Monday, August 8, 2011

The Deceptive Black Bean in the Form of a Brownie

"Beans, you mean beans as in beans a colleague said" I made this batch of black bean bean brownies and took them to work for morning tea and whilst I did get some funny looks regarding the main ingredient most seemed eager to try even if they were biting their lip in anticipation of their first bite. By the end of the day there wasn't any left so it can't have been to bad and could quite easily be regarded as deceptively delicious.

Canned beans can be used if you have them on hand or are pressed for time but if you do have some extra time spare then soak and prepare dried beans if you can. * I have given instructions on cooking the beans below and also some meal suggestions in the event you have some leftovers beans to use up.

Blackbean Brownies
Makes 24 Brownies

100gms dark chocolate, melted
2 cups black beans, pre cooked
1 cup fresh dates, seeds removed
100gms avocado
½ tspn sea salt
½ tspn baking soda
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 heaped tablespoon raw honey
½ cup pecan meal
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup pecans, roughly chopped

Cocoa Powder for Dusting

Preheat oven to 185 degress ceclius
Line a 20 x 30 cm slice tray with baking paper and lightly spray with oil
Melt the chocolate by placing it in a bowl over a pot of boiling water
Place the black beans, dates and avocado in a food processor and whiz until smooth and combined
Spoon the mixture into a separate bowl and add melted chocolate, sea salt and baking soda
Fold in the eggs, honey, vanilla, pecan meal and 1/2 cup of pecans
Mix thoroughly to combine
Spoon or pour the batter into the prepared tin
Place in oven and bake for 25 – 30 mins
Remove from oven and cool before dusting with cocoa powder

Black beans are available from most supermarkets and health food stores in the form of canned or dried. If you choose to buy the canned version you will need to rinse them well before serving althernatively if you plan to use dried beans then follow the instructions below:

They do require a minimum soaking time of four hours prior to cooking. Place the black beans in a bowl and fill with water to about 2 cm above the black beans. When soaking time has elapsed rinse the beans well by placing them in a strainer and running water from the tap over them. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Add the beans and allow to simmer away for approximately 1 hour or until the beans are soft. Cool then use.

Other Ways With Beans:

1. Green Wraps - Spoon some beans, avocado and whatever other veges you have into lettuce leaves, add some relish or pesto and wrap for a quick bite that is healthy and quick. Easy for lunch and a great way to use up leftovers.

2. Black Bean Burritos - I have also made something similar to these for the kids before using mountain bread wraps instead or regular tortillas. I also topped them with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of ricotta instead of the cheese. They proved popular and were great for lunch the next day and this quick salad is a winning way to use up leftover beans as well.

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  1. W.O.W.

    1) I've never had a black bean brownie, but my life has just been taken in a new direction.

    2) I love that you have an ENTIRE HALF of an avocado in each burrito. That's my stizz.


  2. If I can figure out the grams conversion, I would love to file these under desserts and try these. 100gm avocado? Is that one avocado? The food combinations are so interesting and I am really intrigued. I've never even purchased dates...

  3. Anonymous9/8/11

    Those wraps look scrumptious!

  4. The brownies look moist and fudgy and the folks probably wouldn't of known the difference had you not told them!

  5. Absolutely love this post; great way to show the versatility of beans ... from a brownie to a lovely lettuce wrap. Love this post...I wish we lived closer so I could come over and share this meal with you.

  6. wow! your pictures are just gorgeous and these recipes sound incredible!

  7. Anonymous9/8/11

    Yummo!!! I have tasted black beans in brownies and it actually gives them a really creamy gooey texture....super good!!! Love your font that you use on your blog too!!!

  8. I do love black bean brownies! These look delicious!

  9. What a terrific idea! Its amazing how people are reluctant to try anything a bit new or healthy- but c'mon,brownies always taste good!

  10. Awesome! I've been wanting to make black bean brownies! And I love using lettuce leaves as wraps. So crispy and tasty and fresh.

    Clever girl, you are.

  11. I've had black bean brownies on my to-make list for over year now!! Love the addition of avocado in place of butter :-) Now I really must get onto making them!

  12. Yes I've also been wanting to make black bean brownies after seeing Heidi Swanson's recipe. Yours look divine!!
    Heidi xo


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