Friday, May 24, 2013

Black Bean Brownies

Don't judge them by the name.  Try them, try them and you will see what a healthy alternative to store boxed brownies can be.  They are quite delicious and no one will know there are black beans in the mix unless you tell them.  Just make two batches, you will regret it if you don't.

Black beans are awesome. They help reduce your blood cholesterol, maintain normal blood sugars, and prevent constipation.  One cup of beans is 227 calories, 15g of protein, 41g carbs, and 15g of fiber.  NOTE:  There is no signifigant difference in nutritional value between canned or dry beans.  However, the sodium content is higher in the canned beans due to salt added during cooking and processing.

I got this recipe here.  Check the blog out while you are there. I made a couple substitutions. I used half sugar/half honey and used butter instead of the vegetable oil.  If you are in the mood to experiment... try adding a banana or peanut butter. I used a blender, it was quick and easy.
Extra chips added to the mix

Would love to hear your feedback.  My kids love them, they have no idea I used black beans. Enjoy!

Prep time
Cook time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 9
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (15½ oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup and 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on low until all ingredients are well blended (there should not be any whole black beans in the batter!).
  3. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish and pour batter inside.
  4. Top with chocolate chips or nuts if desired.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean after inserting in the center.
  6. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving (otherwise they will fall apart).
Makes 9 brownies

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