Black Bean Brownies - Vegan Way

I am currently training for a half marathon in four weeks time. I am not too far away from being able to run the distance. Right now I could probably do 10 or 12k at any time and push it to 15k if I had to. So still another 6k to go. For these I have to put in some time and effort, and overcome the occasional bout of demotivation as I still have to run on the treadmill in the gym, as it is still too hot outdoors around lunchtime here in Dubai.
To cut a long story short, today I made these black bean brownies just before I went for a 10k run, and I left them on the kitchen counter, to reward myself with upon my return. Perhaps, that's why I only did 10k and not 15k as initially intended.
Ever since I got hold of the recipe I wanted to make them, and they did not disappoint me. In fact, they were a great reward after my run. So easy to make, with so little ingredients, absolutely amazing. I must admit, they are almost finished.......


1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup quick oats

1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
chopped walnuts (optional)
icing sugar (optional)

Makes about 16 medium squares, or 9 big ones
Preheat oven to 150C.
Line a 20cmx20cm baking sheet with parchment paper.
Put beans, bananas, cocoa, agave syrup, vanilla and cinnamon into the food processor and blend until it becomes a smooth paste. Stir in the oats afterwards. Add some brown sugar if the batter doesn't seem sweet enough. Add chopped walnuts.
Pour the batter into the tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Leave to cool and then turn out onto a rack and peel the paper from the brownies. Sprinkle with some icing sugar just before serving.

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