Monday, June 10, 2013

Vegan Gluten Free Brownies: Um Um, Yum

My mom's really big on eating healthy and last week she tried out this gluten free vegan brownie recipe and let me tell you it was deeeeliiiiciooous! We had a bit of a taste test and made both the gluten free brownies and regular homemade brownies with chocoa powder. We had about 10 people try out both brownies and everyone said that both the regular and vegan gluten free both tasted great and that it was hard to tell the difference between the two.

Here's how my mom made them.

  • 1 15 oz. can (~ 1 3/4 cups) black beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 2 large flax eggs (2.5 T flaxseed meal + 6 T water)
  • 3 T coconut oil, melted (or sub other oil of choice)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • heaping 1/2 cup raw sugar, slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Optional toppings: crush walnuts, pecans or semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 12-slot standard size muffin pan (not mini).
  3. Prepare flax egg by combining flax and water in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a couple times and then let rest for a few minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients (besides walnuts or other toppings) and puree – about 3 minutes – scraping down sides as needed. You want it pretty smooth.
  5. If the batter appears too thick, add a Tbsp or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but nowhere close to runny.
  6. Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
  8. Bake for 20-26 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides. I found mine took about 25.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently with a fork. The insides are meant to be very fudgy, so don’t be concerned if they seem too moist – that’s the point. Plus, they’re vegan so it doesn’t really matter.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Refrigerate to keep longer.
Now go give it a try and don't take my word for it. Let me now how yours turn out! ;)
To find more recipes like this one, go to the Minimalist Baker
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  1. I never would have thought about black beans! How interesting! I have a serious weakness for brownies.


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  3. Ohhhh my goooodness! I'm making these asap! :D :D :D

  4. The pictures make this look so wonderful! I'd never have thought of those ingredients. I'd love for you to bring this to Tuesday's Table -

  5. Like everyone else I wouldn't have thought of this either. Very neat indeed. I bet my Momma would love this since she is trying to be healthier.

  6. This looks and sounds delicious!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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  7. This looks amazing, and will be perfect for my son who has so many food allergies/sensitives! Can't wait to try this out!

  8. Stopping by from MMM. Brownies look wonderful! TFS!


  9. Wow, these look totally delicious! I made some super healthy gluten free brownies and they turned out really super tasty. Here is the link :)

  10. They turned out great! I cannot believe the main ingredient is black beans and that there is no flour in them.

  11. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Belly Fat.

    This means that you literally get rid of fat by consuming Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world around!


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