This is a guest post from Selina at Creative Juices for Decor.
At first, going sugar-free and gluten-free can leave you feeling deprived of your favorite foods but let me tell you the truth, its only because you haven’t explored all the options! Amy leaves you with so many tools and resources that going sugar-free and gluten-free will make you feel like the LUCKY one, no deprivation!
In fact some of the food will be the best you have ever eaten. If you are looking for a dense, fudgy, slightly chewy brownie that will leave your palate with a smooth, rich, chocolaty taste - these are the brownies to make.
Still not convinced? Man, you guys are difficult! Tell me that doesn’t look like a ray of heavenly light falling upon that brownie. All right, your on your own. I’ll give you the recipe and you can choose to experience this utopia for yourself or not.
This recipe was provided by Selina of Creative Juices Decor.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon powdered stevia
- 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 cups cooked black beans
- 1/2 large or 1 small avocado
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 3/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup instant espresso or natural coffee alternative
- 4 eggs
- Put the chia seeds and stevia in the 1/2 cup of warm water. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Melt butter and coconut oil in a glass dish with your chocolate. Microwave in one minute intervals and stir till just melted.
- Place the beans, avocado, almonds, vanilla extract, and a couple of spoonfuls of the melted chocolate mixture into a food processor. Blend till smooth. Dump in mixer. Add the remaining chocolate, coffee or coffee substitute, chai/stevia mixture, eggs and salt.
- Mix until well blended and creamy. Pour into a greased 11×9″ baking pan. Bake at 325 F for 35 minutes or till set.
- Cool completely before cutting and store in the refrigerator. These are best after they’ve cooled and also slice much cleaner. If you want a warm brownie I suggest just microwaving your individual piece.
The seeds can hold 10x their weight and will thicken up the water. The benefit of chia seeds are AMAZING. If you do not have access to chia seeds and can’t make this mixture just skip it and increase the coconut oil to 1/2 cup and add an additional 1/2 cup agave nectar.
My kids love these brownies and they’re picky. Plus, these are healthier. If you happen to eat five of these you won’t feel as guilty because your just eating your beans and vegetables. I’d say that sums it all up right there!
Amy’s version of black bean brownies is here.
Selina lives in North Idaho with her husband and three children. She is an interior designer by degree, artist by heart, and a classical musician through years of practicing. Her blog, Creative Juices for Decor, is a mix of design ideas, healthy recipes, and fun activities for kids. Come stop by!
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