Black Bean Brownies Laura Lea
Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies Laura Lea

  • December 27, 2021

Black bean brownies, GF banana bread, cauliflower pizza, green smoothies…doesn’t the holistic food world have ENOUGH of these recipes?I’ve made black bean brownies and chickpea blondes and all sorts of bean-based treats (say that 10x fast), but nothing has ever compared to this batch.I wouldn't go so far as to say they’d make a bang-up breakfast, but they have enough protein to happily pass for a nourishing afternoon snack when the sweet tooth strikes.Beans create the most incredibly moist and creamy texture in baked goods, and if you rinse them thoroughly you will NOT taste them! .

Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies from Laura Lea's Balanced

Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies from Laura Lea's Balanced

Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies from Laura Lea's Balanced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a standard (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ¾ inch) loaf pan with parchment paper, making sure there are at least 5 inches of parchment overflowing on each side.For brownies, combine all ingredients except chopped chocolate in a food processor or high-powered blender.Turn dough into loaf tin and shake gently to create an even layer.At this point, you can trim back some of the parchment, but leave an inch or two overhanging.If making the 1-minute ganache, combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and turn the heat to medium-low.Cook, whisking, until ingredients are evenly incorporated and there are small bubbles forming around the edge.If not using the ganache, allow brownies to cool a total of 45 minutes to an hour after baking before slicing (no refrigeration required). .

Raw Brownies with Almond Butter Frosting

Raw Brownies with Almond Butter Frosting

Raw Brownies with Almond Butter Frosting

Hands down, bar none, no contest...my Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies are the most popular recipe on LL Balanced.This Raw Brownie is ideal in the height of Summer, when the mere idea of turning on the oven sends you into a cold shower.The hard part is waiting, and I won't judge you a lick if you take a few spoonfuls before the batter has solidified (it's a personal requirement).But they do provide nourishment in the form of healthy fat, protein, Vitamin E, lauric acid (antibacterial, found in coconut oil) and potassium from dates.If you trust me on the brownie front, please give this no-bake version a try and tag me on Instagram @lauraleabalanced! .

You'd Never Know These Black Bean Brownies Were Healthy

You'd Never Know These Black Bean Brownies Were Healthy

You'd Never Know These Black Bean Brownies Were Healthy

So I was psyched when I came across this black bean brownie recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Laura Lea Balanced.The recipe couldn’t be easier: Combine seven simple ingredients in a food processor or blender, dump them in a pan, add chocolate chips (because of course), then bake for 50 minutes.“My inspiration for adding legumes into a dessert came from the most wonderful stand at the Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City, called Body and Soul Bakeshop,” Laura Lea, who’s also a holistic chef, told me.“I thought gooey brownies were the perfect vehicle for the creamy nature of legumes and black beans would be best aesthetically,” says Laura Lea, who admits she riffed on other black bean brownie recipes by adding superfoods like almond butter to her version.Maple syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract that lend rich flavor to the fudgy bars.The nutrition nerd in me fell in love with the beany brownies because they tasted decadent but were actually high in fiber, heart-healthy fats, and plant-based protein, meaning they left me feeling satiated instead of craving all the sweets.“My absolute favorite way to eat them is warmed up with a drizzle of almond butter and a scoop of Nadamoo vanilla ice cream, but I’ve also enjoyed them in a breakfast bowl with yogurt, granola, and fresh berries,” says Laura Lea. .

Gooey Chocolate Chip-Pea Blondies (GF, V)

Gooey Chocolate Chip-Pea Blondies (GF, V)

Gooey Chocolate Chip-Pea Blondies (GF, V)

A little less than a year ago, I posted a recipe for my Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies.I couldn't possibly have anticipated the response that I got about them—complete strangers of varying ages and genders have made a point to tell me how much they love these brownies, how they couldn't fathom that they're healthy and bean-based.For quite some time, I've considered a chickpea-based version of my Holy Fudge Black Bean Brownies, but I was hesitated to try and compete.I purposefully under-bake them just a bit, so you bite into a crusty edge that gives way to a soft, gooey mixture of dough and chocolate. .

Nashville, TN Laura Lea Goldberg Balanced Cookbook

Nashville, TN Laura Lea Goldberg Balanced Cookbook

Nashville, TN Laura Lea Goldberg Balanced Cookbook

Laura Lea Goldberg, certified holistic chef based here in Music City, finds inspiration for her recipes from the food she was raised on and what she craves.The cookbook features recipes that’ll keep your taste buds satisfied and your belly full from dawn til dusk.We’re sitting at her kitchen table as Goldberg reminisces on home-cooked meals she devoured as a child (all while she’s piling on samples of her favorite snack foods and homemade chocolate, might I add). .

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