Black Bean Brownies
You read that title correctly; there are black beans in these brownies. With all of the savory cookout fare, here is a little something sweet to end the meal. I personally am a fan of rich thick fudgy style of brownies and these hit all of those notes.
I found the recipe in an old copy of Women’s Running and thought I would play around in the kitchen today.
Rocco DiSpirito’s Healthy Fudge Brownies
These brownies are so deliciously decadent no one will notice the extra dose of protein and fiber from the black beans. Warm it up and add some tasty vanilla ice cream. (I made some tweaks to the original recipe and noted those in red)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
15 oz canned black beans
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1tsp espresso powder (used about 1 oz of coffee leftover from this morning)
3/4 c liquid egg substitute
3 Tbs whole wheat pastry flour (used whole wheat AP flour)
3/4 c agave nectar (used local honey)
1 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Also added cinnamon and pecans
Preheat oven to 350 F and spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray
Drain and rinse black beans
Combine the beans, cocoa powder, espresso powder, egg, and flour in food processor
Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl half way thorugh
Add agave, butter, and vanilla (sprinkled in some cinnamon too)
Process until all ingredients are combined
Pour batter into baking dish (garnished with chopped pecans, but any nut will do)
Bake for 10 minutes turn dish then bake for another 10 minutes
Turn oven down to 300F and bake for another 5 minutes
When you do the toothpick test it shouldn’t come out clean, but instead with a little bit of batter still clinging
Let the brownie cool completely in the pan
Cut into 12 squares and enjoy!
Nutrition stats (as original recipe) 110 Kcal 1.5 g Fat 24 g Carb 3g Fiber 4 g Protein (wow!)
Overall recipe success! I probably would have used espresso powder because I didn’t really get a lot of coffee flavor just using coffee. My family was understandably wary of a beloved taco component somehow making its way into the brownie batter but they were fans. Fudgy black bean brownies for the win! Now if only I had some ice cream..