We're currently in the midst of a busy summer working (we also work as English teachers) and come mid-morning we find we're in need of a snack that's both energising and delicious. These brownies have been the perfect choice recently and keep us going until the early afternoon. If you've read any of our blog before, you'll know that cacao is one of our favourite ingredients, and we love the rich flavour that both the cacao powder and cacao butter bring to the brownies.
If the idea of black beans in a brownie seems weird to you, please don't worry! Whenever we share these brownies with people they have no idea that they're made from beans. Also, we promise this is what gives them their incredible gooey texture and makes them so satisfying due to the high amount of protein and fibre they contain. We hope you enjoy them!
1.5 cups of cooked black beans
1/2 cup of spelt flour
1/3 cup of local honey (or sub with maple syrup)
3/4 cup of raw cacao powder
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1/4 cup of melted cacao butter (you could sub with more coconut oil)
1/2 teaspoon of good quality salt
1/3 cup of oat milk (or any other nut milk)
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of walnut pieces
1. Pre-heat your oven to 190 celsius (gas mark 5) and line a small square baking tray with baking paper. Our tray is 8" by 8".
2. To a food processor, add the beans, flour, cacao powder, salt & baking powder. Blend until well combined.
3.. Add the remaining ingredients (except the nuts) and blend again until smooth.
4.. Stir in the nuts. Spread evenly on your baking tray.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Using the baking paper, lift the brownies out of the tray and allow to cool on a rack before cutting into squares. Enjoy! Store in an air tight container.