Baking With… Beans?! The world’s easiest gluten free blondies!
No, no not this kind:
I used maple syrup instead of the suggested brown sugar and crunched up a bittersweet dark chocolate bar for added vegan excellence! So here is my version of vegan bean blondies…
Veganland’s Beansy Blondies (derived from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Recipe)
1 can white beans (washed very well, and drained)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon aluminium free baking soda
1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup dark, vegan chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor. Make sure to blend very well, until everything is smooth. When fully blended, scoop into a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Pour into a small, greased baking pan and bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick/knife blade comes out clean. Allow the blondies to cool thoroughly before slicing, then cut ‘em up and enjoy!
These are a fantastic alternative to the traditional flour-based variety. They’re far more moist, chewy and delicious. You can even top with coconut or more chocolate chips for a traditional spin. The original recipe did call for brown sugar, but I opted for an agave/maple syrup blend instead. These days I’m trying to cut down on refined sugars where I can to augment my low gluten content eating. I’ve found that it makes me feel better and healthier, and when I do come into contact with wheat or sugar, my body’s response is far gentler. These blondies (as well as the brownie recipe linked above) are delicious and make me feel fantastic about the indulgences in my life!