Black Badger Carlin Pea Brownies

December 22, 2017 7:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Carrot cake is old news – even Chocolate Beetroot cake can be taken in our stride, nowadays. But black badger peas in chocolate brownies? Has the world gone mad?

Black badger peas bring a real earthiness to this sweet dessert.

Black badger peas – chuck a handful in your brownies!

Of course not! Indeed, chocolate brownies, which rely on a certain luscious density of filling, and are frequently made as a gluten-free dessert, lend themselves really well to the use of ground-up peas. The peas also prevent the mixture from becoming too cloyingly sweet, by providing a pleasant earthiness.

This unusual recipe has been forwarded to us by Hodmedod’s – growers and sellers of British peas, beans and grains. It was originally created by Lindsey Dickson of The Eating Tree blog and makes 12 energy and protein-packed bars.


100g dark chocolate

30g unsweetened cocoa powder

150g butter

400g can of black badger carlin peas (or 200g dried carlin peas, soaked and cooked)

100g ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

120g caster sugar

60g dried apricots, chopped

Icing sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 170C/350F.

Melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa powder and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, until the mixture is smooth.

Meanwhile, whizz the drained peas in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add this to the melted mixture in the pan, along with the ground almonds, baking powder, eggs, caster sugar and chopped apricots, and combine well.

Spoon evenly into a tin and bake for 20 minutes, until just firm.

Leave to cool for five minutes, then lift out of the pan and leave to cool completely.

Wrap in foil and leave overnight, before dusting with icing sugar and cutting up.

Black badger pea brownies: tip

We haven’t yet tried this out, but this recipe would presumably work well with one of Hodmedod’s pre-ground green or yellow pea flours too – click here to see them.



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