Amaretto Black Bean Brownies – Vegan and Gluten Free
I have just the cure for that sweet tooth when you’re wanting a chocolaty, fudgy, guilt-free treat. These Amaretto Black Bean Brownies will melt in your mouth. This gluten and vegan friendly recipe is finished off perfectly with the hint of amaretto and sliced almond topping.
While trying to find an egg substitute, I became fascinated with what I found… flax eggs.. Ah ha, finally a name to the face. I already knew the egg-like texture that the flax takes on when soaked in water and this is just fabulous to substitute in this brownie recipe. Would you like to know some health benefits of using flax eggs when compared to regular diary eggs? I did too so here ya go…
Flax seed and eggs differ in their nutrient content. One large egg in a recipe contributes 72 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. A tablespoon of flax seeds has 55 calories, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat. If you’re trying to save a few calories, flax seeds are a better choice. If cholesterol levels are your concern, flax seeds may also be a better choice. You’ll get 3 grams of dietary fiber from eating flax seeds, which may help lower cholesterol, while eggs provide none. Flax seeds are also a cholesterol-free food, while one egg has 186 milligrams of cholesterol.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Another factor in your decision to use eggs or flax seed is their omega-3 fatty acid content. According to MayoClinic.com, flax seeds contain a precursor to omega-3 fatty acids. These fats play a critical role in your brain function, growth and development. They may also reduce inflammation in your body and lower your risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis, according the University of Maryland Medical Center. Most eggs from the grocery store don’t have a significant omega-3 content, however hens that are free range and eat a large amount of grasses tend to lay eggs with a high omega-3 content.
So there you go. Just one of the many nutrient-dense ingredients in these yummy brownies. Enjoy!
Amaretto Black Bean Brownies
1 Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Flax Eggs (2 1/2 Tbsp. Flax Seed + 6 Tbsp. Water)
3 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted
2 Tbsp. Amaretto Liquor OR 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 C. Raw Sugar
3/4 C. Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
Optional: Chopped Almonds for Topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 12-muffin tin. Set aside.
2. Prepare the flax eggs by combining the flax seed and water in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes until the mixture thickens and reaches an egg-like texture.
3. In a food processor (If using a hand mixer, the batter will be lumpier…then we’ll call it the rustic version) combine all ingredients and process for 3 minutes until fairly smooth. If mixture is too thick, add a little almond milk to thin out just a bit.
4. Divide batter in the muffin tin and top with slivered almonds and bake for 25 minutes. This will still leave the muffins fudgy in the middle. J
Recipe adapted from this source.
See you on the healthier side,