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Posted on: September 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm
Last updated: September 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

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Red Bean Brownies… are probably a godsend. You know how you can never quite get brownies right? They’re always too dry, or crumbly, or not chocolatey enough… I don’t know. They’re just tricky and boxed brownies are always right… but they’re not healthy and the ingredients list is a scary, scary thing.

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But red bean brownies… oh, my gosh, red bean brownies. Chocolate, moist, dense, soft and chewy… with all the benefits that come without flour and with legumes. I can’t tell you how much love I have for these.

You can use any kind of bean you want really, I just like to use red bean – probably a remnant for my deep, deep love for red bean paste from Japanese confectionaries. They’re called Azuki Beans and can be tricky to get your hands on in organic form – but it can be done. Or you can use kidney beans.

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Ingredients:

Brownies

  • 15 oz of azuki beans left in water for 8-12 hours (or kidney beans – drained and rinsed)
  • 2 eggs (¼ cup nut butter or apple sauce or avocado or banana)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ¼ oat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or ¼ cup of blackstrap molasses)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup butter (or coconut or avocado oil) room temperature or melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (gluten free) baking powder (try Rumford, Clabber Girl, Featherweight, or Bakewell Cream)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips

Icing

  • 2/3 Cup of Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ Cup of Milk
  • ¼ Cup of butter

Steps:

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To make the brownies

  1. Heat your oven to 350°. Line a pan with aluminum foil or rub it with butter or oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Melt the butter (or oil), and mix in your sweetener, and chocolate chips, on medium-low heat on the stove. Stir until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat, sift the cacao powder into the mixture. Let it stand until warm to the touch
  4. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend it down until a smooth paste.
  5. Pour into the pan.
  6. Bake the brownies for 15-18 minutes. The toothpick trick doesn’t work well with these.
  7. While you’re baking the brownies, make the icing.
  8. Combine milk and butter until melted and slightly steaming. Put in the chocolate chips, stir until melted.
  9. Pour over the warm brownies once they’re out of the oven.
  10. Put your brownies in the fridge to set. At least half an hour (patience, grasshoppers. Patience). More likely an hour (if you have more patience than me.)

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