Hi L.A., thanks for hosting me again.You asked why I love this recipe. It's because I realized when I take my copy of Cozy Food off the shelf, it flops open to contributor Joyce Oroz’s Sweet and chewy gluten-free brownies made with black beans!!
I don’t need to be gluten-free, although I have friends who do which is why I started making this recipe. I keep making it because it’s so good. The trick is to leave the brownies in the refrigerator overnight. I have no idea why this causes the flavors to blend into something delicious, but it does.
Sweet and chewy gluten-free brownies made with black beans from Joyce Oroz
"I am a gluten-intolerant mystery writer, so I love gluten-free recipes. I bake most of my sweet treats myself and pop them in the freezer for later. My protagonist, Josephine Stuart tends to follow suit, but she has little time to waste—with all the crime going on around her. She loves simple to make, but scrumptious baked items.
2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup honey)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor bowl or blender, combine the black beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar. Pulse or blend until smooth (or as smooth as possible).
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until brownies are set in the middle. Watch the edges for excess browning if you're not sure they're done. (Mine seem to take a full 50 minutes or more, and are still chewy but not gooey.)
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Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, Nancy worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC.
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