Are you gluten free? Trying to cut some flour from your diet? Just want to enjoy a healthy treat?
These flourless brownies will be your new go-to….they are rich and decadent and satisfy your deepest chocolate craving while still being relatively healthy.
And yes, I know black beans in brownies may sound a bit scary…I was right there with you for a long time.
I am all for healthy desserts, but I am also for enjoying my desserts and believe that sweets should be decadent and rich and eaten in moderation. I don’t truly care how healthy my dessert is as long as it is made with real and unprocessed ingredients, and I view it as an indulgence.
However, I had a hankering for brownies (and truthfully, I really don’t know of many days I am not craving a rich chocolate treat) and I needed to make a snack within the next week for friends that were gluten free.
Hmmm………the black bean brownies popped back into my head. Should I try them? Well, if they were a success, I would be able to provide my friends with a gluten free option that would not break the bank with fancy flours and provide them with a dose of healthy fiber and protein.
So I decided to research some recipes and try a few things out and see what the results were. The recipes out there were simple: sugar, black beans, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, and oil.
I knew if I added some instant coffee and dark chocolate chips to the batter, the chocolate flavor would be over the top AWESOME! I also wanted to add some peanut butter chips from Trader Joes that I had–well, because chocolate and peanut butter are simply the best combination ever!!!!
Guess what?! Success!! Not just a little success, but like MAJOR success. My hubbie who despises black beans (he is CRAZY, this we all know!!!) loved these little beauties. And let’s keep this our little secret about black beans being the base for these brownies–what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him!!!
And my friends devoured them and begged for the recipe–yea!! So now I am sharing it with you because they were just too good to keep to myself 🙂
Black Bean Brownies
- 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- a few handfuls of chocolate chips or peanut butter chips or both
Throw all the ingredients except for the chocolate/peanut butter chips into a food processor and process until completely smooth and blended well together.
Pour the batter into an 9x9 baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips (I used a combination of dark chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.)
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until set.
–If you don’t have parchment paper, just grease your baking dish really well.
–I think these brownies taste better after sitting overnight and slightly chilled–which normally I love my brownies warm and gooey, but something about this variety makes them taste like fudge. YUM!! But they are still good warm!
–Use dairy free chocolate chips to keep theses brownies vegan.