Chef AJ’s Outrageous Unprocessed Brownies

What can I say? WOWZA! This recipe is in my Forks over Knives Companion Book as well as in my Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant Based Nutrition. The result was a super fudgey delicious whole foods brownie!
1 15oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 1/2 C. date syrup or pure maple syrup
2 T. ground flax seed
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 T. Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup barley flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour) GLUTEN FREE flour works well in this recipe too!
1 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips
Note: if you can’t find date syrup, make it yourself by covering several cups of PITTED dates with water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. Blend until smooth. Voila- date syrup (it’s really more like a paste, like apple butter). OR use pure maple syrup as a replacement.
Directions: Using a food processor or High powered blender- blend beans and date syrup until smooth. Pulse in remaining ingredients until just combined. Put into a lightly greased 8×8 pan or 8 inch round pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. It was hard for me to wait for these to cool off they smelled so good!
Update: Chef AJ responded to this and said she is now reducing the date syrup to 1 1/4 C. with the same tasty results. Thanks Chef AJ! Her recipe book is called Unprocessed and here is her web site. Amazing lady, amazing story!
She is sending a copy of the book to me, hope to receive it this week. Cannot wait to try out some recipes and review the book!

18 thoughts on “Chef AJ’s Outrageous Unprocessed Brownies

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed my recipe. If you would like to try more of them, I have a book of delicious unprocessed recipes in my book UNPROCESSED. I would be happy to send you a copy to review,

    • Seriously fudgy. Even better on day 2. I think the dates and black beans are what keeps it moist even while being oil free.

      • I will try the reduced amount next time! Thanks for your input! Making these for a party next week where I was asked to provide mint brownies. I may add a drop or 2 of peppermint oil and come up with some sort of a whole foods chocolate glaze. The possibilities are endless!

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    • I think it’s the black beans which makes them so amazingly moist. I love that they are so good without the buckets of oil that brownies usually call for!

      Making these for a party tomorrow night. They are always a hit.

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  7. I was recently introduced to Chef AJ through watching the iThrive series. I just ordered her book!!! I CANNOT wait to make these!!

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