When shopping yesterday I noticed a new organic corner in my supermarket and a nice can of red kidney beans caught my eye. It wasn’t long till I realized these would be good for making some gluten- and flour-free brownies. So here’s the recipe you will definitely like if you prefer guilt-free chocolate desserts.
This time I decided to make muffins instead of ordinary square brownie cakes so that they are bite size and are easy to transport to the office as my morning coffee compliment.
Bean brownies are fudgy, rich, delicious and healthy!
Despite the fact that beans were canned they still keep most of their nutrients and are a good source of protein and fiber, as well as minerals and vitamins: phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin K1. Red kidney beans are low glycemic, are known to help with weight management, blood sugar control and lowering the risk of diabetes, they are also good for heart health.
Moreover, it’s always interesting to try out new recipes, to mix and match, and even cook something controversial. I mean beans as dessert? If you haven’t tried vegan desserts then this may sound desperate, however, sweet treats made with veggies (such as zucchini bread, sweet potato brownies or bean cakes) turn out even sweeter and more interesting than ordinary bakery products.
Red kidney beans + peanuts = truly decadent deliciousness
These healthy muffins are crunchy on the outside and moist inside and they have a deep rich dark chocolate flavor. I’m also adding home-roasted peanuts to the dough which makes these muffins tastier (if you love peanuts…as I could eat them all day long….) and adds a lovely crunch.
The recipe is simple, you only need a food processor to get a smooth dough. These muffins could be eaten raw, so don’t overbake them, I’d say 20-25 minutes would be perfect.
Hint: I’m using raw organic cacao powder which is not sweet at all, therefore, I’m using maple syrup as a sweetener. If your cocoa powder is sweetened, then adjust the sweet ingredient accordingly. You can always use cane sugar instead or add any other sweet syrup or honey.
Your friends would never guess these brownies were made with beans!