Black Bean Brownie Bites

The second I positioned these brownies within the oven, I began whining like a disgruntled teenager as a result of Luise had persuaded me to solely sweeten them with dates and blend an entire can of black beans into the batter. “They’ll style like sh*t” might need been the rigorously formulated phrase I used. Baking brownies was my thought to start out with and I often don’t complain about wholesome desserts, however I used to be drained that day and my thoughts was set on the caramel-tasting brownies from the bakery throughout the road. Greater than the flavour, it was their texture I needed to recreate. The crusty high and caramel fudge middle that you just solely can obtain with sugar, butter and flour. I knew these can be removed from that. And in my thoughts that was all Luise’s fault.

The whining escalated into a dialogue (aka argument) and by the point the timer on my cellphone rang, issues had been, nicely, sort of tense between us. I lower off a nook piece of the baked brownie and rapidly realized that they weren’t as terrible as I had anticipated. After all when Luise requested me, I did what any 36-year outdated teenager would do and grunted: “They had been okay I assume”. In actuality, they had been really fairly good. They didn’t have that crusty texture or typical sugar style however they had been nonetheless candy, gooey however not heavy, chocolatey, power packed and wealthy. I added frosting to make them slightly extra sassy – utilizing dates as sweetener and avocado and coconut oil for an extremely lush and creamy consistency. They turned out actually lovely and jam-packed with good things. Slightly than a dessert, I’d say that that is extra like an power bar-style brownie, and I discovered myself sneaking again to the fridge a number of instances that day for one more chunk.

We’re sharing the recipe and a few notes beneath. However first, try this little video from our youtube channel the place we exhibit how you can make them.



Since that first batch of brownies, there have been at the least six extra batches. A few vegan makes an attempt and numerous taste and texture variations. I’ve gathered a number of notes which may come helpful in case you need to give them a strive.

  • We use very delicate contemporary dates that we purchase in card board packing containers and they’re fairly inexpensive in comparison with free weight or medjool dates. Sizes differ so use a scale if you wish to be precise.
  • In the event you can’t discover contemporary dates you need to use dried dates that you just soak in water for a few hours. Drain the water earlier than mixing. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t use dried dates for the frosting as they want the dates to be tremendous delicate to realize a easy consistency. Strive maple syrup as a substitute.
  • In the event you aren’t used to sugar free desserts, you possibly can add a few tablespoons maple syrup, honey or sugar to the batter. Now we have tried this recipe each with and with out extra sweetening they usually style good each methods. All of it relies on what you might be used to and your expectations are.
  • We use a fairly gentle olive oil and it works rather well with the chocolate taste (not robust in any respect). Nonetheless, if you happen to don’t like olive oil, you need to use, coconut oil, rapeseed oil or butter as a substitute.
  • Now we have additionally tried a vegan, egg-free model utilizing aquafaba (chickpea water) that we’re sharing on the backside of the recipe. We additionally tried making aquafaba utilizing black bean water (as a result of it’s a relaxation product of the beans within the recipe). It didn’t agency up as a lot when whisked however it did work as a binder. Nonetheless, it appeared kinda gross and added extra bean taste so we determined to stay with chickpea water as a substitute.
  • We add espresso to the frosting to disguise the avocado taste. In the event you don’t like espresso, you need to use almond butter or peanut butter as a substitute to provide it a taste twist.
  • Sea salt flakes are nice on high and we love the salt + chocolate combo, however desiccated coconut would additionally look good.
  • If you’re allergic to nuts, you possibly can combine toasted sunflower seeds right into a flour and use as a substitute of almond flour. And use pumpkin seeds as a substitute of walnuts.


Black Bean Brownie Bites with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Makes 24 bites

These style candy however not overly so, see notes above if you happen to want to make them sweeter. Vegan model beneath.

20 delicate dates (approx 230 g / Eight oz)
1 half of cup / 185 g cooked black beans (rinsed)
half of cup / 125 ml olive oil or different impartial oil
half of cup / 125 ml plant milk or common milk
Three eggs
half of cup / 50 g oat flour (or similar quantity rolled oats, combined right into a flour)
half of cup / 50 g almond flour
6 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 handful crushed walnuts (optionally available)

Chocolate Avocado Frosting
6-Eight delicate dates

Three tbsp coconut oil
2-Three tbsp robust espresso
Three tbsp cacao powder
1 avocado

Sprinkle with
Sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Pit the dates and add them to a meals processor together with the rinsed black beans. Combine on excessive velocity. Add oil, milk and eggs (miss if you’re vegan) and blend till easy. Add almond flour and oat flour (you can also make oat flour from rolled oats by merely mixing them in a meals processor or grinding them in a mortle and pester), cacao powder, baking powder and salt and pulse till every part is combined. Stir in walnuts (and whipped aquafaba if you’re making the vegan model). Place a baking paper in a 28 x 20 cm / 11 x Eight inch rectangular baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Take away the brownies from the oven as soon as they’re agency to the touch and go away till utterly cool.

Make the frosting by mixing all of the components in a meals processor till utterly easy. Style and regulate the flavors, including extra dates (or maple syrup in order for you it sweeter) and extra cacao powder in order for you it richer. Unfold the frosting over the brownies, sprinkle with sea salt flakes and lower into bite-size items. Retailer within the fridge.

To make them vegan: Use Three tbsp extra oat flour. Miss the eggs and whisk 1/Three cup aquafaba (chickpea water) into delicate peaks that you just stir into the combined batter along with the walnuts. The vegan model wants approx 45-50 minutes within the oven and can come out barely stickier however corporations up as soon as it cools.

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