Black Bean Brownies Are Actually GOOD! Like, REALLY Good!

Black bean brownies recipe instructions

 

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Black Bean Brownies… we actually made those brownies with black beans!

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Recipe was found HERE

I’ve been wanting to try black bean brownies.  I figured I’d like them, but was worried the kids wouldn’t like them and thought they’d be too much work.  However, I decided to try it anyway.  I happened to have all the ingredients, so I didn’t need to make a special trip to the store.

Here’s the ingredients… you probably have most of them, if not all.

Ingredients:

1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
3 tablespoons coconut oil or vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we used raw cacao)
3/4 cup sugar (coconut sugar is a good, healthier alternative)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

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Preheat the oven to 350 and grease an 8″x8″ glass baking dish.

Put the rinsed and drained beans into your food processor and process until smooth.
(We used the blender, which didn’t work well so I added the liquids to help it work better.  I melted the coconut oil and added the eggs.  I did it just until it looked smooth.)

Add the other ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and process until smooth.
3 eggs
3 tablespoons coconut oil (softened/melted)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

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At this point I realized the blender was a really really bad idea.  It was nearly impossible to get the batter out of the pitcher.  Don’t do what I did.

Pour the batter into the greased baking dish then top with chocolate chips.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

 

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So here’s my take on these black bean brownies:
I tasted the raw batter and it was good.  It smelled amazing, just like regular brownies.  Once baked, they weren’t very sweet, but I liked them.  My oldest son doesn’t really like sweets (totally bizarre for an 8 year old!) so I figured he’d love them.

After they cooled for a bit (I put them in the fridge, which worked well) I called the boys in to try them.  They helped with adding and measuring ingredients, so they knew what I was up to.
My 8 year old tried one, yelled “GROSS” and walked out of the kitchen.  At that point the 5 year old didn’t dare try them.
Oh well!

THEN, the next morning, I had the black bean brownies sitting out on the counter when they came down for breakfast.  Both boys begged for a brownie!  WHAT???  Guess what… they BOTH scarfed them up!  They raved about them!  I guess my oldest needed to get used to them or something.

When they came home from school today they wanted another black bean brownie!  They never said anything like “we don’t like these, can you make regular brownies instead?”

My husband, who also doesn’t like sweets loves them too.  And his Mother just stopped by and she also gave them the thumb’s up.  One thing we noticed was that they are really satisfying.  We didn’t crave more, like when we eat normal junk food.  I don’t know about you, but I can eat a whole batch of brownies All. By. Myself.  With these, after one or two, you feel happy.  Totally satisfied.  I’m not sure if it’s because there’s much less sugar than regular brownies.  They certainly aren’t lacking in chocolatey deliciousness!

Because they are so very not-sweet, I felt they would have tasted better if I’d stirred the chocolate chips into the batter.  Not blended them in, in the processor, but combined them after pouring the batter into the baking dish.  That way the chocolate chips would have been better incorporated into the brownies.  But, turns out it’s a good thing I didn’t do it that way.  My littlest, who actually loves sweets, picked all the chocolate chips off!  He said he liked the brownie better without them.  I don’t think most kids would agree, but I thought it was worth mentioning in case one of your little ones does the same thing.  If I make them again, I’ll double the recipe and do one dish with chocolate chips well incorporated, and another dish without chips.  For the half without chips, I’ll add another tablespoon of cacao and a little more sugar.

black bean brownies recipe instructionsAll in all, a HUGE success!  I’m so happy my kiddos love them.  I almost can’t believe that the brownie in that photo was made with black beans, it looks just like a regular brownie!  

 

***UPDATE***

I made these again, last night, and this time I doubled the recipe, and added 1 scoop of vanilla Life Shake, to increase the protein and add nutrients and 9 essential amino acids.  Vanilla or chocolate flavor would work well.  The added protein shake mix didn’t change the flavor or texture at all.

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