Red Kidney Bean Brownies

Here is a wonderful recipe for red kidney bean brownies – who knew!


½ cup (125ml)              ground flax seed powder

½ cup (125ml)              purified water

400g                              tin of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup (60ml)               olive oil

½ cup (125ml)             raw honey, xylitol or unrefined sugar

¼ cup (60ml)               psyllium husks, teff or sorghum flour

½ cup (125ml)              desiccated coconut or ground almonds

½ cup (125ml)              pecan or walnuts (optional)

½ cup (125ml)              carob or cacao powder

1 heaped tsp (7ml)         bicarbonate of soda

1 tbsp (15ml)                   fresh lemon juice

100 g                            dairy-free chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks

½ tsp (2ml)                    sea salt

1 tsp (5ml)                     vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180̊C and lightly grease and line a baking tin (approx. 23cm).
  2. Mix ground flax seed with water and set aside to thicken.
  3. Place the beans in a food processor and blend at high speed for 10 seconds.
  4. Scrape down the sides and blend for another 10 seconds.
  5. Add all ingredients to blender except the chocolate chunks and blend at medium speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the chocolate chunks to the blender and blend on medium speed for 15 seconds.
  7. Pour the mixture into the tin and then bake in the oven for 60 minutes, opening halfway to cover the brownies loosely in foil.
  8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down until just warm.
  9. Can be served as a warm pudding with ice cream or slice and cool down.

Enjoy your red kidney bean brownies!

Courtesy of Heidi du Preez

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