Did you know that you can use beans also for desserts? They are so nutrient and healthy so why not to include them into sweet recipes too? This gluten-free Hazelnut & Pear brownie recipe is one of the best I have created. And, it is made from black beans. Really, no kidding! Instead of butter, I used black beans that I combined with a little bit of soy milk, so I created a bean butter. It was super easy and the cake came out soo delicious!
This brownie is so easy to prepare, the recipe is made only from a few ingredients. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free and grain-free. Instead of butter, I used black beans and instead of flour I added hazelnut flour. I also used 50% dark chocolate and because it was already quite sweet for my taste, I didn’t add any extra sugar. At the end, I placed pears on the top and put in oven. It came out soo delicious. I have also created a simple almond brownie, check the recipe too.
The cake is so moist, very chocolaty and so delicious. Once, the black beans are rinsed well, you don’t feel them in the cake. And after you pour the batter is in the baking pan, place some raw pears on the top. Important is to choose the ones that are already mature, but not too much. As the result, they will be very soft and easy to cut with fork.
After the cake is baked, you can store it in the fridge. Before serving, take it out for some hour to reach a room temperature.
How to prepare black beans for the cake
I always do prefer to cook beans by myself. As I know that tomorrow I will prepare the cake, I let them soak the night before. On the next day in the morning, I just put them in a big pot with a lot of water and let them cook until soft. No salt, just water. You don’t need to cook a lot of beans, one small cup for the cake as a measure is enough. And if you have any beans left, I use them into some salad for dinner.
Chocolate cashew frosting
You can prepare also chocolate cashew frosting if you wish and serve it together with the brownie, they perfectly match together. You need to soak cashews before. The best is to soak them overnight, but if you forget about it, you can do it also some hour before. In this case, boil the water, take it off the heat and put cashews inside. Set aside for minimum of 1 hour.
As the cake was already quite sweet, I wanted to make the cream less sweet. However if this is not sweet enough for you, while preparing cashew frosting in a blender, feel free to add as much sirup as you prefer to create your ideal sweetness. You can adjust also the cocoa powder too, so you create more or less chocolaty consistency.
This Gluten-free Black Bean & Hazelnut Brownie Recipe is
- Legume made
- Without any extra sugar
- With real 50% chocolate melted
- Grain-free – without any flour
- Great as dessert for your guests
Black Beans, Hazelnut & Pear Brownie Recipe – gluten-free & grain-free version
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