Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Recipe from the Coconut Files: "No Way!" Brownies

I call these "No Way" Brownies because that's the reaction I got from everyone I served them to this past weekend at my nephew's graduation party when they heard that black beans are the main ingredient: NO WAY! I first stumbled upon a recipe for brownies using black beans online, then I saw one in the latest issue of Delight Magazine. I changed it up given my own dietary restrictions, tastes, and what I had on hand. I'm not done fooling around with this recipe - I'd like to try a few other changes, but my first shot at it was successful enough to pass on.

When I reach for a sweet treat, I want to make sure it brings some nutritional value to the table, and that it doesn't contribute to candida getting out of control. The use of black beans, Agave, flax, and coconut flour enticed me.

These brownies are thick! Kind of like the consistency of flourless chocolate cake. They are rich and decadent. I have to say that I enjoyed the baked brownie, but the batter was even better! If you try this recipe out, be sure to let me know what you think!

"No Way" Brownies

1 C unsweetened cocoa powder
6 T dairy free margarine, softened
1/3 C oil
1 can of black beans (or 2 C cooked soft, rinsed well)
3/4 C Agave
1 T vanilla extract
1 t chocolate extract (can substitute 2 T instant coffee or 1 t almond extract)
1 C hemp milk (or other milk)
1/2 t salt
2/3 C coconut flour
3 T ground flax
1 1/2 t baking soda

  • Preheat the oven to 325 & grease a small pan (8X8 or 9X9).
  • Put the cocoa powder, DF margarine, oil, and black beans into your food processor and process for 2 - 3 minutes, scraping down the sides halfway through. You want the black beans to be thoroughly mixed in.
  • Transfer mixture to an electric mixer bowl. Add the agave, both extracts, hemp milk, salt, coconut flour, flax, and baking soda. Mix on medium for 2 - 3 minutes, or until a well-combined batter is formed. Transfer to greased pan...and lick the spatula - it's really good ; )
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is set
  • Thoroughly cool before cutting or they will fall apart
  • If you can do nuts, I'm sure adding a cup of walnuts would take these to a whole other level, as would 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  • I stored these in an air-tight container - the last one was eaten 5 days after they were made, and it was just as good as the first!


  1. Looks delicious.Other put some nuts over it.


  2. Wow thats wonderful, i liked it very much, now i am longing to make it on my own and try it as soon as possible.