A few months ago Tomi(VeganNigerian.com) created a vegan challenge where people had to create a sweet and savoury dish with the secret ingredient 'Beans' (There is another vegan challenge starting in a few days visit www.VeganNigerian.com for more deets). Anyhoo we decided to do the challenges ourselves and for me it was fun and exciting culinary journey. After lots of failed experiments, I tried this chocolate fudge brownies and it was delicious! I seriously could not believe it was so tasty and there was no hint of beans whatsoever.
I decided to test this recipe on an unsuspecting member of the public( Le Husband). After work on evening I told him I fancied desert after dinner and asked if he would be interested. Of course he said yes, so I went into the kitchen and secretly performed the beanie magic voila! Chocolate fudge brownies, crispy on top and gooey inside. After devouring the 'creation' I asked him if any thing felt different and he couldn't find anything other than the brownies tasting a bit gluten free....ha!
I later revealed the secret ingredient leaving him feeling hoodwinked (insert smug feeling)!
This black bean Chocolate fudge brownies is a gluten free and healthier alternative to the usual chocolate brownies, It is especially great from women during PMS and pregnancy because it is chock full of so many good-for- you nutrients like...
Folate- Great for women's reproductive health
Fiber- Keeps you fuller for longer
Protein-Building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin
Copper- Balances cholesterol and an antioxidant
Manganese- Strong bones, smooth skin and controls blood sugar
Iron- Supply oxygen to blood, brain health and sustained energy
Here is what you will need
- 1 can of 400g Black beans- washed and drained
- 1.5 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3-5 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- Half a cup of Sugar can be substituted with sweetener
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
- 3 table spoons of Coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 egg or flax egg if you are vegan (2 table spoons of ground flaxseed and 6 tablespoons of water, leave to soak for 15min).
Preheat oven at 170 degrees Celsius and grease muffin tin or cake pan
Step 2(if vegan)
Prepare the flax egg, by mixing 2 tablespoons of grounded flaxseed and 6 tablespoons of water
Put all the ingredients( from the ingredient list) in a food processor or blender and blend till smooth
Scoop mixture in a greased muffin tin or cake tin
Bake in for 15-25 minutes till a skewer comes out clean or the tops dries up
Looks yum right?! Try it out if you are brave ;) and let me know how it goes.