My first intention for these brownies was to make them raw. No cooking involved.
I could just see the title flashing in lights:
“I am not baked. Brownies.” 😉
Unfortunately, this name will have to wait for my next raw brownie non-baking adventure, because these brownies do indeed, involve the oven. These just ended up tasting better after a lil 350 degree oven exposure.
I lied to you a little bit: there isn’t actually hummus in these brownies. (But hey- this just gave me an idea for my next next brownie attempt “I can’t Believe it ACTUALLY is Hummus! Brownies”) – I know you just can’t wait for this one ;)!
These brownies don’t have hummus, but what they do have – is garbanzo bean flour, a.k.a. chickpea flour. You can’t taste the chickpea flour – atleast my roommates and all the other taste testers couldn’t detect the secret ingredient- and the feedback was positive! (brought them to class this morning and made my fellow classmates try them to make sure they were blog recipe approved!)
Compared to a regular brownie, these are FULL of protein and fiber, have no sugar added, and are vegan and gluten-free. Not to mention: Pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself. (The full nutrition stats will be below)
I am not going to lie and say that these are the BEST brownies ever, but for a brownie that is far healthier than a regular brownie, these definitely satisfied my chocolate craving… (If you can’t tell from my previous posts- chocolate makes a daily appearance into my life.)
Enough chitter chatter: Here is the Recipe!
“I Can’t Believe It’s Hummus Brownies”
with a trifecta of coconut butter based frostings/glazes!
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup pitted prunes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground skinless almonds)
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped salted cashews
- 1 cup garbanzo bean flour ( I used Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo and Fava flour mix)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1) Blend dates, prunes and water into the magic bullet until it looks about like the consistency of the picture below. Add more water if necessary.
2) Mix the rest of the ingredients into a large-ish bowl, then add the prune-date goodness.
3) Use your hands to thoroughly combine alll the ingredients until it is a big blob of brown dough.
4) Portion the dough into about ten portions and shape them into a brownie – like shape about half an inch thick. The dough will be sticky- so use extra cacao powder and coat the brownies with a light layer.
5) Bake at 350 degrees F for about 12 minutes – flip them over half way.
6) Remove from heat and dig in! (Don’t burn yourself) –
wait, wait,… before you dig in- Frost them with one, two, or all three of these superr easy glazes.
….. While they were baking I whipped (literally) these up
Put as much coconut butter as you desire – place into a bowl and whip/whisk it with a fork until it becomes a little soft and melty- then spread generously on brownie.
It’s not a lie folks – spinach makes a reappearance yet again! (For food coloring purposes only- you absolutely CANNOT taste the spinach) – completely optional if the thought of spinach on top of a brownie freaks you out.
Add a few drops (maybe 1/4 tsp or so) of peppermint extract in a bowl with coconut butter, then blend a couple leaves of spinach with a little water, and add to the coconut butter w/ peppermint. Whip it with a spoon!
Peanut Butter Glaze
I couldn’t decided which was my favorite frosting, but if I hadddd to choose, I think the plain old coconut glaze was my favorite with these brownies. Reeling in at a close second would be both the peanut butter and the mint. MMM mmm Yummy!
Here are the approximate nutrition stats per brownie- this is without the frosting : check out that fiber and protein! Holy smokes!
P.S. *Don’t be turned off by the prunes in this recipe – you won’t even know they’re there!
Am I the only one who likes prunes? Prunes with Peanut Putter Anyone?
(*cricket – silence- cricket*) ………………………………………………………………….
k, back to the serious stuff….
Would you ever try these brownies if I made them for you? Would you consider making them yourself? Would love to
hear read your thoughts!