Red Bean Espresso Brownies

By • March 20, 2011 • 14 Comments

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Author Notes: What to do with leftover adzuki beans? Make brownies! Adzuki beans are naturally sweet, and in this recipe, they substitute for flour. I added some espresso powder to give them a coffee punch, and the whole thing goes in the food processor - what could be more simple! They also provide a wallop of fiber, so they're healthy too! Sounds weird, tastes great. Produces a really fudgey, cakey, moist brownie. Even your kids will like them. And they're gluten free! - Burnt OfferingsBurnt Offerings

Food52 Review: For a rich, dark chocolate-espresso brownie with a dense cake-like crumb, look no further. Did I mention they are gluten-free? With a smart substitution of cooked adzuki bean for all-purpose flour, Burnt Offerings has created a delicious brownie recipe that mixes easily in the bowl of your food processor. Lending their natural sweetness, adzuki beans are a wonderful complement to chocolate and provide an additional boost of fiber and protein. In other words, these brownies not only taste amazing, but they are good for you too. gingerroot

Makes 16 brownies

  • 2 cups cooked Adzuki Beans (from 1 cup dry)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder - I used Ghiradelli
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinches of salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  1. To cook the Adzuki beans, let them soak overnight in water, drain them, and then cover them with fresh water and bring to a boil, and simmer gently for 40 minutes. Drain the beans and rinse well in cold water. Cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350' and spray an 8"X8" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Place all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips into the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and carefully incorporate into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining chips on top.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes, until the edges start to pull away from the pan and a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

Tags: adzuki beans, beans, brownies, gluten-free, Healthy

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about 2 years ago BavarianCook

I just pulled these out of the oven. Amazing! Mine had to cook a little longer (extra 10 min or so) but man, are they good! Thank you for this great recipe!

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about 2 years ago Burnt Offerings

So glad you enjoyed them - thanks!

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about 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

burnt, you are one hot ticket!!

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over 2 years ago SavorLife

I made these yesterday. Excellent recipe for "healthy" brownies! They are so moist and chocolaty. Who knew beans would rise in place of flour? Thank you.

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over 2 years ago Burnt Offerings

Oh wow - thank YOU! I'm so glad you liked them. They really are chocolaty aren't they?

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over 2 years ago Shanaralane

Wow!!! These are really good. I made all my friends try them because I could not believe they were made with beans. What a yummy way to add fiber and make brownies a bit healthier.

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over 2 years ago Burnt Offerings

Thanks! I'm so glad you liked them - they really are a nice alternative if you need gluten free and more fiber.

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

Genius!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Love your use of beans here with the chocolate. Brilliant!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I can think of 5 kids under the age of 7 in my family who will love these!! Great recipe!

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about 3 years ago adamnsvetcooking

I like to use the red kidney beans when I make brownie. I will definitely give these a try

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about 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

Oh do! You can use canned adzuki beans in a pinch (Whole Foods has them), just rinse them well to get rid of the sodium and measure 2 cups total by volume.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Awesome idea!

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about 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

Thanks! I adapted a recipe I had made once before for black bean brownies, but the adzuki are sweeter to begin with. Taste great, less filling!