I love warmed cherries in my brownies. Is that weird? I’ve been on the biggest cherry kick lately and I couldn’t stop myself from adding them in these absolutely 100%ly guilt-free brownies. They are so guilt-free that not even 0.0001% of these brownies contain guilt. This is because they are bursting with nutritious ingredients and there is not but one ingredient that isn’t good for our bodies in these beauties.
You might be wondering how these brownies were born. If this is the case, I will say that you and I can thank the cherries and berries. It was mostly all of their doing. You see, a bunch of cherries were staring at me and they wanted in the brownie batter. Then blackberries and raspberries found their way into the brownies too because they simply could not help themselves. I’m not really sure why the cherries and berries wanted in because they were about to get hot hot hot in the oven and then enter my happy mouth, but I didn’t inform them of their impending doom. I’m so glad I didn’t say anything because as I type this, I am in a Cherry Berry Brownie food coma. It’s the best type of food coma EVER.
I’ve been working on overdrive lately, so it was super nice to relax and bake. The kitchen is my happy place and cooking my favorite art form. CrEaTivItY RULES.
Ingredients (makes 9-12 brownies):
1 cup black beans, well rinsed and drained
2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 T water)
2 large ripe bananas
1 gala apple, cored and sliced
1 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
12 soft medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup unsalted, raw cashew butter
1 cup almond flour or walnut flour
1 ½ cups oat flour or spelt flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1-2 cups fresh or frozen (defrosted) cherries
Mix first 9 ingredients in a blender and mix the 3 dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add in berries and/or cherries at the end. Pour in 8×8 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Let cool and drizzle with lots of yummy dark chocolate (I melted an unsweetened dark chocolate bar), nut butter or even top with berry jelly. It’s SOOOO delicious!