It’s kind of a weird idea, I know. I was a bit skeptical myself of the whole concept, but just decided to finally give it a shot. It’s not necessarily to make the brownies taste better, but more of to make them nutritionally better. However, these are very, very DELICIOUS!!! Couldn’t even tell there was a bean in there ;)
They’re super easy to make. Pureeing the beans takes literally 2 minutes. You end up with a super moist, fudge brownie that is exploding with chocolate. Using three different types of chocolate really put these guys over the top.
I had both of my parents try these before I told them there were beans in there. Needless, to say they were shocked and said they never would have known they were actually healthy. That right there is how all healthy food should be-discreet and tasty!
Triple Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
(Adapted from Joy the Baker)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and pureed in food processor
1 1/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs plus 1 egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×9 inch baking pan by greasing generously.
- Melt butter, chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate in double boiler. Once completely melted, remove from heat and allow mixture to cool slightly for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Once chocolate mixture is slightly cooled, whisk in eggs and egg white. Follow by whisking in white sugar. Then whisk in the pureed black beans and vanilla extract.
- Add all the sifted dry ingredients to wet ingredients and fold in gently. Once thoroughly combined, pour batter into greased 9×9 inch pan.
- Bake in preheated oven 25-28 minutes or until just a couple crumbs come out when a toothpick is inserted in the middle. You really want these guys fudgey! They may seem slightly underdone in the middle but they will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven and are sitting. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then slice and enjoy! Keep leftovers covered or stored in an airtight container.
Random Fact of the Day: There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than there is in Country Time Lemonade.