Friday, August 10, 2012

Vegan Frozen Black Bean Chocolate Walnut Brownies With Strawberry Banana Icecream

A no bake chocolate black bean walnut brownie with a fruity ice cream center.
Day by day, I've been slowly attempting to merge into the raw world and found a rather charming blog that featured all sorts of desserts that made my mouth water, especially this recipe:
Raw Fudge Brownies

This Rawsome Vegan Life Blog ran by the clean, beautiful Emily von Euw is a useful aide in the raw learning process, inspiring my recipe with her tastefully photographed raw fudge brownies. Though she uses ingredients not on hand like mesquite powder, chia, flax, and hemp seeds, I improvised by raiding pantry, fridge, and the recesses of imagination.

Frozen Black Bean Chocolate Walnut Brownies

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dates (soaked in 1/4 cup water)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup rinsed and drained black beans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of ginger
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
pinch of salt

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

1 ripened frozen banana
3-4 strawberries
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)

First, blend oats, dates (with the water), vanilla, almond milk, applesauce, agave nectar, and black beans in a blender, making sure that all is smooth and even in consistency, but it is completely fine that the black beans are not entirely smashed.

Mix ingredients well.
Fold in crushed walnuts.
Spread batter into a plastic wrap or parchment paper lined pan. Freeze overnight.
Cut into shapes.
The perfect frozen sandwich.
The ice cream is even simpler.
Just mix all the ingredients in the blender (or food processor), quickly spread it across an eager chocolate brownie before it melts, and top with another brownie friend.
Side note: highly recommend eating this with a spoon or fork, otherwise it'll mess you up.
I have got to learn how to share. Haha!
With that chocolaty goodness, crunchy walnut bite, and black beans imitating a sweet chocolate chip texture, it's quite a delicious component to the strawberry banana ice cream! Though a bit on the moist side, I will either add a 1/2 cup more of oats or lessen one wet ingredient of the brownie recipe.
Other than that, it was heaven.
Hot days be damned.
There is salvation now.

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