It’s been a fairly busy weekend, with lots of late nights, and drop-ins for lunches and dinner. So tonight, when I asked my kids what they wanted in their lunch boxes tomorrow, and they replied with cheese sandwiches, who was I to complain? The only problem is that I couldn’t blog about a cheese sandwich now, could I? So, I started to think about what snacks were going into the lunch boxes this week, and decided I would make a gluten free brownie using tinned beans. This way they were filling and full of protein. Combined with a cheese sandwich and some fruit and vegetables, I think we have a pretty balanced lunch box.
This is the lunchbox for Monday. Apple, orange segments, carrots and cucumber, a piece of brownie and a spelt bread cheese sandwich
Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie using Red Kidney Beans
serves 12 (I think – the kids dug into these so fast, I didn’t really have time to portion these up!)
I wanted to make a gluten free snack this week, so started thinking about what options I had instead of gf flours. Years ago, I had a recipe for a chocolate cake using chickpeas, but I couldn’t find it. My kids eat anything that is in brownie form, and when I pulled these out of the oven, they were very happy to polish off half the tray! The good thing about these also, is that I haven’t added any sugar. I had some beautiful plump raisins, so I used these to sweeten this recipe :)
Useful Equipment: food processor
1 tin 400g red kidney beans (I used organic ones as they had no extra additives, and were cheaper than the conventional brands!)
80g butter (vegan option: 80g coconut oil)
2 eggs (vegan option: 1 tbs flaxseed meal mixed with 2 tbs water per egg. Let sit for a minute or two to thicken slightly before adding to the recipe)
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup cocoa/cacao (these were quite chocolatey, which my kids liked, but for younger children, perhaps try 3/4 cup )
optional extras: you could add chopped nuts, choc chips, cacao nibs, vanilla extract (I was running low, so decided against using it today), even a shot of coffee is always good in a brownie – but maybe keep it for the adults ;)
Melt butter/coconut oil and add raisins into butter and leave while assembling other ingredients,.
Drain and rinse beans.
Put all ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
Mixture will be quite thick. Pour into brownie tin and baked until firm to touch, around 30mins.
Once cooked, cool slightly before cutting. Enjoy!
NB: If you are having trouble finding red kidney beans, try black beans, butter beans or chickpeas
These brownies are almost fudgy in texture and I promise there isn’t a hint of bean flavor!