Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fudgie Brownie Batter Dip

So yummy with some apple slices. :P
Hi all! I hope your day is going well and you have been enjoying the dips! I know I have. :P A little too much sometimes! LOL!

Today I have for you a sweet dip that will knock your socks off! I couldn't believe its flavor when I tasted it. It actually tasted like brownie batter! I couldn't keep the thing away from me! The crazy thing is that the base of it is...  drum roll please... black beans! Who woulda thunk it? Well, actually a bunch of people have done it but I have finally gotten on the bandwagon! :) And I'm sure glad I did.

I have seen similar recipes from Gena at Choosing Raw, Katie from Nourishing Flourishing, Evan from Wannabe Chef, and many other places, but finally found the courage to make it. Thank you guys for the inspiration!

I was originally scared to try such a recipe, thinking, "how could beans and chocolate taste good?" Oh, but they so can! (drool). :P I mean, many gluten-free baked goods are made with garbanzo bean or fava bean flour, right? Why not a dip with beans in it? It's gotta taste good! Now I want to try an almond butter type flavor with white beans and almond extract. Mmmm... I gotta post that one soon! Yummo!

This is great to have on Valentine's Day  for you and your sweetheart (or just by yourself!) to dip with some apples or strawberries or as a spread on some raw crackers with banana on top. Plus you'll be getting an awesome dose of fiber along with it! Woohoo!


Go try it out for yourself and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Go ahead. You know you want to. ;P



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Fudgie Brownie Batter Dip
Yield: Approximately 1 ½ cups (About 6, ¼ cup servings)

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked and drained black beans
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon really thick coconut cream (see tip below on how to make or for other
substitutes)
4 tablespoons preferably raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3 tablespoons xylitol (or coconut sugar, coconut nectar, or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 generous pinches of salt

Directions:

Place the black beans, coconut cream (or other alternative), cacao powder, xylitol (or sweetener of choice), maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and process until completely smooth. This may take a bit but be patient! It will get creamy and delicious. It you want it really smooth, a high speed blender would probably get it so there are no little black bean crumbs left. None the less it is still super delish! Enjoy!


Tips:
  • To make the coconut cream, blend about 1/3 cup young Thai coconut meat with about 1 to 2 tablespoons of water in a small personal blender like a Magic Bullet or Tribest personal blender until really thick and smooth. Just add enough water for the blades to catch the mixture. You don't want it too watery. This should yield about what you need for this recipe.
  • If you have no young Thai coconut cream, no fret! Feel free to replace the young Thai coconut cream with 3 tablespoons of cashew or almond butter or any other creamy nut/seed butter you have. You can also grind down about 1/4 cup of cashews or other creamy nut in the food processor first until it becomes almost a nut butter consistency before putting any other ingredients for the dip in it. Just add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture when processing to achieve a creamy texture in the final product. You may need more or less water depending on how soft the mixture gets. 
  • Feel free to add a host of different flavors to this dip! A Mexican chocolate flavor would be awesome with cinnamon and cayenne (or chipotle powder, my fave :P) or put some almond, peppermint or orange extract for an interesting twist! Be creative and do whatever your heart desires! :)
  • If you prefer a sweeter dip, feel free to add more sweetener. Or vice versa for a less sweet dip. 
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Go dip it up! Or just devour with a spoon. :)
This dip is full of fiber and protein for the amount you are getting and for a dessert, I was quite impressed! The nutritional information does not include the young Thai coconut cream but uses the cashew butter in its replacement. Check out it's stats below.

Here is the full nutritional information for the dip and below is the basic nutritional information from CRON-O-Meter:

Thank you so much for stopping by. Feel free to leave me any feedback or drop me an e-mail with any questions or if you would just like to talk. :) I hope you enjoy the chocolatey-ness! :P

Love,
Rawnessa <3


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