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Black Bean Brownies

May 31, 2016

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

Let’s just get this out of the way right now – yes, these are Black Bean Brownies. Yes, they contain black beans. Yes, they’re delicious. Yes, they’re fudgey. Yes, you should eat 6. No, you cannot taste the beans!!

But really. These are awesome. 

I’ve only ever made black bean brownies once before, and I feel like I didn’t give them enough of a chance. The recipe I made the very first time, a few years ago, was different and I feel like you could almost recognize the black beans. 

This time, they’re the real deal. I made them again this past weekend for an early birthday celebration for myself and a friend (our birthdays are June 4th & 5th). We’ve both been on a super health kick lately with regular workouts and healthy eating so we wanted to carry it through to our birthday party. To be honest, we wanted to have healthy food / appetizers so that we could indulge a little in the desserts. But, of course, those also had to be healthy-ish too. 

It’s all about balance. 

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

We also made some spring roll rice wraps for the first time and they turned out so well too! They’re easy to make, loaded with veggies, and can feed a crowd. 

Among the birthday treats were these Black Bean Brownies, my raspberry coconut macaroons, raw raspberry slice, vegan chocolate cupcakes and espresso slice (both coming to the blog soon!)

Our goal was to see if anyone noticed that all the food was vegetarian (!) and that all the desserts were raw, vegan or gluten-free. Much to my delight, these Black Bean Brownies were a hit! (as well as the other goodies and food)

Black Bean Brownies // Bakeaholic.ca

These Black Bean Brownies are incredibly chocolatey, fudgey, dense, and indulgent yet secretly healthy. They’re also free from refined sugar, gluten, and have a good portion of protein and fibre due to the beans! 

The batch I made for the party were slightly thinner, as I made them in a 9×9 pan. The second time (i.e. the next day, because they were all gone) I made them in a loaf pan and they were thick and chewy. I like them both ways, but if you want them to go further use a slightly larger baking dish.

Black Bean Brownies
Deliciously healthy, you won't feel guilty having two. These brownies are dense and fudgey - no one will guess the secret ingredient!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large 14 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  6. 2 Tbsp. almond milk OR non-dairy milk of choice
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. ¼ cup melted coconut oil, OR butter
  9. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 cup coconut chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. *NOTE
  2. Combine all ingredients except the coconut chips and chocolate chips in a blender or food processor, and mix until silky smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips, do not blend.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle with the coconut chips (if using) and bake for required time (see below) or until the brownies are set. Don't over bake.
  5. Remove from the oven and let it rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes before cutting.
Notes
  1. * These can be made in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan, bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.
  2. * These can be made in a loaf pan, bake for 40-45 minutes, until set.
  3. * You can either stir in the chocolate chips, or sprinkle on top if not using coconut chips
  4. * I like to let these set overnight, or place in fridge to firm up. Leftovers should be refrigerated.
Adapted from Fraiche
Adapted from Fraiche
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Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 7, 2016

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be thinking about making a special treat for your sweetheart. I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite, indulgent – some healthy, but delicious –  treats and desserts that you could share this February 14th without the guilt of over-indulging. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, you have the whole weekend to prep and make these delicious treats. 

Adam and I have our usual valentine tradition – sushi ordered in while watching Valentine’s Day, the movie. When Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, this is the ideal celebration. Honestly, even on a Friday or Saturday this is a pretty good situation, since we’re not the ‘going out’ type.  This year we’re actually going away for the weekend with four of our friends, but sushi may still be in the cards for Sunday night.

Whether there’s two of you – or four, these Valentine’s Day desserts are sure to please everyone. 

Here’s 14 Valentine’s Day recipes to suit your fancy (or un-fancy) plans.

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Naked Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

A decadent, yet light, cake topped with coconut cream and sliced strawberries – small enough for two to share guilt-free. 

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Chocolate Stout Brownies

definitely on the indulgent side, these brownies are made with chocolate stout, topped with a stout buttercream and finished with vanilla beer brittle. your man (and you) will love these.

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Turtles

simple, yet decadent, these raw vegan chocolate turtles are easy enough to whip up before your valentine comes over for a healthy after-dinner nibble

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Hasselback Apples

don’t be fooled by how healthy they look, these are so, so good – you’d think they were bad for you. 

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

rich, creamy and full of healthy fats – half the recipe for two 😉

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Flourless Two Bite Brownies

just like the addictive store-bought brownies, these are just as chewy and fudgey

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Best Chocolate Quinoa Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

don’t be fooled by the secret ingredient, you’re valentine will never know that this moist, rich cake is actually made with quinoa!

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Vegan Brownies

make these in individual serving sized dishes, or in a pan

Raspberry Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Raspberry Brownies

fudgey, rich and made with spelt flour

cupcakes

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Adam’s favourite ice-cream flavour is Oreo – half the recipe!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Torte

inspired by dessert shot-glasses, these ganache tortes are rich and satisfying, yet healthy

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Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Cups

a classic flavour combo couple, pb & j

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

this raw mousse is thick, creamy, and silky smooth

Bars & Squares, Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Beer Brittle

February 3, 2016

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

These Chocolate Stout Brownies may be the only reason I attend a super bowl party this weekend. Because really a super bowl get together is all about the food, and occasionally looking to see what the score is. Oh – and the halftime show. 

Although I must admit, i’ve actually watched quite a lot of football in the past little while. Adam started watching it more and more, and we found ourselves watching football for way too many hours on sundays the past couple of months. I think I actually enjoy watching/listening to football more so than hockey. I can’t even remember the last time we watched a Canucks game. 

Chocolate Stout Brownies are not a new concept – I had seen them recently on one of my favourite blogs, and was inspired to make them.  I began to search further into recipes using chocolate stout, or porter in baked goods. I’d used a stout once before for making stew, but hadn’t thought about using it for brownies. The idea of adding beer to brownies seems odd, however, let me tell you that it definitely tastes delicious. There is most certainly a distinct beer-flavoured aftertaste.

I decided to take it one step further, and really up the game with these bad boys. I made a chocolate beer frosting, a-la dessert for two, but then decided to create a vanilla stout beer brittle to go with it. Now I don’t have a candy thermometer, so my brittle didn’t quite set up as hard, but it was so, so good, nonetheless. A treat even on it’s own. Next time I’ll invest in the candy thermometer so the brittle is actually, brittle. The beer brittle/caramel was still a perfect topping.

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Now, these would obviously be an exceptional choice to bring along to a Super Bowl party this weekend, I mean, Chocolate Stout Brownies with Stout Frosting and Beer Brittle? Game changer. But, I think these would also be a perfect gift for your beer-loving man for Valentine’s Day as well.

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca 
P.S – I’m no beer drinker, however, I ate more than a few of these brownies while recipe testing. They’re GOOD. 

I used a chocolate stout for the brownies and frosting, and a vanilla stout for the brittle, but you can use one for both as well. 

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca
Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca
Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies
Yields 18
Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Stout Brownies with Chocolate Stout Frosting and Beer Brittle. Decadent, yet manly.
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Brownies
  1. 1 cup all purpose flour (can also use gluten-free flour blend)
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 3 1/2 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  5. 8 tablespoons of butter, browned
  6. 1/2 cup chocolate stout
  7. 4 eggs, separated, at room temp
  8. 3/4 cup white sugar
  9. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 3-4 cups sifted icing sugar
  3. 1/4 cup almond milk, or milk
  4. 1/2 cup chocolate stout
Beer Brittle
  1. ½ cup vanilla stout beer, or chocolate stout
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  4. splash of vanilla
  5. 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Sift together the flour and cocoa powder.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl - on one minute intervals at 50% power until melted. Whisk in the egg yolks until thick.
  5. Add the chocolate stout and brown sugar.
  6. In separate bowl, beat together the egg whites and white sugar until thick and shiny, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add flour mixture to melted chocolate, whisking until glossy.
  8. Fold in the egg whites and sugar with spatula until just mixed.
  9. Pour into prepared 9x9 baking dish.
  10. Bake for 18 minutes. You want the centre to be gooey, but not fully cooked otherwise they'll become dry.
  11. Allow to cool on countertop before removing from pan.
For the Frosting
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate stout on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes until it reduces to a glaze. It will bubble up and reduce. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the icing sugar on low, and whip at high speed until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add in milk, and then reduced chocolate stout.
  5. Whip on high until fluffy and light.
To Make the Beer Brittle
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium heavy-bottomed pot combine beer, sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to simmer.
  4. Cook until a candy thermometer inserted reads 310°, and remove from heat.
  5. Immediately stir in vanilla and nuts. Quickly pour the brittle into the prepared pan, spreading it thin. Cool completely, and break into pieces.
Notes
  1. The trick to fudgey brownies with that signature thin sugary crust is the egg whites. The thin layer of crust is actually like a meringue, so be sure to whip your egg whites and sugar separate from the yolks to achieve this.
  2. You can totally also make these brownies without the frosting and brittle, they're just as delicious.
  3. These are even better the next day, so I suggest making the brownies a day ahead, and then frosting them the next day.
Adapted from Dessert for Two & The Kitchy Kitchen
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