With Easter coming up this weekend I thought I’d share a bit of a sweet treat with you all this week. These Chocolate and Banana Blender Brownies are my latest creation in the kitchen and have been a big hit with the whole family. To be honest, my favourite thing to bake would have to be brownies, I just love them so I have quite a few different types that I like to rotate around but I wanted to create some that I’d be happy giving to my 1 year old as a special treat.
So why is it that I’m happy to give these to my toddler?? Well they are mostly sweetened with banana, I’ve added a tiny bit of maple syrup but they are still completely refined sugar free. They’re also gluten, dairy and egg free which is great for kids that have intolerances and if you leave out the nuts they will make the perfect lunchbox treat if you have a nut-free school. But lastly they have a secret ingredient that is 100% undetectable and gives them a big nutritional boost…… black beans. Yep, good ol’ black beans, they will never ever know that they’re in there and they get a good dose of protein and, combined with the banana, they are a great source of fibre.
I’ve made the recipe really simple too, you just have to put all the ingredients into a blender, pop it in a slice pan and bake in the oven, you can get it done and in the oven in 5 minutes… How easy is that?
If you’re after more brownie recipes with hidden veggies check out my Sweet Potato Brownies.
- 400g tin of black beans, drained and rinsed (check the mexican section of your supermarket, if you can’t find them kidney beans work well too)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 banana
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a slice tin with baking paper and set aside.
- Into your blender place the black beans, maple syrup and coconut oil and blend until smooth.
- Add the cocoa, banana and vanilla and blend again. If you have a high speed blender you can continue and add the flour and baking powder and blend again until smooth. If not, pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the flour and baking powder and fold into mixture until combined.
- Stir in the chocolate and nuts (if using) and pour into slice pan. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until set, a toothpick should come out clean if inserted in the middle. Let cool before cutting into squares. Best kept in the fridge.
- If you don’t have a blender, try using a food processor or a stick blender instead.