Ridiculously Rich Red Bean Brownies (vegan/plant-based & gf)

As you peruse recipes for black bean brownies and chick pea blondies–including “best ever” recipes here on The Blooming Platter–you may have asked yourself if you could make rich, fudgy brownies from heart-healthy dark red kidney beans. The answer is a resounding yes!

Yield: 8 to 16 brownies

1-15.5 ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained, 11/2 tablespoons liquid reserved

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup oat flour (I suspect other non-wheat flours would also work)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

1/2 cup pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8″ square pan with nonstick spray, line with a 7″ piece of parchment paper or foil allowing it to come up the sides and fold over the edges, spray again, and set aside. In a food processor, process all ingredients’ including reserved liquid, except chocolate chips and nuts’ until very smooth. Remove blade and stir in about 1/3 cup each chips and nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan, gently smoothing top, and sprinkle with remaining chips and nuts. Bake 30 minutes or until top is set. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Serve immediately or store tightly covered.

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Levender Blues aka Lavender-Blueberry Muffin-in-a-Cup for 1 (vegan, gf, added sugar-free)

Yield:1 muffin (easily multiplies)

When it’s just you and you need something nutritious, filling, and a hint sweet.

1/3 cup oat flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons granulated stevia blend for baking (1:1 sugar to stevia ratio), or to taste

2 tablespoons applesauce

1 tablespoon cashew, pecan, or almond butter

1 tablespoon non-dairy milk

1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed, drained, and patted dry

Optional garnish: 1 teaspoon vegan cream cheese or sour cream and a few culinary lavender buds

Grease a mug with nonstick spray and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients, except blueberries, with a fork until smooth. Gently fold in blueberries. Transfer batter into mug and cook in microwave for about 3 minutes, in 1-minute intervals or until top is set. Garnish as desired. I cook mine in a clear glass mug so I can get the consistency exactly right. Plus, it looks really sparkly and pretty served that way.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars (vegan with gluten-free option)


These are just perfection: not too sweet with beautifully contrasting textures.


Yield: 16 bars


Shortbread Crust:
5 tablespoons vegan butter, softened (I love Miyoko’s)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour or King Arthur Gluten- Free Baking Mix
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup broken or chopped pecans


Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray, line with a strip of foil or parchment paper. And spray again. Cream together butter and sugar. With mixer on low speed, blend in flour, salt, and broken pecans until a dough forms. Press evenly into pan and bake 25 minutes.


Filling:
3 tablespoons vegan butter
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons nondairy milk
1 tablespoons bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt


1 1/2 cups broken or coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup vegan, gluten-free chocolate chips
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients, bring to a simmer, and cook for 1 minute. Pour evenly over crust, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and bake 15 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

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