I guess I'm on a health kick or something. Don't worry, I haven't forsaken sugar and butter and all things naughty and delicious. I decided to try this recipe out of pure curiosity. Curiosity killed the cat, but these should theoretically keep me around longer, so why not?
I'm glad I did try it because these things are awesome. I was slightly skeptical, but I do love little Japanese pastries filled with sweetened adzuki bean so I figured they couldn't be too awful. I did expect them to taste something like health food though. I mean, they have beets and beans in them for cryin' out loud!
I was wrong though - they are nothing like health food. They taste rich and decadent, just like a flourless chocolate cake. In fact, they are good enough that you could bring them to a dinner party as a luscious dessert and laugh silently to yourself as you watch your friends consume something nutritious without their consent! Bahaha! So EVIL!
When making these I used a high quality cocoa powder which I'm sure helped with the end product tasting so rich and chocolatey, so don't skimp on that if you can help it. I made it exactly as written to see the results, but next time I will just use a couple of eggs instead of the substitute as that is not something I keep in the fridge or particularly care for. Also, don't over bake them - when you insert a toothpick into the center it should still come out with some batter clinging to it.
Rocco DiSpirito's Red Velvet Chocolate Squares
Makes 12 bars
1/2 cup chopped canned beets, drained
1 cup canned red beans, rinsed well and drained
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup liquid egg substitute
3 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup agave nectar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp natural red food coloring (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine the beets, beans, cocoa powder, egg substitute and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Process until very smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the edges of the bowl once halfway through.
3. Add the agave, butter, vanilla, almond extract and food coloring and process until everything is thoroughly combined and smooth, about 1 more minute.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Bake for 28-30 minutes turning the dish once halfway through. (A toothpick should come out with some batter clinging to it)