These are some of the most fudgy and delicious brownies — they're so good we'd pick them over traditional brownies any day. Don't be scared off by using black beans in a sweet recipe, give it a try and thank us later!
Black beans are one of the most fibre-filled food around, containing both soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre is great for your digestive system and makes sure you have healthy and regular bowel movements. Soluble fibre helps to control your blood sugar levels and can even lower blood cholesterol levels. On top of this, both the black beans and dark chocolate are full of magnesium — a mineral that's part of every cell in your body and involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions. It might even play a role in fighting depression and preventing migraines. So do yourself a favour and get snacking on these brownies for a healthy dose of nutrients.
- 425g (1 tin) black beans (plus half the juice)
- 3 TBSP honey/maple
- 6 TBSP 100% cacao powder
- 2 TBSP almond/hazelnut meal
- 100g dark chocolate (we use 85% or 90%) – melted
- Handful hazelnuts (optional) - chopped
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
This is optional but if you've got the time it's worth it!
- 150g 100% peanut/almond butter
- 50g coconut oil
- 100g maple/honey
- Preheat oven to 180°C and line a brownie tin (6″x 6″).
- In a food processor, blend the black beans until smooth. Alternatively, use a hand blender but this takes a bit longer.
- Melt the dark chocolate on a low heat using a bain-marie.
- Add the dark chocolate to the food processor and blend with the beans.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except for the hazelnuts, and blend.
- Stir the hazelnuts into the mixture.
- Spoon this mix into the brownie tin.
- Bake for 25 minutes until crisp and firm on top. The centre might still be a bit gooey which is what you want.
- Let cool for 30 minutes before adding the frosting.
- Melt the coconut oil on a low heat.
- Mix in the maple and peanut butter.
- Pour the topping on the cooled brownies.
- Leave to set in the fridge for 2 hours.