Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ChickPea Brownies

The other day a friend posted, on Facebook, a recipe for brownies that didn't use any flour and used Chickpeas instead. It is a very simple recipe and I have all the items on the ingredients list. I also needed an incentive to get my kids to eat their soup for dinner. So I whipped up a batch of these to see how they would turn out.

Sophie said "they don't taste any different". I guess that is praise indeed coming from my most picky eater. My husband said he liked them but could taste the honey I used instead of sugar.

Here is the recipe (as it was posted) for those that would like to try these yummy treats.

1 16 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
4 eggs
...3/4 cup palm sugar (I used honey)
1 tsp baking powder
1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake in a non-stick springform pan. Alternatively, butter and dust with cocoa the sides and bottom of an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan.

Drain and rinse chickpeas. Place in the bowl of food processor, fitted with steel blade. Add eggs and process until smooth. Add the sugar and baking powder. Pulse to blend.

Melt butter and chocolate in a dry bowl--either in the microwave, in a double boiler or very carefully over low heat. Make sure that no water gets in the bowl or the chocolate could seize, or that you don't overheat the chocolate, lest it scorches.

Add the chocolate to the chickpea mixture and process until it's fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for approx. 40 minutes. The cake should be set--firm around the edges, slightly soft in the middle. If you stick a clean knife or skewer in the middle it will not come out clean, but moist and crumb-y.

The brownies didn't come out the pan very cleanly. Perhaps because I just used my usual glass 9x9 pan. But nobody minded the crumbly pile of chocolate goodness that was given to them. I severed them in a small bowl so we could add a little milk. I bet they would great with ice cream but you do almost need something to cut the sweetness a little.

I have a feeling these will be a good way to put more beans in our diet. Not that chickpeas aren't already a part of our usual meals. My kids love them on their salads and we eat a lot of hummus also. I wonder if I can just use any kind of bean and they would turn out?

I guess I will have to experiment. But what better thing to be experimenting on, than chocolate brownies!?

Thanks Marci for the great recipe!

1 comment:

Malissa said...

I'm totally going to try this one!!! We're trying to be healthier around here by cutting back on white flour. Perfect solution!! Thanks for sharing.