Please don't be alarmed by the first ingredient. I know, I was a bit nervous too. Forget the beans because you can't even taste them. Let's concentrate on how these Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies are chocolaty and fudgey. Without the eggs to make them rise high like a cake (or Kate Moss), they remain dense and... well... fudge-like. There's not a lot of flour to mute the chocolate taste. And even with minimal sugar, the ripe banana contributes some natural sweetness along with the chocolate. The molasses or coffee really adds depth to these rich, gooey, bites.
This recipe requires no mixer, no special equipment (other than a food processor or blender), and it doesn't create a million dirty dishes. It actually comes together quite quickly so it's an easy dessert to throw together in the morning or after lunch for an after-dinner treat.
So what the hell is the difference between vegan and vegetarian, anyway? In it's most basic definition, vegetarians do not eat animal flesh at all and vegans don't eat anything that at one point came from an animal. A vegetarian would eat a black bean burger with cheese and a side of mac 'n cheese with vanilla pudding for dessert. Damn, that actually sounds pretty good... Ok, so a vegan would not eat any of that since the pudding, and the cheese on the burger and in the pasta contains dairy.
There are varying degrees of strictness to the food choices one makes too. Some vegetarians and vegans eat fish. Some vegans will not eat honey, drink certain wines and beers (made using isinglass from the swim bladders of fish), eat crackers or bread made with milk ingredients, or even Worcestershire sauce (made from anchovies).
Whether or not you eat flesh with a face, these brownies are truly bad ass. You'll love them. Really.
Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies (vegan or not)
Makes 16 small brownies
1 c. canned black beans (about 2/3 of a can), rinsed and drained
1/2 c. sugar
3 T. canola oil
4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ripe banana
2 T. molasses or instant coffee (depending on your tastes)
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 c. milk chocolate or vegan chocolate chips, divided
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350°. Grease 8-inch square pan.
In a food processor, puree the beans, sugar, and oil. Add the cocoa powder, banana, molasses or coffee, and vanilla and puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into large bowl.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to the bean mixture and gently stir until just combined without over-mixing. Fold in 3/4 c. chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 c. chocolate chips over the top.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack then refrigerate.
Adapted from Vegan on the Cheap Chocolate Surprise Brownies