Wednesday, March 27, 2013
So when it comes to getting my family to eat healthy I don't have to find creative ways to sneak veggies in here and there to ensure their getting their daily dose! Whew! So when I hear all these stories about all the people hiding veggies in sweets, drinks and so on it's "foreign" to me. But apparently this epidimic is far more common that I knew because there's a whole cookbook dedicated to creatively incoporating vegetables into meals. So I count my blessings that I've got good eaters, but at the same time I'll definitely test out and compare some recipes that are typically indulgent versus those that are healthy. For instance regular, chewy fudgy brownies versus flourless black bean brownies that claim to be just as chewy, fudgy and rich as the "original" version.
Ruth from Makey-Cakey was our March 2013 Daring Bakers’ challenge host. She encouraged us all to get experimental in the kitchen and sneak some hidden veggies into our baking, with surprising and delicious results!
Flourless Black Bean Brownies
1 1/2 Cups black beans (1 15oz can drained and rinsed)
3 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 Cup quick cooking oats
1/4 Tsp salt
1/3 Cup maple syrup or agave
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar (or 2 stevia pakcets)
1/4 Cup coconut or vegetable oil
2 Tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tsp baking powder
2/3 Cup chocolate chips
Sea salt for topping, optional
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Place black beans, cocoa powder, oats, salt, syrup (or agave) sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and baking powder in a food processor, blend until mixture is smooth. Once the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, top with additional chocolate chips (if desired), sprinkle with one teaspoon sea salt (if desired) and place in a preheated oven. Bake brownies 15-18 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Recipe source: barely adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie