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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Black Hole Brownies


This is one of those recipes that makes me feel pretty smug.  Yep.  It makes me laugh at all those silly folks who think food has to be unhealthy to be incredibly delicious.  Suckers! 

These impossibly fudgy, chocolately, rich brownies, also happen to be full of only good stuff.  Even my picky daughters were fooled...although they do know that if mommy is letting them eat brownies on a Tuesday for no reason, then they are likely healthy.  But even that knowledge couldn't stop them from swooning over these babies.  They are honestly the only brownies I have ever felt did not even need icing.  Oh, and they come together in minutes because you just throw all the ingredients into the food processor!

Oh, and did I mention they are grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan?????  Honestly, I think these put even the triple chocolate chunk cake to shame!  I'm going to be making these again really soon.

Black Hole Brownies

15oz can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
2 flax eggs (2 tbls flax meal + 6 tbls hot water)
3 tbls coconut oil, softened
1 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt

2 cups sugar-free (stevia sweetened) chocolate chips or chunks

Throw all the ingredients, except for the chips into food processor.  Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides a few times.  Add chocolate chips or chunks and pulse a few times.  Scrape batter into a greased 9x9 square pan.  Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares*.  Makes 16 brownies.

*I found that if you leave them over night (if you can resist not eating them that long!), they continue to firm up and are much easier to cut and remove from pan.  I took out the one in the photo while still a bit warm, which is why its so imperfect looking.

I have shared this recipe with Urban Naturale's Healthy, Happy, Green &Natural Party Blog Hop, Saturday Night Fever Link Up,  and Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten-Free Friday.