Skinny Brownies (…because bikini-time is almost here).
Putting beans in my brownies scares me.
So you better believe I didn’t do it. Nope. Maybe one day I’ll man-up and try one of the many black bean brownie recipes out there but the day is not today.
I shouldn’t even be wanting to bake brownies right now because it’s hella hot in Texas. Yet I somehow managed to make brownies, muffins and cake balls this week. I’m fhhhreaking out about those cake balls. Kinda how I’m fhhhreaking out about this bathing suit that is no longer sold. It’s just gorgeous and perfect and everyone on my honeymoon would know me as the-girl-in-that-cute-classy-coral-one-piece. And then I could get this cover-up and borrow some of my sister’s big sunglasses* and there we go…all set for Cado.
Actually, I’m not really feeling the back of that swimsuit, but I love V-neck one pieces. Love, love, love. Love them like I love oat flour. Which is a lot, a lot, a lot. I’ve never ever been a two piece bathing suit person. I remember having a tankini thing in middle school and thinking I looked awesome. Looking back, nothing quite looks ‘awesome’ in middle school. Clothes aren’t quite made to fit the human body at that life stage.
My all time favorite swimsuit was this maroon V-neck one piece that was from Target. If I ever found that swimsuit again I would stockpile like 58493 of them. Kinda like how my dad stockpiles groceries. You have to be very careful in replying when he asks you if you need anything from the grocery store. The last time I asked for chicken I got 20-lbs worth of chicken breasts. No joke…it’s all bagged up into individual baggies in our freezer now. And then one time my little sister asked for cookie dough and we ended up with this 2 gallon bucket of cookie dough. It was wonderful and terrible all at the same time.
But in all seriousness, I would at least get 8 of those swimsuits. I don’t even know what happened to my first one?! My theory is that my mom threw it away while I was sleeping. It was probably for the best, it was pretty worn. Worn into perfection and the optimal swimsuit fitting-ness. Such a loss. I’ll get over it…one day.
But not today.
But this is the day where I put oats, almonds and honey into my brownies. All totally acceptable dessert-y things (in comparison to beans which don’t really scream dessert-y). But these brownies are not fudgy. They are more cake-like. Wait, don’t go! They’re light and fluffy and they really tasted cocoa-y which I loved. I wouldn’t say that they’re bitter, they just taste like dark chocolate. You’re gonna wanna enjoy them with a glass of almond milk (or soy or rice or hemp or cow or coconut milk…).
*the sister who says things like “gossip girl is life.” She’s kidding…I hope.
makes 1 8×8″ pan of brownies
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
2/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 8×8″ baking dish with coconut oil/non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. The mixture will be dry and clumpy. Scoop the cocoa mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and add in the egg and honey. Use the whisk attachment to vigorously whisk together the cocoa mixture until smooth.
In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, oat flour, baking powder and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk together until well combined (the batter will likely look a little lumpy from the almond meal/flour).
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and use a spoon to spread the batter evenly to all corners. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing (like that’s gonna happen).