May 27, 2010

Stevia-Sweetened Black Bean Brownies

Updated (8/21/2010): Removed mention of the brand of Cacao powder I used to make these over concerns I have about their corporate decisions. If you have, or know of, a good supplier of raw, organic cacao, feel free to let me know.

Thinking...thinking...there is so much swirling around in my head these days, but I will come back to some of these thoughts at a later date after I have had time to sort them out a bit more.

I have been absent from my blog for a while, because I have
not been feeling well and finally it seems that I am coming out! My husband recognizes the signs of health returning when I start rearranging the cookbooks and kitchen drawers. By nature, I am a creative, right-brained person and I find great delight in rearranging my surroundings. I think this activity is healthy for my brain to rewire its pathways. Don't you agree?

Here is a partial list of a few benefits of eating this raw organic cacao powder according to David Wolfe:

  • In Raw Cacao Powder, much of the oil is removed, while nearly all of the active nutrients remain. For example...
  • Did you know the amino acid Tryptophan is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep? You'll get at least 33% more tryptophan when you use Raw Cacao Powder.
  • Researchers have discovered that phenylethylamine (PEA) has a positive effect in enhancing feelings of falling in LOVE! And Chocolate has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA. Now you can love at least 33% more with Raw Cacao Powder!
  • Cacao is the richest food source of magnesium of any common food. Magnesium is the number one mineral that assists and supports healthy heart functioning. Now you get at least 33% more magnesium gram-per-gram with Raw Cacao Powder!
  • Raw Cacao Powder has at least 33% more Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in recovery.

Healthy eating never tasted so good! These brownies have given me hope that food can once again be delicious without sugar.

Stevia-Sweetened Black Bean Brownies
Recipe Adapted from Complete Care Chiropractic

1 can Eden Organic Black Beans, washed and drained
1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup filtered water + 1/8 cup
3 large egg yolks
4 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
37 drops of stevia liquid
1/4 cup unsweetened organic applesauce

Put all ingredients into the food processor and blend well. Using a spatula transfer the ingredients to a greased 8X8 glass baking dish and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

This recipe is part of
June 2010′s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free hosted by Z's Cup of Tea. You can submit your dairy free delights until June 27, 2010.


  1. These brownies look very yummy!

  2. I'm so glad you're feeling better Debbie! I had a really good day last week and my husband came home to find the dining room rearranged. Your brownies look great. I don't do real well with beans so I've never tried black bean brownies, but I like the idea.

  3. I just love brownies....these look wonderful. I have a can of organic black beans just waiting for me to use them.

    I am having an apron giveaway. Check it out. Thanks Terry

  4. Great recipe! Kinnikinnick has an article on their blog about food and non-food products which have gluten “hidden” within them – like soy sauce and sun screen! Some good food for thought… Thanks, Shelley | Kinnikinnick Foods

  5. Thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog! It looks like you have lots of yummy recipes. I look forward to trying some of them too

  6. Black bean brownies have been on my list of "must make" recipes for a while. I've tried chickpea chocolate cake, but not these yet...yours look deliciously moist and fudge-like.

  7. MMMMMMMMMM, bean brownies are new to me!! they sure look might tasty!!

    You have a GREAT blog!!

  8. This looks really delicious Debbie. It seems as though chocolate doesn't work for me right now but maybe in the future I will try it again. I used to make raw chocolate with raw cacao, honey and coconut oil and it was yummy.
    Thanks so much!

  9. im always on the look out for tasty gluten free treats. its greta to see some supermarkets doing it but they can't beat home made stuff


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