I have been thinking about the brownies from HH and Dr. Fuhrman and hoping to improve upon them for months now. Finally I had a try at my own version of the ever popular Black Bean Brownie. Using dates rather than agave or sugar and your choice of gluten-free flour rather than oats, you can make these superfood delights. Even omit the flour altogether and add more beans, stewed prunes (not dried) or a mashed banana to create a more moist, chewy treat. Try adding some goji berries or cacao nibs just for fun and added super benefits.
Black Bean Brownie Bites
makes 2 dozen brownie bites
oven 200 degrees
1 15 oz. can low sodium Black Beans or 1 3/4 cups
8 - 10 Medjool Dates (depending on size), pitted
1/2 c. RAW Cacao or non-alkalized cocoa
2 T. RAW Almond Butter
1/4 c. Gluten-free flour such as Almond Flour OR mashed banana OR 1/4 c. more beans
1 T. Vanilla Extract
* if more liquid is needed, and I certainly did, try a splash of leftover morning coffee or chai tea, up to 1/8 c.
2 mini muffin tins or equal for 24 minis
- Preheat the oven and lightly oil or spray the muffin tins.
- Rinse and drain black beans and place in high-powered blender or food processor. Pulse to puree.
- Add dates, sliced with scissors into the machine and pulse again.
- Add Almond Butter, Cacao, Vanilla, and your choice of more beans, banana, prunes or gluten-free flour. If you use the gluten-free flour, you will need to add a bit of liquid as these flours tend to be thirsty. The fruit or bean addition will produce enough liquid on their own for a moist, chewy brownie. Blend or process until well mixed.
- Using a small scoop such as the one pictured OR a tablespoon, fill each mini-muffin cup and flatten brownie mixture to be level with top of cup.
- Bake for 1 hour, or a bit less if you use the black bean/flour mixture.
We enjoyed ours for dessert with frozen banana-cherry soft serve after that delish pasta dish! The photo does not do these little love buckets justice but boy were they Y-U-M! Even better in the morning with your regular cup of joe! Knowing they are primarily made from beans you can eat more than one feeling no guilt what so ever!