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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Blackberry & Black Bean Brownies

Blackberry & Blackbean Brownies

Blackberry & Black bean brownies, yes, it does say black bean!  And yes these brownies do contain black beans!  Don't worry, I've not lost the plot, well not entirely yet.  So do keep reading and check out these gluten free scrummy brownies!  And yes, they really are scrummy!


Blackberry & Blackbean Brownies

I can safely say that I love GBBO!  Not only do I have the pleasure of salivating over all of the beautiful, scrumptious bakes the contestants make week in week out, but I also get to learn so much.

Well, this week's GBBO episode was no exception.  My learning this week sky-rocketed when the contestants tackled 'Free From' food!  A first for GBBO; and me.  As we know, the bakers had to tackle a refined sugar-free cake, make gluten free pitta breads and then a showstopper of a dairy free ice-cream roll.  Given that Mr E & I have no food intolerances, I've happily never had to tackle these bakes, so my knowledge in this baking area was somewhat minimal.   Though, the more I've learnt the more intrigued I am about it, especially gluten free flours!  Apparently gluten free flour make the lightest of biscuits, sponges and pastries.  Makes sense really; I definitely need to try that out.

Blackberry & Blackbean Brownies

Now we had intentions of tackling the gluten free pitta challenge.  Having done some reading about it in a couple of great 'gluten-free' blog sites (Gluten Fee Girl and Gluten Free on a Shoestring) I tackled a gluten free loaf of bread on the Wednesday morning as a trial run for the challenge, using a purchased bag of pre-mixed flours.  Well my plan was scuppered.  The trial bread was awful, dare I say disgusting!   Oh, my poor Mr E, faithfully eating my bake for his sandwiches the following day!  So we got our thinking caps on again and decided to make a refined sugar-free cake.

I had a few ideas floating around my head for this bake, but decided to go with this brownie.  Yes it's not a cake in the strictest sense of the word, but it's here, and it's gorgeous!

Blackberry & Blackbean Brownies

I first came across black bean brownies after stumbling on Chocolate Covered Katie over a year ago.  I can honestly say I was intrigued.  A lot of her readers who had made her brownies were in raptures about them, completely loving them.  Work colleagues who were being treated to the bake had no idea the brownies contained black beans even after eating them.  So, given such favourable comments I knew I had to try her recipe.  And we loved them too, even more so by the second day when the flavours seem to meld together even more.   I adapted Chocolate Covered Katie's recipe by replacing the Stevia / refined sugar with honey and adding blackberries to the mixture.   I also increased the volume of the mixture to make a deeper more fudgy brownie!  Yum!

Blackberry & Blackbean Brownies

So the blackberry and black bean brownie.  It's gluten free, dairy free, low in refined sugar and low in saturated fats!  It's most certainly NOT low in flavour.  It's chocolaty, soft, fudgy and beautiful like any good brownie should be.  Given that these brownies are made from black beans and a generous addition of oatmeal, they are packed full of complex carbohydrates.  And to be even healthier, these dudes include a handful of blackberries!  They'd be equally good with raspberries.  So much healthier than their counterpart!

Blackberry & Blackbean Brownies

These brownies are sweetened with beautiful maple syrup and honey, so they're not really suitable for diabetics, because although it's not refined sugar, it's still sugar. And although the GBBO challenge was to make a refined sugar-free cake, these brownies actually contain chocolate chips, so I can only describe them as being low in refined sugar (though I'd imagine replacing these with cocoa nibs in a lower quantity would work nicely).

I may have mentioned it, but these brownies are gorgeously scrummy!  Just don't tell the children what's in them and they'll be non the wiser, loving the chocolaty fudgyness and the slightly tart fruitiness when they come across a blackberry! Yum! I do hope you'll give them a try, they're seriously easy to make!


 

So let's get to it and bake.


Blackberry & Black Bean Brownies     Yum

Yield: 9 - 12 portions
Serves: 9 - 12 people
Difficulty: Easy
Freezable: Sorry, untested
Time: hands on time about 10 minutes; plus 25-30 bake time; plus cooling time.
Adapted from: Chocolate Covered Katie's Black Bean Brownie

You will need:

1 x 20cm square Brownie Tin
Greaseproof Paper
little Butter / Margarine for greasing the tin
Food Processor or Stick Blender

For the Brownie

300g carton Black Beans, drained and well rinsed.
50g Oatmeal
3 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
110g Maple Syrup
48g Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp gluten free Baking Powder (such as Dr Oetker)
35g Runny Honey
100g Milk Chocolate Chips (plus extra handful for sprinkling)
9 large Blackberries, halved (or 18 small ones)

How to make them:

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 190c / Fan 170c / Gas 5.

2.  Prepare the cake tin.  Grease and fully line your brownie tin with greaseproof paper.

3. Make the batter:
To make with a food Processor:
Place all of the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips and blackberries into the food processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
To make with a stick blender:
a)  Place the black beans into a bowl and pulverise with a stick blender.
b)  Add the oatmeal and blend aiming to breakdown the oatmeal a little further.  Add the cocoa powder, salt, maple syrup, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, baking powder and runny  honey and blitz again until well combined and smooth.

4.  Add the chocolate & blackberries.  Add 100g of chocolate chips and combine with a spatula.  Pour into the lined brownie tin and level out.  Evenly distribute the blackberries over the top of the batter.  Push the blackberries into the mixture covering them over with the batter.  Sprinkle with a handful of chocolate chips.

5.  Bake.  Place into the oven and bake for about 25 - 30 minutes until the brownie has a nice crust but is still very slightly soft when prodded.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the brownie tin.  Slice into 9 or 12 pieces.  If you find the brownie is still quite soft, place in the fridge over night to firm up.

Enjoy!











This recipe has been shared with:

Fabulous Foodie Fridays co-hosted by Lauren of Create Bake Make and Lucy of Bake Play Smile
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22 comments:

  1. well, once upon a time about 4 years ago now, I made some brownies using butter beans in place of flour and they really were yummy. I had forgotten about using beans in place of flour to make GF brownies - i have to say yours look lovely and gooey and well brownie like! Thank you for linking up xx

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    1. Thnakyou Jenny, they were incredibly yummy and we truly couldn't tell they were a 'healthier' version. It fascinates me how such unlikely ingredients can be used in our favourite recipes, the more blogs I read the more I find out!
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  2. wow - they've turned out brilliantly. I enjoy getting inspiration from chocolate covered katie and made some healthy chocolate frosting once from a recipe on there for my son's birthday. Reading this has just triggered a memory that we once made a chocolate cake with a tin of kidney beans in it - again it sounded like the unlikeliest ingredient but really worked making it taste moist and delicious. x

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. It's amazing how legumes can make great cakes and brownies ...and the water (aquafaba) can whip up in the same fashion as egg whites do! The Kidney Bean Cake sounds really good - - as you say unlikely ingredients, you just can't make it up...they're clever folk whoever thought of using beans in cakes.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  3. I've made those black bean brownies by Chocolate Covered Katie too! In fact, I could have even been one of the fans on her site in raptures about those brownies, haha. I love your take on them with the blackberries, that would be so delicious!

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    1. Ha-ha-ha, it's a small world :-) !! Thank you Kyra, the blackberries were great when you stumbled across one.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  4. I saw a recipe for a sugar free chocolate cake using black beans but wasn't brave enough to try it. These look great though so I'll have to give them a go now :)

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    1. Ooh do give them a go Cat, they're seriously yummy ....and folk would never guess that they contained black beans! Do let me know how you get on if you try them.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  5. I've seen black bean brownies on Pinterest a lot, maybe from the same person! Yours look lovely and I love the addition of the blackberries

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    1. Ha-ha, quite possibly Lucy. Though after seeing the ones made by Chocolate Covered Katie I've now come across quite a few black bean brownie recipes, and blondies with white beans!
      The blackberries were gorgeous in it!
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  6. They look super gooey and gorgeous! I hadn't ever thought about using beans in a brownie. They sound fantastic too! I think this might have to be what I bake for my partner's next office party! Yum!

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    1. Ooh yes do Zara, they were incredibly delicious. For some reason the black beans just work and you truly cannot tell they are the predominant ingredient. Do let me know how you get on it you try it,
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  7. These sound and look amazing. Might have to try them and not tell the OH!

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    1. Ha-ha, Ooh yes, do try them, OH will never know :-) Do let me know how you get on if you try them :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  8. These sounds delicious. I've seen a few black bean recipes before but never tried it and I love the idea of teaming it with blackberries. Thanks for linking with #freefromfridays

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    1. Thank you Emma. Ooh you must try it a black bean brownie recipe, they're seriously good! You'd truly never know they were made of beans! The blackberries were great in them, a hint of tartness when you came across one.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  9. I have never seen brownies with black beans in but wow these look so squidgy and so yummy! I bet they were delicious with a dollop of cream! x #GBBOBloggers2015

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    1. Thank you Kirsty. You'll probably see loads of black bean brownie recipes now ;-) There are even blondie recipes made with white beans kicking around though I've not tried those ...yet! They are seriously yummy and really tasty. Yes, the cream would be good - though I must admit I'm not much of a cream lover so we ate ours as they were.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  10. I have never cooked brownies with black beans before but you've definitely convinced me to try it!! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

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    1. Ooh do try it Lucy. I know I keep saying it, but they are incredibly scrummy and nobody knows there are black beans in them unless you tell them! Do let me know how you get on if you try them.
      Angela x

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  11. They look amazing! I would never have guessed that they have black beans in them! #gbbobloggers2015

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    1. Thank you Stacey! They tasted great too - and although you felt like you were having a treat you knew that at least they were relatively healthy (well in comparison to a lot of bakes we can make).
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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