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Lentil Brownies

You’ve gotta love brownies. You can put just about anything into them and as long as you have enough chocolate and sweetener in them, they’ll still make a gooey and satisfying dessert. Case in point: The kale brownies we made a few months ago, and now these lentil brownies.

We wouldn’t have necessarily thought of lentils as something to put in brownies, until we met up with the Canadian Lentils folks at BlogHer Food. The lentil crew had an enormous display of just about every kind of food cooked with lentils, from samosas to artichoke dip. And of course there were these unbelievably tasty brownies.

True story: When we posted a picture of the lentil brownies from the conference for some friends to see, we got quite a few comments from doubters. We get it. Everyone is tired of things being hidden in food, and no one wants their brownies messed with. But what if just the fact of having lentils in the brownies added a little extra fiber and potassium to your dessert, without changing the taste at all? We’d say, ‘Why not?’

In fact, as soon as we got home from Austin, we tried out the recipe for ourselves. And they were just as gooey and chocolate-y and delicious as we could have hoped. The best review so far: Our six-year-old asked why we had to take pictures of the brownie next to a bunch of lentils. He absolutely had no idea there was anything different about the brownies. We fessed up, of course, and…he asked for more.

Lentil Brownies (via Canadian Lentils)

½ cup butter

½ cup lentil purée* (we used small red lentils)

¾ cup cocoa

2 cups sugar

¾ tsp salt

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour (we substituted oat flour)

1 cup chocolate chips

1. Melt butter; mix in lentil purée, cocoa, sugar and salt. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla, flour, chocolate chips.

2. Bake in a greased 9 x 13 pan at 350° F (175° C) for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

*Lentil Purée: Cook lentils by simmering one part lentils, two parts water for 15 to 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Place cooked or (rinsed & drained canned) lentils into a food processor. For every 1 cup lentils, add ¼ cup water. Blend to make a smooth purée with a consistency like canned pumpkin. If needed, add additional water 1 T. at a time.


P.S. Loved seeing old and new friends at BlogHer Food, including Shef’s Kitchen; Rabbit Food Rocks; She’s Cookin; Eating Rules; Eating Made Easy; Sally and Corinne from The Lisa Ekus Group; our pals at Stonyfield, Califia Farms, and Lundberg Family Farms; our new friends at Whole Foods headquarters in Austin, and many more. Thank you, BlogHer!

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9 Responses to Lentil Brownies

  1. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious June 12, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    I’m sold. What if you made a brownie with kale AND lentils?

    • Jeanne June 12, 2013 at 7:53 am #


  2. Melissa Zeidan June 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Hi Jeanne! Just wanted to drop by to say that it was great to meet you at BlogHer Food (at the Stubbs party with Priscilla of She’s Cookin’). Your site is great. Some great healthy tips for myself, and some great stuff I can pass along to my mommy friends. Hope you got some useful info out of the conference. Let me know if you ever make it up my way to San Francisco!

    • Jeanne June 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Melissa: Thanks so much for stopping by – It was great meeting you! I’ll definitely let you know if my travels bring me up to SF!

  3. amee June 14, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    I love that you blogged about them. I will FB and tweet!

    • Jeanne June 17, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks, Amee! Loved seeing you again!

  4. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) June 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    My roommate made the BEST brownies, so fudgy…, with beans, sweet potato, honey, and dates. It was amazing! I am begging her for the recipe so I can post it on the blog 🙂

    • Jeanne June 17, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      WOW – Beans and sweet potato? I’ll have to give that a try!

  5. CJ at Food Stories June 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Never seen these before but what a great idea 🙂

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