In my ongoing for quest for canned goods, I came across canned lentils in a local natural food store. I wanted to challenge myself with something more than lentil soup and figured I would go in a totally different direction and venture into dessert territory - Lentil Brownies.
If that sounds crazy to you, I encourage you to read on. Or maybe you are more adventurous since you were already searching for something like this. Before you start running for the hills, this is truly a scrumptious brownie. I even surprised myself. If someone told me a few years ago you could make a delicious, moist brownie, using lentils that doesn't have the taste or texture of cardboard, I would have thought they were out of their mind. Recently, I've come across other blog posts raving about black bean brownies, I thought maybe I could try something similar using canned lentils. I found that pureed lentils work great in brownies. There isn't a gritty taste and because lentils themselves are relatively flavorless they assume whatever flavor you put into them.
I like to eat healthy, but I'm not someone who goes to extremes. I also like to indulge, especially with dessert. This brownie is a perfect marriage of healthy and indulgent. Somewhere between fudgy and cakey, it's not overly dense and has a moist, light, mouthfeel. The other beauty of this brownie is cuts so easily. Some brownies can be overly crumbly and very difficult to slice into equal portions.
Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies - 8 X 8 inch pan
One 15 oz. canned black lentils (rinsed and drained)
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt
3 large eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350F
In a food processor, pulse lentils until smooth.
In a smaller bowl whisk together wet ingrdents - eggs, applesauce, grapeseed oil and vanilla. Whisk in pureed lentils.
|Looks like brownie batter to me|
Bake for about 25 minutes until the batter looks set and a toothpick comes out nearly dry, with a little chocolate on it.
This brownie has vitamins, fiber, protein from the lentils and the applesauce; antioxidants from the dark chocolate; and is low fat because of grapeseed oil. Plus it tastes good too. My picky, junk-food friendly kids even enjoyed them.
Now here's the truth: the brownies are not very pretty by themselves... They may even look burned to you.
Give these a try. I dare you. :)
|Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies|