Did I scare you with the title? Don’t be frightened. Everything is fine.
So, being pretty far away from my wedding dress figure, I decided to try and start baking healthier desserts. Considering my future hubs is a bottomless pit that can eat an entire apple pie in one sitting and not gain a pound, I’m sort of on my own here. And home girl loves chocolate. Everything that is good in life involves chocolate. And bacon. But, let’s not go there.
Enter: black bean brownies. Believe me, I was as skeptical as you. But, just like the pudding I made recently, I was more than pleasantly suprised. The texture was more cake-like than brownie at first but after letting it sit for a few hours, it had a more dense texture. Does that make sense? I don’t care. This is my blog and I can be confusing if I want to.
Black Bean Brownies
Adapted from Here
Yields 16 Brownies
- 1 can (15.5 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 eggs
- 2 T. greek yogurt (or 3 T vegetable oil if you have that on hand)
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 t. baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. instant coffee (Optional. Mine had a pretty strong coffee taste.)
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- Drain and rinse black beans and place into a food processor, pulse until completely smooth. Mine took a few minutes because the bowl of my food processor isn’t that big. If you don’t have a food processor, by all means use a blender. I won’t stop you.
- Remove blade and scoop out black bean puree. Place into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and set speed to low. Slowly add in all ingredients until well combined.
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray and pour batter into it. The batter will have a thinner consitensy than a boxed mix that you’re probably used to. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes, or until set and brownies start to pull from the sides of the pan.
- Cool completely before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with chocolate icing or warm in the microwave and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Yummmmmm.
When I was done with these, I gave Adam a bite and told him to guess the secret ingredient. He said coffee. I said black beans. His eyes boggled. Mind blown.