Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bean Brownies

This recipe is great for people who can't eat gluten, wheat, or flour. Instead of using flour to bake brownies, you substitute using beans instead. It comes up (almost) looking and tasting exactly like regular brownies. I have to admit they taste pretty good, but they still taste sort of bean-y to me (it might just be in my head). Anyways, try for yourself and tell me what you think.

I had gotten this recipe from the bean ladies. You can buy a package of pre-measured beans from them and they include a pre-measured package of cocoa, chocolate chips, and the recipe. But for the recipe, you also need eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. It costs about $7 just for the package, so it's probably cheaper to just buy the ingredients yourself.

For the recipe: Take 2 cups of black beans, rinse them, and soak them in about 3 inches of water overnight. Rinse the beans again, and boil them for about 45 minutes or until soft. Drain the cooked beans. (Alternate method: If you want it to be quicker, you might also be able to use the pre-cooked canned beans)

Dump the drained and cooked beans into a blender and add 3 eggs, 3 tbsp of oil, 3/4 cups of sugar, 2 tbsp of vanilla extract, and 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, and blend until smooth. Mix in chocolate chips, and transfer the mixture to a brownie pan. Bake in the oven of 350 degrees for about 1/2 an hour. For me it took 50 minutes because I used a cake pan, but I kept testing with a toothpick to see if its cooked. You can also cover with frosting as you like.

They look pretty deceptive huh? :) Bake them. Serve them to people. And see if they realize!

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