Beans as the basis for a brownie? Absolutely yes! Here is a new hack that gives you healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free blondie brownies that are so good you won’t even care about what is there or not there. Top with creamy coconut milk-based So Delicious Dairy Free® frozen treat for a healthy sundae.
So here on my site, I really do try to give you a little of everything. The recipes ebb and flow with my life, my disposition, my sponsor, my goals, and, more usually than not, my mood.
But that’s food. That’s how food works. We’re human, we’re not dogs. We are not perfectly content, tail-wag-eating the same thing every day. We need to explore. Be it a new hair color or cooking in my kitchen, new must happen.
So this recipe is coming from me to you from that place. Wanting to try something completely new, and embracing the idea that maybe some ingredients that one would not think to stick somewhere, can totally work just right there.
Beans. Meet brownie.
These brownies are surprisingly light and just sooo good. With a subtle hint of cinnamon, robust flavor from almond butter and vanilla …freaking delicious.
The scientist in me totally came out in the making of these brownies. They have a loose crumb to them, which I wanted and why I added the oats to fluff them up for sundae-making and to absorb the melty. Also, I used turbinado sugar to sweeten (not artificial sweetener – don’t go there Ever!) instead of my usual go-to, honey. This is because I did not want flat brownies. Errything in google images had flat bean brownies. No. No no no. So, chemistry …honey is acidic and would have prevented the baking powder and soda from doing their thing, and that is why I used raw sugar. ..and a little brown sugar cuz it makes things yummy. (science is cool, isn’t it?)
As for the So Delicious Dairy Free®, I wish I had found this stuff ages ago because I do have family members that are lactose intolerant. This would have totally helped dessert-planning issues and trying to come up with ideas everyone could enjoy. So Delicious Dairy Free® is not only dairy-free, but also egg-free, nothing artificial, and certified vegan. You can make a whole lotta people happy happy. Great flavors like Salted Caramel and Cashew Dark Chocolate Truffle too, but for this sundae, I went old school with chocolate and vanilla.
So that’s it kids! I wanted to create a dessert I can feel good about serving my family and myself. Dressed up however you like or just kept simple, this dessert will satisfy all. And the brownies alone are a great snack option too.
- 1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar
- 2 Tbs light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Blondie Bean Brownies
- So Delicious Dairy Free® Vanilla Bean or Milk Chocolate Coconut Milk Frozen Treat
- chopped nuts
- Heat oven to 350F.
- In a food processor, pulse the beans to break them down. Add the remaining ingredients in the order given and process until combined. Pour batter into a baking pan with dimensions like 8x8 or 10x6 (13x9 would be too large for this amjount of batter). Bake at 250F for 15-20 minutes or until just set. Brownies will be just lightly golden around the outside.
- Serve warm topped with a scoop of So Be Delicious Frozen Treat and additional chopped nuts. Yields 14-15 servings.
- I wanted to keep this dessert light which is why I only topped with nuts. But, clearly, your can add whatever other topping you love. Jazz.it.up.
- Also, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or dairy-free carob bits would be a great add to this brownie recipe.