I've been experimenting with more legumes in my diet of late (my body seems to have been craving them postpartum!). I used to make a deliciously dense and fudgy black bean brownie, that although claimed to be 'gluten-free' and free from flours, was packed with brown sugar so gave a decent sugar dump!
I thought I'd have a go at making it lower in sugar, so I subbed the cup of brown sugar for a banana (adds a lot of natural sweetness) and a touch of rice malt syrup. It's also egg free and dairy free for all those allergies out there.
I think this version is still as awesome, but won't send the kids into hyperdrive at lunchtime!
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a 20cm x20cm slice tray with baking paper.
2. In a food processor, add beans, banana, oil, peanut butter and rice malt syrup and pulse to combine, until beans are completely smooth.
3. Add almond flour, cacao powder and baking powder. Mix again.
4. Use a spatula to scoop mixture into pre-prepared slice tin. Smooth the top and sprinkle with chopped chocolate.
5. Cook in oven for 25 minutes. It may not look totally cooked in the middle, but this makes a delicious fudgy brownie!
Once cooled, brownies will keep up to 5 days in the fridge. They also freeze brilliantly.
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Here’s one for the grown-ups! For all those who need a little pick-me-up during the day, this one is for you!
I adore anything that incorporates my two favorite things; chocolate and coffee. This bar take it even further and adds in some peanuts for a nutty flavor too!
I don't know about you, but lolly cake was always the slice I gravitated towards as a kid and teen, but when I became more health conscious and realised that malt biscuits, condensed milk and Eskimo lollies were less than nourishing, I tried to make better choices. But the other day I decided nobody should have to miss out and decided to healthify it.
Like the majority of my recipes, they are many easy substitutions such as a different nut butter, nut or dried fruit. It's adaptable to your own tastes and I've tried it with chopped dates, dried blueberries and walnuts and it was fabulous!