No, no, no, Grateful Dead fans. These brownies–which are apparently a newly rebirthed rage in Weight Watchers and among several circles of friends, dietitians, and moms–use black beans instead of flour. Yup, you heard right: gluten-free, flour-less black bean brownies. For dessert! And since we only live once, I’ve taken a fantastic version from the Meal Makeover Moms and replaced the 3 eggs with a hefty dose of flaxmeal and warm water. Don’t be scared… I’ve ADDED 3 crushed candy canes to the batter. And if that still doesn’t negate the fact that there are beans in your dessert, you’ll just have to hold your breath and jump in. These gooey squares of goodness are INCREDIBLE! (As my 5-year-old proclaimed, “These are better than Tings!,” which speaks mountains.)
Gooey Louie Bean Brownies
Makes 9 large squares
3 Tbsp flaxmeal soaked in 1/4 cup warm filtered water for 5 min until a gel forms
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and well-rinsed
3 Tbsp melted Earth Balance margarine, or other non-hydrogenated margarine
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup almond meal (optional, but decreases the goo factor while still keeping the brownies gluten-free)
1 tsp apple cider or rice vinegar
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 crushed candy canes or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flaxmeal and water and set aside.
In a food processor or blender, process black beans, melted margarine, and vanilla until smooth.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and almond meal (if using).
Stir in the black bean mixture, flaxmeal/water, and vinegar. Add chocolate chips and crushed candy canes or peppermint extract (if using).
Bake in a lightly oiled 9 X 9-inch baking dish for 40-45 minutes until edges start to pull away from the sides of the baking dish.
Nutrition Info Per Square: 225 calories, 7.5 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 37.5 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 21.5 g sugar, 4 g protein, 3% calcium, 22% iron
Don’t you wish you made 2 batches?
Other top-secret ways to weave beans into your day? We want to know!