Thursday, May 30, 2013

Black Bean Brownies, Updated

As my quest to get my girls to eat healthier continues I find the need to make the snacks we enjoy a little better for us. One of the ways we are working toward that is by eating a more plant based diet. We are also trying to reduce the amount of processed foods we eat. This is not easy for us. Processed foods are so easy for people who are too busy to plan meals. If we are to eat more whole foods we will need to plan better. And start cooking together more. To facilitate this we were offered an amazing cookbook for review called The Karma Chow by Melissa Costello. In it you will find vegan as well as gluten-free recipes that look simple and tasty.

First up:

Black Bean Brownies

  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • coconut oil for greasing pans
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup oat or almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup grain-sweetened or vegan chocolate chips
To make date paste: 
Pour 2/3 cup hot water over 1 cup pitted dates and soak for about an hour. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and process until a smooth, thick paste is formed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease mini muffin tins with coconut oil.

In a food processor with the s-blade, combine the black beans, banana, agave nectar, date paste, coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until well combined and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Fill muffin tins about two-thirds full and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

We found we needed to cook them for a little longer than 30 minutes. Check yours to see. The girls thought them very yummy! I love feeding them good food!

Mo loves to fill the tins.

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