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black bean brownies

Yeah, you’ve read the title correctly. It says indeed black bean brownies. I found this recipe on Beaufood.nl and was pretty curious about it. When I saw there wasn’t any flour in the recipe and only a few spoons of honey I got a bit worried. Then when I opened the can of black beans I was sure of it, there was no way this was going to be an edible recipe. My, oh my, was I wrong… It only took me 1 bite to completely turn around. Black beans are amazing in making a cake-like structure. I’m already making plans for trying it with coconut, that must taste pretty great too. Or banana…

What do you need:
1 can of black beans (400 grams) Note: Without chilly sauce
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 eggs
8 soft dates (the original recipe says 4 but I like them)
3 tablespoons of honey
4 tablespoons with cocoa powder (without added sugar)

Tip: At the very last moment I discovered I still had some mixed nuts laying around. Cut about a handful in smaller pieces and then add them to the batter. I can absolutely recommend this, the crunchiness is great.

I used my blender/mixer things for this recipe, mainly because I’m lazy. The bowl was a tiny bit too small to be very honest but it worked just fine otherwise. In the original recipe they use a mixer, so you could try that. Here it goes:

Preheat your oven on 180 degrees and grease a brownie baking tin. I used 1 that was about 23 cm. in size, but if you have 1 that’s a bit smaller I’d recommend to use that. About 20 cm. is perfect.

Take out the pits from the dates and then let them soak in warm water for about 5 minutes.

Throw out the water and let the machine do the work in cutting the dates in a sort of paste. Then open the can of black beans, let the water run out and add them to the dates mixture as well.

Let the machine do the work again in mixing the beans together with the dates in a paste. As soon as the mixture has a bit downgraded in size you can add the rest of the ingredients.

Turn on the machine again and wait till it’s all mixed up in a nice batter. You may want to use a spoon to help it a bit. Before you put it in the oven, it’s important to taste it. I added an extra spoon of cocoa powder, but maybe you feel like it isn’t sweet enough. If it tastes good, you can potentially add the nuts. Just stir them in the batter with a spoon and then put the batter in the baking tin.

Depending on your oven and the size of the baking tin it has to bake for about 20-25 minutes. Mine was done with 20 and even a tiny bit dry, so I would definitely keep an eye on it.

Enjoy!

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