peanut Butter – Black Bean Brownies
- Peanut Butter (1/4-1/2c)
- 1 – 15.5 oz can Black Beans – drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp instant coffee (grinds)
- 3 TB oil (safflower oil is ideal – or used EVOO or Vegetable oil)
- 3 eggs (can try flax eggs if you are vegan)
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- pinch salt
- my secret ingredient: 3 milk chocolate/peanut butter cups (or use
1/2 c milk chocolate chips)
- Preheat Oven to 350 & lightly grease 8 X 8 square dish
Use a hand mixer with wand (or place all ingredients in a blender or food processor) and blend until smooth.
Pour half of the mixture into the pan. Chop up the cups and sprinkle on top. Melt peanut butter (25 seconds in microwave) and pour 1/2 of it all over brownie mixture.
Pour the other half of the brownie mixture on top. Pour rest of melted peanut butter on top and swirl it through the brownie mixture with the end of a butter knife.
Place in oven and bake for about 40 mins, or until the sides are coming a way from the pan. The brownie should look set but not completely solid. Allow to cool in pan for a 1/2 hr before removing (this will allow the middle to set).
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