This is my Mum’s recipe for super-healthy brownies. While you may think that the idea of a black-bean brownie is really bizarre, these really are the business! They are chewy, with a slightly crisp top, and are utterly delicious. I have to say that when my Mum told me she’d made brownies from black beans, I thought that she’d lost her marbles! Just goes to show that Mums always know best!
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well
10 medjool dates, pitted
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
¼ cup water
1½ teaspoon organic baking powder
1 flax egg
1. Preheat your oven to 175°C/350°F. Make the flax egg replacer by combining 1 tablespoon ground flax with 3 tbsp water; mix and set aside.
2. Take the drained beans, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and water and blend until smooth. If you are having trouble blending, add in 1-2 tablespoons more water until it is smooth.
3. Add in the flax egg and baking powder and blend again. Pour batter into a nonstick brownie pan (you can use a muffin pan as well) and bake for 20 minutes. Check at 20 minutes to see if the top is brown and slightly firm. If it is still very soft, continue baking 5 more minutes or until done.
4. Take brownies out of the oven and let rest for 20 minutes. Then cut, serve and enjoy!
Jayney Goddard, MSc, FCMA, FBSLM, Lic.LCCH, Dip.ACH, FRSPH, is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the complementary medicine and natural health fields. She is the author of the global bestseller Rewind Your Body Clock: The Complete Natural Guide to a Happier, Healthier, Younger You, and she’s a popular broadcaster, lecturer, journalist, and acknowledged thought leader and influencer in the health-care arena. Jayney is the recipient of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Expo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Complementary Medicine, and has a special interest in immunology and anti-aging. Natural Health magazine called Jayney “The UK’s Natural Youth Guru.” In addition, she is the editor of With Our Compliments, the journal of the Complementary Medical Association, and she is a high-profile contributor to print and broadcast media.