Monday, February 11, 2008

Protein Brownies

With Lana and I being vegetarian now, I'm always looking for ways to get extra protein in our diet. I remembered this recipe I used to have for brownies made using pureed kidney beans, and found a similar one online.

Bean Brownies

1 cup cooked Romano or kidney beans, pureed

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Spray bottom of 13- x 9-inch (3.5L) baking pan with nonstick coating.In mixing bowl, combine beans, sugar, flour, cocoa and salt.

Add oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat on low speed or by hand, scraping down sides of bowl, until smooth. Stir in walnuts if using. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread into corners and smooth top.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave, 15 seconds at a time, stirring well in between. Pour into a small sandwich bag, cut a hole in the bottom and pipe on top of the browny batter.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out clean.Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.

They're so moist and delicious. Have one as a snack with a glass of milk and you've got your 2 protein sources and all amino acids. Nutricious, indulgent, scrummy treat.

We also made some flap jacks today since Kaya doesn't like chocolate. They came out delicious too! Raisins, oatmeal, a small amount of flour, couple tbsps brown sugar or molasses, honey and non-hydrogenated vegan spread. Oven at 350 for about 15-20 mins. Kaya adores these. You can crumble some up and serve it on yogurt too.


Di said...

Hmmm going to have to try these. I've kinda stopped eating meat too. Not sure why. But I'm also anaemic so I have to be careful to make sure I get enough iron and b vitamins. Those do look yummy x

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

i'm going to have to try these. i must say they look delicious!