We made these last night (we, as in little chef and I). Have made them before without great success. Well, they were good, they just didn't look so good. This time we added some dates to enrich the fudgy consistency. That was the ticket! They turned out beautifully and are even cruelty-free.
They are rich, gooey and all things a brownie should be - sans the guilt. In fact, they were healthy enough for both my son and I to have them for breakfast this morning. What not? It's not everyday you can have brownies for breakfast and feel good about it!
1 can of great northern beans, rinsed, drained
1/3 cup of natural peanut butter
6-7 dates, soaked for at least 5 minutes to soften, drained
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1.5 Tb molasses
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
sea salt for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and spray an 8 X 8 inch baking pan.
2. Add all ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips to a high speed blender. Blend from low to high until smooth.
3. Pour batter into baking pan and sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips. Finish with sprinkle of sea salt.
4. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and starting to crisp and a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
5. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a little more sea salt (if desired) and allow to cool 5-10 minutes. They will remain gooey and fudgy like.
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