Oh yah, I said it. Black beans in cookies are apparently all the rage. Don't believe me? Google it. Crazy.
Crazy delicious, that is!
If I told you that I made these cookies with not only black beans, but also kelp (sea vegetables, seaweed, etc), would you believe me? What if I told you that they are dairy free, grain free and gluten free. Would you believe that? WHAT IF I told you these were the best cookies ever and I'm only using this recipe forevermore?
All true statements.
Get ready to have your mind blown. If you are looking for a way to incorporate more veggies into your family's diet, why not start with the sweets?
Since we were recently in Door County, I had a ton of dried cherries on hand. Guess what? Yep, I added them. I also added some toasted coconut. Enough talking, let's get to the recipe:
Black Bean Chocolate Cookies (w/ whatever goodness you want to throw in there)
loosely adapted from My New Roots and Green Kitchen Stories
makes 12 cookies
1 cup cooked black beans (can used canned, just rinse them well)
1 sheet dried kelp
2 T coconut oil
2 T almond butter
2 T almond milk
1 tsp organic vanilla
1/2 c coconut palm sugar
2 T coconut flour (almond meal would also be tasty, I bet!)
5 T raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/2 of a bar of your favorite organic dark chocolate (I used NibMor Daily Dose of Dark, 6 squares), chopped
1/2 cup of dried cherries
1/4 c toasted coconut
I cook my beans on my own, I don't use canned beans. You can use canned, but dry legumes are my fave. You need to soak the dry beans overnight, or during the work day if you are making them in the evening. Soak for at least 8 hours. Cover the beans with enough water, lay a towel over them and let them do their thing. When they are ready, fill a big pot with water and your beans. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Let them simmer, covered, for about an hour. When you have about 15 min left, add your kelp. Kelp helps to tenderize the beans and gives them a richer flavor. Additionally, kelp is a wonderful source of minerals like iodine, which is a good thing to have in your diet...especially if you have thyroid problems.
I digress, Preheat your oven to 350.
When the beans are done, add 1 cup to a food processor (you'll probably have some extra - just enough to make another batch!), with the kelp and all other "wet" ingredients (so, coconut oil, almond butter, almond milk and vanilla). Pulse until a wet paste forms. Meanwhile, whisk all of your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (everything up to the chocolate). With the food processor on, slowly add your dry ingredients until a dough is formed. Don't overmix.
Add chopped chocolate, cherries, coconut and whatever other things you want to this. You could do almonds, cashews, other dried fruits, etc. The experiment is yours!
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scoop out about a 1 in. in diameter ball. You might get more than 12 cookies, I did heaping scoops, so I got bigger cookies...just depends. Bake at 350 for 18 min. Let cool on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack and cool thoroughly.
Then for the best part, taste and stand in awe of the black bean cookie. So good.