Supreme Black Bean Brownie Cups + Peanut Butter Swirl
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 heaping cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut* or neutral flavored oil
- 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 5 tablespoons water)
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- natural peanut or almond butter, chilled
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Make your flax egg in a small bowl by combining the flax-seed meal and water, mix well. Place in refrigerator for at 5 – 7 minutes to set. Should be thick and goupy when ready.
Prepare your muffin tin by lightly greasing with oil. Use muffin liners if you prefer.
In a food processor/blender, add black beans, flax-eggs, cocoa powder, maple syrup, oil, baking powder and vanilla. Blend until creamy stopping to scrap down the sides as needed. Batter should be about the consistency of pudding, not too thick, not too thin. Mix in chocolate chips.
Fill each cup about 1/4 – 1/3 full. Use any remaining batter to make sure all tins are equally filled. Place a teaspoon of chilled nut butter in the center of each cup. Using a toothpick, chop stick or something pointy, swirl the nut butter into the chocolate.
Place in oven on middle rack and bake for 22 – 25 minutes. Let cool about 15 – 20 minutes. Using a butter knife, gently guide the knife around the outside of the muffin making sure it is away from the pan. Gently nudge under each brownie with the knife and lift removing from the tin.
I found the nut butter does best when chilled before baking, otherwise it’s very runny when trying to mix with the batter and won’t look as good once baked.
You can use 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup of your favorite healthier sugar. My first batch I tried it this way, it was slightly drier but not by much.
You may like to opt out of using the nut butter swirl and adding in 1/2 cup or so of fresh/frozen blueberries, raspberries or blackberries.
*If using coconut oil, be sure it’s in liquid form. Make sure maple syrup is at room temperature or it will harden the coconut oil with its coolness.
If you don’t have flaxseeds or flaxseed meal on hand, try using 3/4 of mashed banana. You can also try using a chia seed egg. Mix 2 tablespoon chia seeds + 6 tablespoons water in a small bowl, set aside for 7 – 10 minutes to thicken.