When I tell people about these healthy brownies that contain an entire can of organic adzuki beans, the most common response is “I have never heard of those beans.” I want to change that….Adzuki beans are small, brownish-red beans with a very sweet nutty flavor. They are most often used in Asian cooking and are served with rice or sometimes ground and used in desserts. They have a plethora of health benefits beginning with the most beneficial, cardiovascular health. A serving size (1/2 cup) of adzuki beans contains 5 grams of dietary fiber and 7 grams of protein. The soluble fiber found in this little bean helps to lower cholesterol levels which leads to increased heart health. These beans also carry high levels of folate, potassium and magnesium all of which are vital nutrients that increase our optimal health.
Now to the good stuff….these brownies are a bit labor intensive, but they are worth it. You will not be sorry you took the time to make them. And, if your children like chocolate, these make a great healthy snack or after dinner dessert. If you have a bean brownie recipe, I would love to hear about it. Enjoy!
Adzuki Bean Brownies
1/3 cup sprouted spelt flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
5 TBSP raw cacao powder
2/3 cup succanat
1 tsp ground coffee or coffee substitute (I use an herbal substitute called Teecino)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 15oz can adzuki beans – rinsed and drained
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cage free egg – beaten
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together all dry ingredients (do not include the chocolate chips) in a large bowl. In a double boiler melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil. In a food processor or blender add the beans, melted chocolate chips and oil, and applesauce. Puree until the beans are a creamy texture. Combine the bean mixture into the dry ingredients, add the beaten egg and stir until well incorporated. Spray a 9×9 baking pan. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.