Many of us were born with a sweet tooth, but we’re here to tell you that it’s possible to enjoy treats like brownies without all the refined sweeteners and unhealthy stuff. Recently our friend Clara (@FoodFitnessAndFaith on Instagram) baked these gluten-free flourless black bean brownies, paired them with Natura Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was absolutely heavenly.
This brownies recipe, originally shared by Monique of Ambitious Kitchen, makes a great guilt-free snack, as it’s packed with protein, fiber, iron and other stuff that your body will love.
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (Grade B or C is best)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brewed coffee (optional to enhance chocolate flavor)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (It’s important to use a high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
*If you prefer a more cake-like consistency, use 4 eggs instead of 3
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking tray with nonstick cooking spray.
Blend black beans and 1 egg in a food processor. Add 2 more eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and coffee; process again until smooth. Next add in cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; process once more until smooth. Next fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.
Divide batter evenly in baking tray. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips evenly among the top of the batter. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Place on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then slice into individual squares.
Pour yourself a glass of organic wine (we recommend Natura, of course!) and enjoy!
Once you’ve enjoyed a brownie or two, keep them fresh by storing them for a day at room temperature, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate.