There are some recipes that you cheerfully feed people before you tell them what it is. They smile, rave about how good it is, and then look shocked when you admit what the secret ingredient was. This is one of those recipes. Sounds weird, tastes delectable and indulgent and, as a bonus, is really good for you too!
Bean Muffins (from The Crazy Makers by Carol Simontacchi)
1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans
1 1/2 cups bean juice or water
1/2 cup molasses or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat or spelt)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Blend the beans, juice/water, molasses, egg and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Add dry ingredients to the blender and mix just until smooth. Fill oiled muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 25 min. Slather on some butter and enjoy!