When you read the title most of you were probably like, what? Beans and brownies don’t go together, except they do.
I was introduced to these brownies at a recent NCFCA tournament. During the down time between rounds I noticed a friend at my table eating something and I asked what it was. She said it was a black bean brownie and offered my one. I said no! Later I decided to try one and was totally surprised, they were so good. So after having a couple days to recover from the tournament we got the recipe and made a batch (actually two!).
Unfortunately I let the secret slip about what was in the brownies (we were originally going to give the brownies to my younger siblings and then tell them what was in them). Everyone did try them and all but one person in my family like them (more for the rest of us I guess).
Though I must admit my regular brownies are better than these, these are definitely better when you consider how much better for you they must be. These are incredibly simple and you can’t even tell they have black beans in them!
Hopefully you’ll be brave enough to try these brownies by using the recipe below or by downloading the recipe by clicking here: Black Bean Brownies.
Black Bean Brownies
Makes 9 Brownies
- 1 (15 ½ oz) can Black beans, rinsed and drained
- 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 (about ½ cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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!).
- Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish and pour batter inside.
- Top with chocolate chips or nuts if desired. (or you can stir in the chocolate chips)
- Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean after inserting in the center.
- Cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving (otherwise they will fall apart).
For a double recipe use a 13×9 pan.
If your oven tends to cook faster be sure to check the brownies a couple minutes before the 25 minute mark.