How to Make Gluten Free Vegan White Bean Blondies

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How to make gluten free vegan White Bean Blondies. This delicious take on the now world-famous Black Bean Brownies (invented by mad vegan scientist, the Happy Herbivore), actually predates them. This recipe came to me via the wonderful late illustrator and blogger, Buel Almquist-Lee, who wrote so eloquently about the need for a little sweetness in our lives. Buel passed away earlier this year, and I was saddened that the world had lost such a unique, generous and artistic soul. I first got to know her back in 2008, when I started my first food blog. I was in awe of her brilliance, and her ability to paint a picture, with not only paints, but with words also.

When I was compiling my vegan cookbook, she generously contributed her artwork to my book, I am not sure that she ever got to see the finished book, and so I a hope that I can keep a little of her memory alive by sharing some of her artwork here. In her own idiosyncratic way, Buel wrote evocatively about her white bean blondies:

Generally acquainted with the macrobiotic principle of balancing expansive and contractive forces in cooking, this idea especially became clear: sweets have an open, uplifting quality. As do simple carbohydrates, joy, and laughter. With the brute attack on my diet {removing sugar} and eventually other ways of being, I settled into a seriously contracted place. Every rule and should-not added atop every indulgence departed, allowed the pattern of school marm consternation and rigidity to ripple through me, leaving me small, colorless and pinched. While it may be misleading to say that sugar is the lynch pin that makes my life run well, I’ll just conclude that bright open skies make a good companion to the dark terrain below. Blondies have sentimental value. I love the contrast between vanilla with a hint of butterscotch, against the chocolate. Moist, almost fudgy, but still utterly winsome. I thought these were interesting and wholesome in a balanced even slightly virtuous way. The right amount of expansion with contraction!

Buel Almquist-Lee

Note: I have removed the egg element and added some coffee to give a mocha flavour. I also replaced the flour to make them gluten-free (and for the oatmeal intolerant).

Why do people use beans in blondies or brownies?

How to Make Healthy and Delicious Vegan White Bean Blondies
  • They help to stabilise the texture of a baked good, reducing the need for too much flour, so are great if you are trying to reduce carbs
  • They are really high in fibre
  • They increase the longevity of the brownie or blondie in the cake tin!
  • They work to help replace the egg element, thus making them a vegan superstar! Here’s more benefits of using beans in baking!

What is the Texture of a Bean Blondie or Brownie Like?

So, the texture is very fudgy and quite dense, certainly less cakey on account of their being a little less flour used than regular brownies. These white bean blondies are also gluten free, and that adds a different texture to baked goods as well. Of course, you can replace the gluten-free flour with regular flour if you’d prefer, or you might like to try buckwheat instead, for a delicious nutty taste!

I find the texture to be really nice, and they do last a little bit longer in the cake tin because they’re vegan.

Can I Freeze White Bean Blondies?

You can also freeze them. Let them cool, and cut into individual squares, wrap well in clingfilm and put them in the deep freeze!

If you love blondies, maybe you’ll love my raw vegan brownies, here!

How to Make Healthy and Delicious Vegan White Bean Blondies

Vegan White Bean Blondies

5 from 37 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blondies, Vegan Baking, Vegan Blondies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 Blondies

Equipment

  • 8" lined Brownie Pan
  • Blender or Smoothie Maker

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz (400g) can Cannellini Beans, drained
  • 8 tbsp Rapeseed Oil
  • ½ cup (110g) Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup (120ml) Vegan natural Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Coffee Granules
  • 1 tsp Camp Coffee (or coffee extract)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup (130g) SF Gluten-Free Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¾ cup (100g) Sorghum or Millet Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 cup (150g) Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup (50g) Chopped Walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180c
  • In a blender, whizz up the beans, oil, brown sugar, yogurt, coffee and
    vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Sift the flours and salt into a large bowl.
  • Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry until just amalgamated
  • Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into your prepared dish and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a
    toothpick comes out clean.
  • These brownies are not a cakey texture, they are dense and almost
    fudgy. They will keep for ages in the tin and can be dressed up with a
    little drizzled melted chocolate if you like.
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These brownies are not a cakey texture, they are dense and almost fudgy. They will keep for ages in the tin and can be dressed up with a little drizzled melted chocolate if you like.
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  1. 5 stars
    Looks absolutely delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you!! This recipe is amazing, and it’s so hard to nail a good gf blondie. You did it.

  3. 5 stars
    I love black bean brownies and these are the perfect replacement when I want something with a little less chocolate. They are SO good!

  4. 5 stars
    These look so delicious

  5. 5 stars
    Perfect recipe!!! Love blondies ??

  6. 5 stars
    Yesssss I have GOT to try this! Looks absolutely decadent ?

  7. 5 stars
    Yum! Delicious! Those blondies look great! Can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    These brownies look absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  9. These blondies look fantastic! A perfect alternative for my gluten-free family members. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Amanda Scarlati says:

    5 stars
    These white bean blondies are so good, thanks for the recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Yay I should send this recipe to my vegan friends – thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this absolutely delicious recipe… it is so rich, tasty yet easy to prepare, I will be making it over the BH weekend as I have some friends over, and one of them is vegan!

  13. 5 stars
    What an interesting addition! Beans!

  14. 5 stars
    I would definitely try these gluten-free vegan White Bean Blondies! I don’t know you can cook a white bean like this, thanks for sharing it.:) Love it!

  15. 5 stars
    These look absolutely delicious! Will definitely be trying them next weekend!

  16. 5 stars
    Bean blondies? Brilliant idea. I’m excited to give this a try. Looks delicious. And it’s totally guilt-free. Yum!

  17. Thank you for sharing my sister’s recipe. It’s so nice to read about her!

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