Friday, August 11, 2017

Black Beans and Avocado in What?

Hmmmm, what do you suppose I am making here?

Avocado... black beans...?

Ummm, brownies!  Yes, BROWNIES.

These are some UGLY brownies, but they are tasty.  My husband agreed to try them despite the fact that I first announced that they are healthy.  He said, "They are good!"  To which I replied, "Do you want to know what's in them?"  He shook his head and said, "No! Don't ruin it!"

So there you have it.  They are UGLY, they are sort of HEALTHY, and they are GOOD!

The recipe is from a blog called "Ambitious Kitchen". I find a lot of good recipes there.

Black Bean Avocado Brownies

  • 1 large flax egg (I used a egg instead)
  • 1 - 15oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium to large ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
  • option:  add in about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. Place flax egg, black bean, avocado, vanilla, and brown sugar and process in a food processor until smooth. Add in cocoa powder, coconut oil, baking soda, and baking powder and process again until smooth. Batter will be thick. If batter is way too thick and won't process, you can add in a tablespoon or two of almond milk. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. Fold in chocolate chip or sprinkle onto batter then transfer to prepared pan and use a spatula to spread evenly to sides. Sprinkle top of batter with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for 22-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean. We don't want these to dry out, but we also don't want them completely raw either! The top of the batter should be completely set and no longer jiggle. Cool pan completely on wire rack then cut into 12 bars.

Yep, those are pretty ugly, huh?

As we were sampling these brownies, the UPS man rang the door bell. 

Corn!  My mother-in-law sent corn from Iowa!  Dinner is served. 

Yes, we had brownies and corn for dinner. It was a GREAT dinner! 

Plenty left for tomorrow, too!  This corn is so good. 

Also, check out these super cute corn plates. They were a gift from my good friend, Tracy W.  I just love these little plates!

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