Black Bean Brownies

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Cranberry, chocolate morsel black bean brownie ready to eat

I’ve been asked by friends to post this recipe.  It is one of two easy-peezy, nutritive, and delicious desert recipes that I like to make.  Why are they so easy?  I do the magic in a blender.

Over the past 10 years or so, due to digestive complaints, I’ve navigated various food ways to find the right fit for my digestive system and constitution type.  I’ve had to give up gluten-containing foods and greatly lessen my simple carbohydrate intake.

For sweet treats, I typically go for honey or dried fruit sweetened things using nut meals or beans.  This desert in particular is more like a meal and sometimes I’ll even eat it for breakfast and chase it with some homemade kefir. Enjoy!

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The brownies after I took them out of the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes

Black Bean Brownies (with Cranberries and Nuts)

1 1/2 cup soaked and cooked black beans*
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs
1/4 cup dark chocolate morsels (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries (this tangy taste really adds a lot!)

*I soak my black beans in water with 1/4 cup of whey overnight to denature anti-nutrients in the beans.  I then strain out that water and add fresh water the next day to cook them in.

Grease an average sized bread pan with coconut oil.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put all ingredients but the morsels, nuts, and cranberries in the blender.  Blend well.
Then, take the blender off its cradle, add the morsels, nuts, and cranberries.
Stir in the blender.
Pour into bread pan.
Bake for 30 minutes.  Check with a fork.  The fork should not have batter sticking to it after you prick the batter with it.
Cook longer at a lower setting if your brownies happen to be too thick (resulting in a wetter center).
These brownies tend to be rather moist, so don’t be discouraged if they are not fluffy like conventional brownies.
Take out of the oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before cutting.
After they cool, I like to pop the brownies out onto a cutting board to cut (see picture below).

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Turn the baking pan upside down on the cutting board and briskly hit the bottom to pop the brownies out onto the cutting board

 

 

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