I try to limit gluten in our household as much as possible. We generally feel better when we exclude it from our diet and I definite notice changes in mood, patience and stress when we overindulge. I have found that many gluten free baking recipes use nut flours. My husband has a bad allergy to nuts so this is definitely not an option in our household. When I started looking at recipes with black beans I quickly flipped the page as this did not sound appealing to me at all. But one day I got brave and started to experiment. Am I ever glad I did! Because these are honestly one of the best healthy brownie recipes I have ever tasted. I especially love them chilled straight from the fridge. They will never know that there are beans in it unless you tell them our secret ingredient. The vinegar may seem like an odd ingredient to you. It helps the brownies to rise. I have started using cacao powder instead of cocoa powder in my recipes this past year as it is a much purer form of cocoa and is a superfood full of antioxidants. I added peppermint essential oil to add an extra special treat for the taste buds. I might try wild orange oil in my next batch. It has become quite popular to cook and bake with essential oils. It is a much purer option than using an alcohol based artificial flavouring. And can be much cheaper than spices and flavourings in the long run. A little amount goes a long way.
- 1 (14 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 3/4 cup golden cane sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 drops doTERRA Peppermint Essential oil – To purchase 100% pure essential oil Click Here
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan
- In a food processor or blender, Blend the black beans, eggs, oil, coconut milk, vinegar, and 4 drops doTERRA peppermint essential oilI
- In a separate bowl combine cacao powder, cane sugar baking powder, baking soda
- Add to the bean mixture
- Blend until smooth
- Pour into the empty bowl.
- Fold in chocolate chips until combined.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan
- Bake the brownies until a toothpick comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing them into squares.
Important note: If you are going to use essential oils for cooking please make sure that they are a food grade essential oil. 95% of essential oils that are out there are not ingestible. They are not 100% pure and contain fillers and synthetic components that would be dangerous to ingest. doTERRA essential oils are one of the few essential oils that have been passed by the US FDA to be safe for consumption,