I’m mad about black beans and crazy about dark chocolate, so what
better way to honor these two food faves than to combine them into a
decadent yet healthy, flourless, vegan dessert.
Going flourless may be beneficial for your health–and just what the doctor ordered.
However, flourless baking can be a real trial-and-error process.
Flour, when used in baking, adds body, structure, texture and flavor to baked goods.
It often acts as a binder, attaching ingredients together.
When you remove the flour, you have to add something else in its place that will perform
the same function.
In this recipe, black turtle beans and rolled oats provide body, structure and texture.
The black turtle bean has a dense, meaty texture, which makes it popular in vegetarian dishes,
such as frijoles negros and the Mexican-American black bean burrito.
They are protein rich and contain the B vitamins: folate and thiamin as well as calcium and fiber.
Rich in minerals–a serving contains 20% or more of your daily needs of six different minerals:
Iron (24%), Phosphorus (28%), Copper (20%), Potassium (20%), Manganese (44%) and
Black beans provide important antioxidants which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory
Antioxidants heal the body by removing free radicals from the bloodstream.
Black beans contain three main anthocyanin antioxidants: petunidin, delphinidin, and malvidin.
which are the antioxidants that are mainly responsible for the black colour of the beans.
They also also contain quercetin and kaempferol.
Research confirms that antioxidant consumption helps prevent many diseases, such as cancer
Black bean consumption has also been linked to the reduction of risk of several types of cancer–
most notably, colon cancer.
Today we are going to use this flavorful bean as a featured ingredient in a decadently-delicious,
flourless chocolate brownie.
In addition, the rolled oats offer a nutty taste and course texture.
And of course, what’s a brownie without the fabulous flavor of chocolate–in this case, chocolate chips.
Studies suggest that eating dark chocolate may lower cholesterol levels in adults, reduce the risk
of certain cardiovascular problems, reduce blood pressure and boost cognitive abilities.
Why Go Flourless?
Celiac disease is one of the main reasons for going flourless, but there are other reasons to
It could be an allergy to wheat or gluten.
You may want a more natural diet that reduces many diseases and health problems.
Maybe you just want to reduce the amount of carbs you take in every day.
Flour is high in carbs.
Removing flour from your diet has been found to help improve health.
Studies have shown that omitting flour may help free the body from such chronic diseases as:
• Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart
• Type 2 diabetes
• Cancer of many types
• Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease,
ulcerative colitis, etc.)
• Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
• Varicose veins
• Diverticulosis, gastric reflux
You’ll probably love these flourless black bean brownies so much, you may
forget that they are also good for you.
Amazin’ Vegan Flourless Black Bean Brownies
Makes 12 brownies
1 cup dry, soaked and fully cooked organic black beans –
which should expand to about 2 cups of black beans
Note: You can use 2 cups of leftover black beans from an earlier meal
or one 15 ounce BPA-free can of organic black beans
1 cup coconut palm sugar (or healthy sweetener of choice)
½ cup organic oats
¼ cup organic cacao powder
1/4 cup organic coconut oil (or healthy organic oil of choice)
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of sea salt
1 cup organic dark chocolate chips
1 mashed banana or 1 mashed sweet potato
1/2 – 1 avocado instead of oil.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease an 8 x 8 square baking pan and set aside.
Drain and rinse the black beans.
Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor until completely smooth.
Mix in 3/4 cup chocolate chips by hand.
Add batter to the pan and spread it evenly in the pan.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate over the top if desired.
Bake the brownies for about 20 minutes.
They will still be soft and won’t have the texture of regular baked brownies, so don’t let them
burn on the edges.
Let sit for about 30 minutes before serving, so the brownies can firm up as they cool.
Slice into squares and savor the flavor.
Betcha can’t eat just one!
Have you ever made flourless vegan baked goods?
What’s your favorite flourless vegan treat?
Share your thoughts, comments and experiences with us.