1- Blender Turtle Black Bean Brownies (GF, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan)

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What if I said “Hey do you want a Chocolate Brownies?  “YUM”, “YES PLEASE” (of course. Its chocolate!)

Black Bean brownies? (silence)

then, “uhh..”, “yuck”, “ugh”.

Don’t worry. I’m there with you! I mean don’t we all react that way when we hear  cauliflower puddings or beet cake? Ok, but don’t runaway just yet! As gross as it may sound, I promise you I’m delivering something fantastic today. Trust me?

I think growing up we are conditioned to think “carrots are disgusting” or “peas are green and slimy”. But believe or not, cooking is all about balance and chemistry and creativity. Yes its really all science. With the right recipe, the right combination of ingredients ANYTHING can taste good.

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I remember the first time I was told you could make black beans into brownies. Few years ago, my aunt had brought one our families’ potluck. Food was always spectacular especially dessert. I remember being handed a funny looking cake that was very, very dark in color.

Rather skeptical  and disappointed I asked, “What is that?”

“Black bean cake!”

Oh boy. I felt like I wanted to throw up. I had never heard of black bean chocolate cake. There was no way black beans was going to be in my dessert! I looked over at Zoe and the  horrified expression on her face was enough to tell me what she thought. It the most bizarre thing I had ever heard. I never ate that cake.

BUT little did I know few years later, rather hypocritically, I would be the one posting a black bean brownies recipe and convincing all of you to make it. Its pretty amazing how much my tastebuds have changed after being on a healthier diet. I absolutely adore my greens and veggies even if it means disguising it in desserts. Since, my sweet tooth won’t allow me to give up on sweet treats, I have been introduced to the world of “healthified dessert”. There are simply a billion ways to enjoy your food! One way is incorporating veggies.

This MY FRIENDS is a moist, fudge, delicious brownie made out of that can of “dreaded” black beans. Black beans actually is pretty magical because it helps create the fudgy texture we all love in brownies. Just imagine a scoop of cold  vanilla or coconut ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, sprinkle of nuts! YUM! And don’t you worry! the cocoa powder and chocolate chips really make this a brownie by masking the “beany” flavor that people are afraid of.

And today I just want to say to my Aunt: “I was wrong. You were absolutely right.” Black bean brownies are incredibly delicious and so so good! Guilt free, carb free, grain free…vegan.. What more could you ask for?


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Edit Black Bean Brownies 10Adapted from minimalistbaker

Ingredients – makes 22-24

  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp flaxmeal + 10 tbsp water (4 flax eggs)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or any oil you like) + 2 tbsp almond milk (any combination of the two)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 sweetened coconut (you can use unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup date caramel, optional OR coconut caramel 
  • Garnish: Coconut flakes, Chopped Walnuts, Dark Chocolate Chips, powdered sugar/coconut flour

How to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine the flax meal and water in a blender. Pulse a few times. Let it sit for a couple minutes.
  3. Add in all the remaining ingredients except for the walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips. Blend till smooth (for a large batch like this it will take 5 minutes).
  4. Add in the walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips and pulse to combine. You want them just mixed in.
  5. Grease a muffin tin very well. Divide up the batter.
  6. If you are using date caramel, dollop 1 tsp of the caramel onto each brownie and swirl with a knife. Sprinkle on coconut flakes, walnut and dark chocolate chips. Bake for 20-30 minutes (stick a knife in to make sure it comes out clean or when the tops are dry).
  7. Remove from the oven and immediately run your knife around each brownie before it cools. Set it aside for 10-20 minutes.
  8. Lift it out with a fork gently. If the centers are still moist it is fine, because they are meant to be fudge and dense.
  9. Serve with ice cream, coconut whipped cream OR sprinkle on powdered sugar/coconut flour for the finishing touch.


Vegan: use Vegan Dark chocolate Chips

Nut substitutes: chopped pecans, almonds are great substitutes

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Zoe & Mia


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