I've been looking for a good brownie recipe that doesn't use any refined sugar or flour. But most of the ones I've come across have been bland, not chocolatey enough, too dry, or too gooey. But then I came across this recipe on Pinterest, and although I was a little skeptical about using black beans instead of flour, I thought I would give it a try.
I'm so glad I did! Check out the recipe by clicking the title of this post or the "read more" link.
But something funny has happened since I started eating whole, real, unrefined foods. My taste for refined sugary sweets just isn't the same as it used to be. In fact, when a friend placed a platter of 2-bite brownies onto her coffee table one night, I was dying to try one. It had been so long since I'd had one, and I remembered how much I loved them. I picked up the brownie and prepared to be blown away by sweet and sinful goodness.
However, when I bit into the brownie, I was....completely underwhelmed, and kind of disappointed. Those 2-bite brownies simply don't do it for me anymore. In fact, most of the sweets I used to gulp down by the truckload....I mean elegantly savour.....leave me wanting more. It's amazing how much your body comes to appreciate the natural sweetness of whole foods like fresh fruit, or pure maple syrup and honey, when your senses aren't dulled into numbness by over-processed white sugar!
That's where THIS recipe comes in. I have to admit, the idea of using black beans instead of flour in a brownie recipe seemed a little weird to me. Okay, a lot weird. But the ingredient list seemed pretty healthy, and I happened to have everything in my pantry at that moment. Because I really wasn't sure how it would all turn out, I stuck pretty close to the original recipe. The only, slight, difference I made was to replace the chocolate chips for chopped dark baker's chocolate. Everything else is pretty close to the original. Check out the original post where I got the recipe HERE.
My favourite way to enjoy these brownies is with a homemade icing made from mixing organic cream cheese, with cocoa powder and pure maple syrup. I also LOVE them with a homemade date paste made from pureeing dates, warm water and vanilla. Seriously, you HAVE to try that one!
Check out how these brownies came together.
Black Bean Brownies
Makes approx 9 brownies