Friday, February 26, 2010

Back on Track - Black Bean Brownies?

Well I was perusing the Dr. Oz web site and ran across a recipe for... black bean brownies??? Yep. Black bean brownies.

Here is my version that actually tastes great and is healthful. I used Quinoa flour so it is gluten free.

Michel's version of Kim’s Midnight Brownies

1, 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp vanilla
3 egg whites
6 tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Spray baking dish with non-stick baking spray. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. I n a food processor, blitz the black beans until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients (except chips) together. Process until smooth. Clean off sides and blend for another 20 seconds. Add the chips in and stir well. Spread into the 8x8 baking dish. Cook for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 1 hour in dish at room temperature. (I used a 7x9 baking pan and it took about 27 minutes.)

6 oz fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee granules stirred into 1 Tbsp water
2 tbsp semisweet mini chocolate chips

Mix the chocolate chips into the coffee until melted. With a whisk attachment on an electric beater and blend the cream cheese until smooth. Add the agave and vanilla and blend again until smooth, with mixer running on low slowly add the coffee/chocolate mixture. Slowly raise the speed and blend until light and fluffy. Let sit for 5 minutes the beat again for 2 minutes. Spread evenly over the top of the cooled brownies. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.