Blackbean Brownies


I recently made some "blackbean blondies" which went down a treat in our house! This was a real miracle considering the recipe was completely made up and in no way guaranteed to work!

I looked for a black bean brownie recipe and came across a few but they all said "sugar free" then added 1/2 cup maple syrup. I played around with this one and have managed to completely cut out the syrup and just had 2 tbsp brown sugar for the whole recipe and extra sweetener through banana.

Benefits of this recipe vs. traditional brownie - much higher in protein and fibre (way more filling), less saturated fat (better for the heart), and less calories (better for the waist line). It still counts as a "treat" food BUT it is much higher in nutrients and better for our bods than the alternative.

Here it is:

Ingredients:

- 1 tin black beans

- 2 heaped Tbsp cocoa

- 3/4 cup flour

- 1/4 tsp salt

- 2 tsp vanilla essence

- 2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

- 1/4 cup oil

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 2 small bananas

- Chocolate chips (Dark chocolate adds a richer flavour without you needing to add as many!)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Add all ingredients (EXCEPT CHOCOLATE CHIPS) to a large bowl and blend with a stick blender- or throw in a food processor.

2. Process until smooth

3. Add chocolate chips and mix through

4. Transfer mixture into a 20cmx 20cm baking paper lined tin and place in oven for ~20 mins. Don't over cook it! When it comes out of the oven it really looks under cooked- just leave it to cool and it turns into a soft, chewy texture.

NB: I didn't measure the chocolate chips because I tend to not measure anything when I bake ! So writing out a recipe is big for me. Add as many as you like I say!

ALEXANDRA TULLY- PALMERSTON NORTH DIETITIAN- PALMERSTON NORTH & CENTRAL HAWKES BAY COOKING CLASSES, NZ