Trying to eat gluten-free? Sad that you could never have a Sweet Idea treat because of our reliance on wheat flour? Then now is the time to rejoice, because tonight we are offering our first gluten-free item. Not only is it gluten-free, it’s vegan, and awesome. Introducing Sweet Idea peanut butter chocolate brownies!
I forgot to take a pic of the finished brownies, so here’s the batter.
You are probably asking yourself, “what do they use instead of flour in the batter?” The answer is actually pretty cool. Beans. Black beans. So, technically, these are peanut butter chocolate black bean brownies! Using beans in sweet desserts is surprisingly not uncommon, although the usual application is in Eastern cuisines and employs azuki beans. Given the success of the black bean brownies (I suppose I can’t call them a success yet, but they are pretty damn good), I am really looking forward to using beans as a base for more gluten-free items.
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This Tuesday marked our first installment of Late Night Kitchen – a casual get together in the kitchen where we make (and eat, of course) NEW stuff. The new part is really important. Cookies are great, but there is so much more beyond cookies that Sweet Idea can offer. We want to start putting out some totally new products on the bikes. Late Night Kitchen isn’t just about making and sharing great food, but it also provides a wonderful learning opportunity for all involved. All of my experience with baking has come from reading articles and recipes online and then testing them out in the kitchen. This has worked incredibly well for me so far, and it is great to have some time dedicated to experimentation. It’s even more fun to share all that knowledge. We’ll be providing a recap post each week about Late Night Kitchen and what we create.
The brownies will be on the bikes starting TONIGHT. Just like everything else on the menu, it’s $5 for a pack of them.
White chocolate oatmeal
Snickerdoodle w/ chocolate ganache
Boondock Saint – Two giant white chocolate oatmeal cookies filled with an Irish cream frosting.
Peanut butter chocolate (vegan, gluten-free)
I realize there are some people with severe gluten allergies and for this reason I want to disclose a little bit about the kitchen we work out of. Since it is a shared kitchen, I unfortunately cannot guarantee that it is a 100% gluten-free facility. Also, some of the equipment we use is also used to produce products that do contain gluten. I try to avoid cross-contamination wherever possible, but unfortunately not every variable is within my control. Here is an ingredient list of everything in the brownies so that you may make an informed decision: black beans, sugar, peanut butter, canola oil, oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. If you have any questions, please e-mail me or shoot us a text.