Typically I drink my roasted dandelion root, but this time around I wanted to try it as a cocoa substitute in baking while using up some homemade adzuki paste I had on hand.
Adzuki or red beans are rich in protein, fibre, vitamins, & minerals. The paste is easy to make at home but you can also buy it pre-made. If you do chose to make your own though you have more control over how much it has been sweetened.
I was happy with the result! These brownies were a lovely chocolate-y treat. And for those with dietary needs, they are gluten-free (just check your oats are contaminant free) as well as vegan and dairy free (choose your brownie bits accordingly). Also a way to get your chocolate fix without caffeine (again if you skip or sub the chocolate bits that is).
Adzuki Dandelion Brownies
- 3 Tablespoons dandelion root, roasted & powdered (see previous video)
- 1 cup adzuki (red bean) paste
- 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips or your favorite bits (optional)
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease the pan.
- Place ingredients into the food processor (except optional bits) and blend to a batter consistency, occasionally turning off and scraping the sides and bottom and mixing again to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and smooth out the surface.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350F, then let them cool completely.
- Cut into pieces & enjoy!