Hi. It’s near the end of July and I haven’t posted all month. Sorry but not sorry. I mean it’s summer. It’s days at the lake. And it’s sitting on the grass. And it’s stirring dirt in the garden. And it’s berry season. It’s berry season. It’s berry season! Man has it been a delicious one. The best one yet perhaps. Flora signs for “more” as soon as we walk outside, knowing that she’ll find berries (strawberries, Saskatoons, raspberries, sour cherries, Nanking cherries). Me oh my oh berry pie! We’ve been getting up, having breakfast and then going outside to snack on berries. Same thing after lunch. Same thing after supper. So juicy and so good and sometimes still warm from the sun! Which apparently isn’t appealing to everyone, a warm berry. But like come on, it’s basically warm pie on a tree. Get with it yo. Berries yo.
I’ve been having a hard time wanting to cook with these sweet juicy thangs. They are just so damn good straight off the tree. But what I have for you is a delight. It’s a potluck bring fer sher. A) They are wicked delish. B) They are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free. So everybody even the hippy-dip picky eaters like me would totally eat an entire tray of them! C) Chocolate. It’s the most babin’ black bean brownies with berries. You probably read that last sentence pretty quick so I’ll just say it again, IT’S THE MOST BABIN’ BLACK BEAN BROWNIES WITH BERRIES.
3 cups cooked black beans
1/4 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoon cardamom (for the win)
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
2/3 cup berries of choice (raspberry & Saskatoon berry are tasty taste)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a pan.
2. Mix chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla in a bowl and set aside.
3. Put beans, coconut oil, cocoa and cardamom in a food processor and blend until well combined.
4. Add maple syrup and chia mixture pulse it up.
5. Pour the batter in a bowl and add chopped chocolate & berries.
6. Now pour it all into your pan. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes.
7. Let them cool and top with berries.
8. Store in the fridge.
9. For a well balanced diet eat seven a day. Psyche.
Hey! What do you do with berries? Freeze them? Make preserves? Make pie? Eat them off the tree like we do. I’d love to know.
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