So I eventually got my mitts on some black beans. I thought I would happily settle with my Chickpea Blondie creation (they were bloody amazing) but I just HAD to give these black bean dreams a go. Both of these bakes were created over the space of three days and I’m pretty sure my family are convinced I have finally lost the plot… They could be right but u know wot, these are some of the best brownies I have ever gobbled, regardless of containing black beans rather than butter and sugar. I know, mind boggling.
Don’t get me wrong, I love brownies no matter what shape, size or ingredients (check this out if you fancy more) but I also love getting creative and experimental with other baking options, especially when you get unexpected miracles coming out of the oven. That’s what baking’s all about, right?
This recipe is easy peasy and it is also pretty good for yo’ boday. By eating these brown squares of joy you are giving your body a huge boost of protein, which if you are veggie is a massive plus. They also have a glycemic index of 7 (below 10 is considered low) so they don’t make your blood sugars spike then plummet low moments later, making you crave more of the sweet stuff. Finally, the are packed with dietary fibre that makes you feel fuller and more satisfied quicker which is great for appetite control. Corrr, feels like a science lesson up in here!
I’ve bean waffling on for ages, lets get down to it.
Here’s what you will need:
1 can of black beans
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp maple syrup/ honey/ agave
2tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
sprinkle of salt
Pecans (or any nut you fancy!)
What you do:
Pre-heat the oven to 180C and line a medium square baking tin.
Wack everything into a blender (except pecans and baking powder) and blitz until you have a smooth batter (taste test along the way, add more maple syrup if you fancy). Finally whizz in the baking powder and fold in some pecan pieces.
Pour into your tin, scatter a few more pecans and pop into the oven for around 20 minutes, do the skewer test and if it comes out clean, take them out, leave them to cool slightly and dig in!
What do you think?