Can you feel it, garlic lovers? In approximately 9.5 hours, spring will be upon us. I will be happily doing yoga as the sun sets over Toronto for the final time this winter. And then, so long, sucka! And by tomorrow night, I will be a cat mother again (and hopefully, if I have time tonight — blonde)! I can just feel the winds of change blowing. Okay, that’s the winds of Toronto (brr! Is it weird that I actually find Toronto colder than “up North?”), but still. Spring is rebirth, second chances, all that stuff. New veggies will be coming into season. I’m excited to have a few raw pasta dishes to celebrate, and to get out on my longboard once again.
There was really no other reason to make brownies other than I wanted f-in’ brownies. But really, does anyone need a reason to eat brownies? You’re a grown-up — you don’t have to justify your brownie cravings to anyone.
Especially these delicious brownies, made free from dairy, oil, flour or eggs.
When I described my avocado black bean brownies to my co-workers, one responded with, “That’s not a brownie, that’s a Mexican dip!” I guess I’ll just have to whip up another batch to show them what it’s all about. The good thing is, they’re really, REALLY easy to make. I especially love the way the avocado whips up to be like a luxurious butter.
No oil, no flour vegan brownies, makes about one dozen brownies
(Bonus: this is a one-bowl recipe)
- 1/2 cup ripe avocado flesh (I used almost one whole small avocado)
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 flax egg
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup coconut sugar, sucanat or organic brown sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup crushed walnuts
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
- Pinch of espresso powder (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Prep your flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed meal+3 tbsp water) in a mug and set aside to let thicken for a few minutes
- Process the avocado until it has the texture of whipped butter and set in a large bowl
- Place your rinsed beans and peanut butter in a food processor together and process until pureed. Mix in with the avocado.
- Once all of the fruits and veggies (what what?) are mixed together, add the rest of the ingredients (including the flax egg) and mix thoroughly. Lay the batter out in an 8×8 baking dish.
- Bake for about 27-30 minutes (I needed 29, but my oven is a bit of a weakling).
- Let cool for about 30 minutes
And that’s that! Seven steps to brownies that are moist (I know everyone hates that word, but how else can you describe a brownie?!) with no flour or oil, and more importantly, no animal ingredients!
Now, enjoy my favourite song of the moment (oh, who am I kidding — of the past year).