Even though our family tries to reduce our sugar intake as much as possible around the house, there are lots of days when we’re craving something sweet. For those days, this really hits the spot! After all, who doesn’t like to lick brownie batter??
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Food Processor vs Stick Blender
While technically you can make this recipe with either one, I think that using the food processor creates a smoother texture. Especially if you’re using dried beans, since they occasionally might not cook up as soft and mushy as you would like. The stick blender is not quite as good at decimating those tiny pieces as a food processor is.
Ditto with the oats; since they are uncooked then they might leave a bit more texture in your Brownie Batter Dip than you would prefer. But either way, it’s still delicious!
If you’re considering purchasing a food processor or a stick blender, here’s a few things to consider:
- Food Processor: I like Cuisinart, and that is saying something because I am usually the frugal one who will always buy an off-brand to save money. In fact, I used to have a different brand, but discovered that it didn’t have the motor “horsepower” to puree some of the recipes I tried to make. I currently have a Cuisinart Food Processor like this one, but I wish that I had gotten this larger Cuisinart Food Processor, because #LargeFamilyCooking
- Stick Blender: I use this tool all the time to puree beans, soups, berries, and even Homemade Gummies. They’re relatively inexpensive, even easier to clean than the food processor, and less mess because you can purée using the same bowl/pot that you cook in. I have a stick blender similar to this one.
Brownie Batter Dip
- Food processor (OR Stick blender)
- 1.5 can Black Beans Can you believe the secret ingredient??
- 1 cup Date paste*
- 1/4 cup Almond Butter can substitute for any other nut or seed butter
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 Tbsp Oats
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract**
- Apples, sliced
- Place all ingredients in the food processor. (Alternatively, place all ingredients in a large bowl).
- Purée for several minutes, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides, until dip has a smooth and creamy texture.
- Serve with apple slices, or simply eat it with a spoon!