Have you ever tried those orange-shaped chocolates that usually come out around this time of year? You know, they have segments, taste like an orange (OK, they taste like chocolate with orange essence), and are so easy to eat that before you know it, it's gone and you have a tummy ache? Yeah, I don't know them, either. This is so much better for you, easy to make, and is so rich and decadent that you'll hardly believe it's made out of.... nope, not gonna tell. Not yet. You have to keep reading! Try these at your next get-together and see how quickly they disappear.
The original recipe for these brownies came from the dōTERRA Blog and can be found here. I altered the recipe because I don't really care for peppermint all that much in my food, even with chocolate. Maybe one day I'll try these again and use the Peppermint oil as originally written, and they could be delicious, I know.
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup raw cacao (you can also use cocoa powder, as called for in the original recipe)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
10-15 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (15 drops are REALLY orangey!)
3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 pan. Next, put all the ingredients, with the exception of the chocolate chips, in a high-speed blender. We use a Vitamix (almost daily) and love it! If you've been thinking of getting one of these amazing machines, check out your local Costco for what is likely to be a fantastic deal. Because of the dates, blending this in a high-speed blender is your best bet, but if you don't have one, you can also use a food processor.
Once your batter is completely blended, mix in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and hand-stir. Then pour the batter into your prepared pan, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until done. I served these warm with vanilla ice cream and my children gobbled them up, never knowing (or caring) that they were made of black beans.
I'd love to know what you think of this recipe, and if you've made any alterations of your own, so comment below and share the love.
It should be noted that we never use anything but dōTERRA Essential Oils. They are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils and are absolutely safe to cook with and ingest.