You wouldn't believe that these rich, fudgy brownies are both vegan and flourless. Fiber-rich adzuki beans and superfood goji berries come together with other nutritious ingredients such as oats and coconut oil for these delicious, guilt-free bites. For the sake of convenience, feel free to use canned adzuki beans.

Adzuki Fudge Brownies With Goji Berries [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked* adzuki beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon dried goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch pan with cooking spray. Soak dried goji berries in water and set aside.
  2. Put all ingredients, except chocolate chips, goji berries and cacao nibs, in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. If the mixture is too thick or pasty, add water or non-dairy milk of your choice 1 tablespoon at a time and blend until a smooth texture is achieved. Be careful not to add too much liquid. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  3. Pour mixture into the pan and spread out as evenly as possible with a spatula. Knock pan on worktop 2 to 3 times to help level the mixture. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chocolate chips and cacao nibs over the top. Drain the goji berries and sprinkle them over the top.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes. Let cool before slicing into desired size and serve. If necessary, refrigerate brownies for at least an hour to firm them up. Store leftovers covered in the fridge.

Notes

To cook the adzuki beans, soak 1 cup dry adzuki beans in a pot of water overnight. Beans will expand in size while soaking so make sure there’s enough water. Drain and replace with 4 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer for about one hour, or until the beans are tender. Drain and let cool. 1 cup dry adzuki beans yields about 3 cups cooked beans.

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