Cook’s notes: I have a friend who is gluten free and cannot have dairy (but eggs are OK for him). I used margarine instead of butter to meet his dietary needs with this recipe. Since these brownies contain eggs, they are not vegan. I used a yeast spoon (2-1/4 tsp, not just 2 tsp) to measure the vanilla extract. I used Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder and high quality dark chocolate: a bar of Endangered Species brand natural dark chocolate with 88% cocoa (the “black panther” bar). This chocolate is certified vegan, gluten-free, and kosher.
More importantly, these brownies are awesome. You can’t taste the beans, but they add to the texture. They are my new favorite, even beyond conventional brownies.
(I did try to make a second batch vegan with 2 oz unsweetened applesauce instead of the egg, and they just didn’t set up right. Even after 90 minutes in the oven, they were still goopy. This technique is not recommended.)
Yield: 16 squares
Gluten free, dairy free (but not vegan)
15 oz cooked black beans (1 can, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup Earth Balance margarine, melted
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2+ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
3 oz bar dark chocolate with 88% cocoa, diced fine (chocolate chip size)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In a blender, puree the black beans, eggs, melted margarine, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until mixture is as smooth as possible.
Pour the brownie batter into the greased dish. Sprinkle chocolate pieces over the top. Use a spatula to push them down into the batter just a little (they will sink some while the brownies bake).
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until brownies are set in the middle — check them at 45 minutes. Watch the edges for excess browning if you’re not sure they’re done.
Cool and then chill before serving. Store in fridge in covered container.
Source: Adapted from Tammy’s Recipes for Fudgy Black Bean Brownies (link). Tammy’s notes: “Sweet and chewy gluten-free brownies made with black beans (but you’d never know it from the taste). So simple and amazingly delicious!”
Estimated nutritional information: 1 brownie = 59 g (149 calories). Fiber 2.4 g, 17.7 g carbs (1.2 servings), and 3.5 g protein (0.5 serving)