Name me one time when you haven’t licked the bowl after making a batch of brownies. That’s right, we all do it. But have you ever mixed up a bowl with no intention of baking anything at all? And just eating it straight with a spoon? That’s some next level sheet. And I’m not too proud to say that yes, I am guilty.
Alas, I have managed to concoct a batter that you can eat with a spoon without blinding shame! This recipe was inspired by the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies I posted a while back, which are still a HUGE hit on the site, by the way. Thank you for that! Beans, as with the cookies, are the healthy secret. You’ll need just five ingredients, a food processor, and – duh – a spoon. And just incase you find yourself eating the entire batch, remind yourself that this recipe is wheat-free, sugar-free, vegan, and free of unhealthy fats. But remember, if you eat the whole batch, that’s an entire can of black beans in your stomach at once… so… good luck with that.
Peanut Butter Brownie Batter
1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed
- 2 tbsp. cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. nut milk
- 5 packets stevia
- Puree black beans in food processor until totally smooth.
- Add cacao/cocoa powder, peanut butter, nut milk, and stevia. Blend until combined. You may need to stop and scrape the sides with a spatula to get things moving.
- Transfer (or not) to a bowl and eat either with a spoon or with some yummy accoutrements like graham crackers or salted pretzels.
And once you get past the idea that you’re basically eating beans for dessert, the opportunities are endless. Start with this basic brownie batter recipe, then go wild with whatever sounds good. Add oats, nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc… and let me know about your favorite combination! You can comment in the section below or email me at thehungrytortoise at gmail dot com.