Mind-blowing Black Bean Brownies


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Say whaaaat!?  Yup, if you’re still here after reading black bean brownies, I thank you.

I do have a flare for the dramatic when it comes to food but I guarantee , they ARE mind-blowing because they are super delicious and taste like they’re terrible for you.  Isn’t that what we are all looking for,  the proverbial healthy Big Mac?? 

By the name alone, you’d never guess that they’d be so chocolatey and decadent.  By the look and taste of them, you’d never guess that they were A) flourless, B) made with beans (for heaven’s sake),  C) gluten-free , D) high in fibre and E) low in fat.

MAKE THEM…trust me!

Oh! and make sure to do what everybody who’s tried these told me to do…(always in a whispery voice for some reason), “Serve them and don’t tell anyone what they are made with….wait for the compliments and then tell them“.  Tee-hee-hee The prospect of this was exciting! Of course, I couldn’t bear it… I was staring at my recipients with this wild smile, waited 4 seconds and then said “sooooooo, can you guess the secret ingredient????”  

As expected, people loved them and could not believe they were made with black beans. After you tell people, they are usually boggled, they will stare at them, then they take a bite, furrow their brow and look out into the distance lol

I truly felt that I was let in on an amazing secret that only a choice few knew about. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

(no, they do not cause gastric distress.)

Black Bean Brownies
Note: The texture is soft – not dense or chewy like traditional brownies. You’ll need a napkin 😀

Mind-Blowing Black Bean Brownies

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground coffee or instant coffee (I used instant espresso which I had bought to use in another recipe)
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mist a non-stick 8 x 8-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add the beans and pulse 10-15 times. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add eggs, and pulse an additional 10-15 times or until well-combined.
  3. Add cocoa powder, sugar, olive oil, almond milk, vinegar, baking powder, baking soda, and instant coffee. Pulse to fully combine. Remove the blade of the stand mixer and carefully stir in ½ cup chocolate chips; transfer to the baking pan, spreading batter to the edges. Sprinkle the top with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 25-32 minutes or until an inserted toothpick is cleanly removed.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 brownie Calories: 131 Fat: 4.3 Carbohydrates: 21.4 Sugar: 9.1 Sodium: 87Fiber: 2.1 Protein: 2.8 Cholesterol: 26
Enjoy!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Bianca says:

    I can vouch for the taste! They were absolutely delicious, and I would never have guessed these were made without flour. The texture was also very nice.

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  2. Ema Jones says:

    Super-like!!
    I made Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Cheesecake
    http://bit.ly/1iOmVdE

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    1. Ema Jones says:

      WC dear.. 🙂

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    2. Thank you! I will definitely check it out.

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      1. Ema Jones says:

        Hi dear, was going through your blog and simply loved, “Tunnel of Fudge Cake”. So tempting and this is something I’ll try for sure…

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      2. Hello Ema,

        That cake may just be the most delicious cake I have ever made and tasted to date. It is absolutely sinful.
        https://vanillabeanonline.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/tunnel-of-fudge-cake/

        Another great chocolate cake in my opinion is Ina Garten’s recipe – Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. It contains a little coffee which enhances the chocolate flavour.

        Enjoy the weekend!
        Stephanie
        Vanillabeanonline.wordpress.com

        Stephanie

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  3. Fire Mama says:

    I think I just might make these for tomorrow at the Fire Station. I don’t think they will even be able to tell. We are doing the MDA Fill The Boot while on duty so we need to have quick snacks at the station when we come back briefly between calls and Fill The Boot. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Hey there! Thank you for writing.
      If you make them, I’d love to get some feedback 🙂 I’m sure they’ll be a hit!
      I just read up on the ‘Fill the Boot’ initiative. I think its a great and inspiring thing you are doing.
      Take care and good luck.

      Stephanie M
      vanillabeanonline.wordpress.com

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  4. Rachel says:

    Been meaning to make a dessert with black beans for a while – now I’ve gotta try! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Rachel! Thanks for writing. I hope you like them. Make sure to get back to me with any suggestions or comments.
      Have a great day.

      Stephanie M
      vanillabeanonline.wordpress.com

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  5. ‘the proverbial healthy big mac’ is a great description. I’ve actually heard from a coworker that black beans in brownies are awesome- that’s also health teacher talk. You certainly make these look tasty! Thanks for linking up today!
    xoxo K
    http://peeledwellness.com

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    1. Hey there!

      Yeah, I’ll pat myself on the back for that one. lol
      They are so good, honestly.

      Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

      Stephanie M.

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  6. Black bean brownies are totally on my must try list. Still haven’t gotten over the idea though!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    1. Hey there Kari,

      They are so delicious. You won’t believe your taste buds!
      Make sure to give me some feedback once you try them.

      Thanks for writing!
      Stephanie M.
      vanillabeanonline.wordpress.com

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  7. estherjane13 says:

    Balsamic vinegar? Black beans? What a crazy recipe. Can’t WAIT to try it. Thank you.

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    1. Hey there! I brought them to work to see if anyone could tell what the secret ingredient was and they couldn’t. They’re chocolaty and decadent 😉 Hope you like them!

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  8. Chantal says:

    Hello Stephanie, I just tried the black bean brownies and they are amazing. I had to stop myself after having 2! Can you tell me what is the best way of storing them?

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    1. Hey Chantal! I am thrilled that you liked the brownies! Just store them in an airtight container. No need to refrigerate unless you want to. 🙂

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