While developing this recipe for black bean brownies, I had flash backs to my childhood when I would have snack fudge brownies from Little Debbie in my lunchbox. You know, those little thick, fudgy ones with nuts on top?
I couldn’t believe that something so healthy, could taste so sinfully delicious!
Now you’re probably thinking there’s no way that something WITH beans and WITHOUT sugar could even remotely possible be good. Hear me out. I went through rigorous testing to ensure my taste buds weren’t wacked out when I made these:
The first time I made these, they were for the kids and I. Aside from my serving, they ate the whole pan in 2 days.
When I told the kids they had beans in them, they laughed and asked for more.
The second time I made them, they were for the kids and the husband, who ruined dinner two nights in a row by grabbing more than a few of these when he got home from work.
When I told him they had beans in them, he looked at me like I had a third eye.
“Really?” he asked. “Yes, really,” I replied.
“Are you sure?” he asked again.
(Ha! As if I’d be joking about BEANS in BROWNIES!)
I told him, “Yes honey, for real. They really have beans in them. Can you taste them?”
“Nope, not at all. These are really good. You can put these in my lunches,” he told me.
Which by the way, “you can put these in my lunches” is one of the highest compliments you can get in our house.
The third time I made these, they were for company. Two of our three guests had one brownie, another had two and not a single one of them batted an eye.
After I told our guests the brownies had beans in them, the bean-hater (who had two) didn’t even believe me. Like Mr. Crumbs, he kept asking “Really?” and I reassured him repeatedly that yes, there were really beans in these brownies and yes, it is possible to make brownies with brownies taste amazing!
If four batches of brownies and 7 taste testers hasn’t convinced you that these black bean brownies are quite possibly the best thing that will happen to you this year, consider this:
These homemade black bean brownies are made with 9 ingredients that are all 100% real food. Compare to this list of ingredients off the box of Little Debbie snack fudge brownies:
Enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil with TBHQ to preserve flavor, sugar, dextrose, water, cocoa, walnuts, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, soy lecithin (emulsifier), corn starch, salt, leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), colors (caramel color, red 40), natural and artificial flavors, egg whites, citric acid, sorbic acid (to retain freshness), almonds.
This recipe is also VERY allergy friendly – no gluten, dairy or eggs. Just double check your chocolate chips and you’re good to go.
As if it can’t get any better than this, let me reiterate the obvious: there are BEANS in these brownies! I don’t know if that means they’re a dessert or breakfast or what, so let’s just make a double batch and just eat them all day, okay?
- 1½ cups cooked black beans (how to make them homemade)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup oats
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
- 2-3 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grease an 8x8 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
- In a high powdered blender OR in a food processor, combine the ingredients in the order listed.
- Process the ingredients until the batter is ultra smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts (if using) on top of the batter.
- Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through and set.
- Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting.
* If you don't want to go through the trouble of folding in the chocolate chips (and dirtying another bowl), you can sprinkle them all on top. Alternatively, you can fold all the chocolate chips in too. My kids liked having the small bits of chocolate on top.
** I've made these with canned beans and dry beans cooked from scratch and we preferred the tasted of dried beans from scratch, although the canned beans came in a close second. If you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them thoroughly (until the water runs clear) before using.
Would you have ever thought to put black beans in brownies before?!
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