You can prepare the lentils ahead of time, even the day before.
20 – 25 minutes (plus the cooking time of the lentils)
- Coconut oil for greasing the pan
- 1/2 cup dry red lentils
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce*
- 1/3 (heaping) cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup crunchy nut butter of your choice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg (or flax egg)**
- 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips***
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Rub coconut oil on an 8×8 inch baking dish
- Add dry lentils and water to a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until lentils
are tender and most of the water is gone,
about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.(This can be done ahead)
- Add oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda
and salt to your food processor. Pulse until a fine flour
forms and the oats are completely smooth.
- Add cooked lentils (do not drain,) applesauce, honey,
nut butter, vanilla and egg. Process until a smooth
- Using a spoon, fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until toothpick
inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
This is more of a cake-y brownie compared to a fudg-y brownie.
I’ve made black bean brownies before and those used to be my go-to brownie. These are my new favorite.
I find them much more delicious, lighter and fluffier, and you really can’t taste the lentils at all.
- If you don’t have applesauce, chop 1 medium apple
you can leave the skin on) and cook it with about
1/4 cup water until very soft. Mash it with a fork and
use in place of applesauce.
** Flax egg – Stir together 1 tablespoon flax seed MEAL
and 2.5 tablespoons water. Let sit for 10 minutes and
use it in place of 1 egg.
*** I use Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips – no sugar.
Trader Joe’s also has a chocolate bar that is sweetened
with erythritol. If your digestive system doesn’t get
bothered by erythritol you could chop that up and use
in place of chips. I’ve even used a blend of cocoa powder,
honey and coconut oil that has hardened (I had it left over
from something else I was making) and just chopped that up.