Truth? I gagged about 50 times while reading my newest recipe. Then I gagged about 60 times while prepping and baking. Next I gagged about 70 times (real quick like) as I lifted the first bite to my mouth. Finally? Finally I smiled as I chewed and swallowed. Ahhhh.
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
1/2 cup dates (GAG!)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup navy beans, mashed (GAG!)
1/4 cup coconut sugar (I used plain ol' granulated sugar)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used unsweetened)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
Peanut Butter Swirl-
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup navy beans, mashed (GAG!)
2 Tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
2. Place dates in a 1/2 cup dry measuring cup and pour hot water over them until the measuring cup is full. Let sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on how hard the dates are) (GAG! I once saw some tv show about dates... supposedly wasps lay their eggs in them... GAG!!)
3. Add peanut butter, beans (GAG!), non-dairy milk, sugar, and vanilla to food processor and blend until combined. Add the soaked dates and the soaking water and blend again until smooth (that's right... GAG!).
4. In a medium bowl mix together cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
5. Pour the blended mixture (from step 3) into the bowl (from step 4) and stir until combined.
6. Pour into lined 8x8 baking pan and set aside.
7. Prepare the peanut butter swirl by adding the peanut butter, beans (GAG!) and non-dairy milk to a food processor and blend until smooth.
8. Using a spoon drop spoonfuls of peanut butter swirl batter randomly over the brownie batter (also known as GAGGY BEAN BATTER WITH COCOA).
9. Insert a butter knife into the center of a peanut butter swirl blob (right down to the bottom of the pan) and pull the knife away from the blob in a swirl-like pattern. Repeat until all of the peanut butter swirl blobs have been cut/swirled into the brownie batter. Resist the urge to gag.
10. Bake for 45 minutes and let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.
11. Rather than throwing the whole batch of brownies in the garbage disposal because you're freaked out by the dates and the beans, surprise yourself! Take a bite... enjoy... share with your friends and family... savor the fact that you aren't gagging but instead are finding yourself quite pleased with the finished creation! Who the hell knew that dates, navy beans (GAG!) and chocolate could come together so nicely?!