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Black Bean Zucchini Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

I got so excited when I decided to make this recipe I completelyyyy forgot to take pictures until the batter was mixed! I am so sorry! I promise you didn’t miss much. The exciting part is that this insane list of recipes come to together to look AND taste like brownie batter! And it’s completely vegan so eat away! Hey, screw the baking step if you want and just put it straight in the fridge and use it to dip apples or strawberries or oranges or whatever fruit you like!

My boyfriend and I were literally sitting on the couch after dinner and both looked at each other and laughed. We know the look of “Holy crap I need something sweet and NOW!” He said his mouth was watering for brownies and ice cream or something equally sinful! Naturally I thought that sounded divine! My light bulb went off and I grabbed my computer to find the 20+ flourless brownie recipes I had pinned over the last several weeks that I had been wanting to try making them! I would tell you which recipes I referenced, but there were soooo many I looked at and they each were totally different and my recipe is unlike ANY of them that it would be pointless because naturally I think mine is best 😉

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

I knew I wanted them to have black beans because… well… that’s what all the cool kids are doing! I also knew I wanted them to have as little sugar as possible and preferably have them be vegan. Most of the recipes I could find called for coffee, or cayenne, or balsamic vinegar?! Yikes! I am up for just about any flavor combo but I wanted to keep it simple. I know baking can be super finicky with amounts of each ingredient, especially when going gluten free, but to be perfectly honest: I didn’t care if these didn’t rise! And I didn’t care if they were dense and fudgey. And I didn’t care if I had to chill them to get them to set completely. Chocolate is chocolate and in my opinion, as long as they tasted like heaven and were freakishly good for me at the same time…. I was sold!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

So the adventure started. I pulled my black beans and cocoa powder out. Those were literally the only things that I knew for sure that I wanted in them. The rest was based on what I had in the house/my desire to make them vegan and low fat! I have sen a bunch of recipes for zucchini chocolate banana bread so I decided to add zucchini into the mix. If you brownies have two veggies in them they can be eaten for breakfast right? ok ok how about lunch?!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

The rest of the ingredients were substitutions and necessities for baking. I used unsweetened natural applesauce for the eggs AND the oil (like I said, I wasn’t worried about them not rising and being dense and fudgey). I used extra baking powder because I read that you can use applesauce as an egg sub if you add extra baking powder. I had flax and chia on hand but was nervous about them giving a flavor to the brownies and to be honest I REALLY wanted to just taste the chocolate. In my experience, applesauce has pretty much no flavor when used in baking. Lastly, I added a mix of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend and Domino Light Brown Sugar as well as, of course, vanilla extract.

 Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

I also swirled in my favorite creamy peanut butter, Crazy Richard’s 100% All Natural, as a surprise for my boyfriend. If you are new to my blog then you missed the stories about his favorite food “groups”… Parmesan cheese, hot sauce and peanut butter haha not all together but he loves them all and puts them on anything he can! You could also add chocolate chunks or chopped nuts or shredded coconut or anything your heart desires!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

The only important thing about this recipe is getting all of the ingredients completely mixed together! There are only three steps in the whole process.

  1. Shred the zucchini and squeeze out the extra liquid (I used my food processor. It is going to be going back in there anyways so that works just fine).
  2. Mix zucchini, beans, applesauce, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder and vanilla together in a bowl and add to food processor; mix on high until smooth and creamy like brownie batter (It’s totally fine if there are chunks, but of course they will be in the brownies. Up to you).
  3. Bake (below is a pic of it half way through the baking)!

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

If you count cooling and waiting to taste them for at least five minutes, so you don’t burn your fingers, then I guess there are four step 😉

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 15 brownies

Serving Size: 1 brownie

Calories per serving: 61, Fiber 2.8 grams

Fat per serving: 1.4; Protein 2.8 grams

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

These will be very soft in the center still but the edges should be sturdy. These are 100% edible totally raw so don't worry if they aren't completely done. They are also pretty hard to burn so cooking a little too long shouldn't hurt either.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 brownie pan (or a 9 x 11 if you're like me and don't own a square one!) with cooking spray and set a side.
  3. In a food processor or blender add all the ingredients, except the peanut butter. You can do this in two batches if you cant fit it all, but make sure that both are equally mixed and smooth!
  4. Heat your peanut butter in a small microwave safe dish until it is warm and a little drippy but not boiling.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and gently swirl the peanut butter in on top... feel free to add chocolate chips (these one are Vegan!, nuts or more peanut butter if you want!
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, insert a toothpick, if it comes out cleanish, brownies are done (the center will probably never allow for a totally clean toothpick. The edges might).
  7. Leave in pan to cool before cutting. If you can wait... SEE NOTES!!

Notes

These will be very soft in the center still but the edges should be sturdy. These are 100% edible totally raw so don't worry if they aren't completely done. They are also pretty hard to burn so cooking a little too long shouldn't hurt either.

I suggest chilling them completely in the fridge before cutting. Other wise you might end up having to eat them with a spoon! I could think of worse things that eating healthy brownie batter with a spoon! 😉

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/05/03/black-bean-zucchini-brownies-vegan-gluten-free/

Healthy Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

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  • Do you like the denseness of these? I am thinking of making them again with coconut flour! What do you think?

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Because Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Avocado Ice Cream was a mouthful!
A delicious one at that!!

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

awesome quote via a Talenti Gelato container!

In the last week three different people have shared recipes with me for Chocolate Avocado Pudding, telling me that it made them think of me. I think I am honored! Anddddd I think my love for all things creamy and chocolatey proceeds me.

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Me being me… woke up this morning, craving chocolate. Me also being me, popped one of my 24 Calorie Banana Cocoa-Nut Bites to tide me over while I decided what to make. I usually go for a smoothie or chia seed, fruit and oat concoction in the morning. This morning the avocados and bananas AND chocolate were calling my name. After all the tempting photos of the combination of these three products I have seen this week I decided to give it a shot.

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Me being me AGAIN couldn’t stop at the pudding level (although it was freaking delicious and I want to thank all my awesome friends who suggested these recipes to me!) I had to forge forward and put my chilled ice cream bowl to use! Must I remind you here that I approve of ice cream for breakfast? Well I do. Especially when it involves avocado, banana, chocolate, andddd PEANUT BUTTER! Sign me up! I am ready to dig in!
Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
So I started with the frozen banana and avocado and whipped them up in my food processor until they were thick and creamy and delicious. Then I added in two LARGE tablespoons of cocoa powder. This brought me to the recipe you see all over the web for healthy chocolate pudding. It was super yummy! I have to admit I consumed a small bowl at this stage before continuing.

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Once these ingredients were blended…. and tasted devoured… I thought about what I could add to make this the perfect mixture to swirl around in my ice cream maker. Almond milk was a give in. Next I thought chia seeds would add a nice texture both because of their tapioca like texture and their inner shell crunch when you bite in. I might be the first person ever to add chia to their ice cream but dare I say it turned out pretty damn good!

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

The mixture was delicious at this point but it needed one… or maybe two more things. Both of which I decided to add after adding it to the ice cream machine for a little more texture in the finished product.
Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice CreamSo into the machine this creamy mix went. After about ten minutes the last two secret ingredients went in… Richard’s Creamy Peanut Butter anddddd Pure Clover Honey! I am not sure where my ingredient ideas stem from, but I am fairly certain that my willingness to experiment with different flavor combos is a good thing based on this ice cream!

With no further ado, I present to you the biggest mouthful of an ice cream flavor ever! Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream!

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Enjoy every mouthful! I dare you to stop at one serving!

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4.5 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 141

Fat per serving: 9.7

Twisted Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream machine bowl in freezer at least 8 hours (preferably 24... if it is not completely frozen this will not work!) before starting. Must be frozen completely! See your machine's specific directions for this step!
  2. You can do this all at the same time or step by step to taste the different flavor combos
  3. Cut your avocado in half, carefully remove the pit and scrap the flesh into the food processor.
  4. Add frozen banana chunks, cocoa, chia seeds, and Almond Milk.
  5. Taste to assure flavor is to your liking. You can add sweetener at this point if you would like a sweeter end product. this is NOT sweet ice cream. I recommend adding agave, honey or sugar in that raw if you want it to be sweet
  6. Place mixture in the freezer for ten minutes to ensure it is completely chilled (it is essential that your ice cream/frozen yogurt base is very cold when you place it in your machine).
  7. Remove base of machine from the freezer and assemble just moments before pouring your mixture in.
  8. Once assembled, turn on based on your machines directions and pour the ice cream mixture in.
  9. Depending on your machine and the temp and volume of your mixture, the freezing process should take 10-20 minutes (mine took about 15 minutes).
  10. If you would like to add peanut butter (or nuts or any other ingredient) gently pour in when mixture is almost completely frozen.
  11. When the mixture is frozen, scoop out with a non-metal spoon/scraper into a Tupperware container with a tight fitting lid.
  12. You can serve immediately (will still be slightly soft) or you can freeze for about 20-30 minutes for a slightly more frozen consistency.
  13. Scoop! Eat! Enjoy!

Notes

!No Ice Cream Machine?

Place your mixture in the freezer in a shallow container and stir every 45 minutes for at least 4 hours. This is fairly time consuming but not horrible if you are working from home or make it after dinner while watching tv. The end result will not be as creamy but will still be delicious!

!Left Over? If you have left overs, be sure to seal container to avoid freezer burn. When you are ready to serve again, take out of freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw enough to scoop. it will freeze fairly hard but it thaws out perfectly!

If you plan to make ice cream or frozen yogurt even a few times a year I swear the investment in an ice cream machine like this is worth it!

http://www.andasideoficecream.com/2014/03/31/twisted-chocolate-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Avocado Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Reader Response:

  • What do you wake up craving?
  • Do you prefer homemade ice cream or store bought?
  • What’s your favorite way to use avocados?

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