Monday, February 7, 2011

Black Bean Brownies

I was really surprised to find that this did NOT taste like beans. It was super fudgy and yummy. I made 1/2 the recipe below just to test it out (and because I'm on a calorie restricted diet). Make the whole recipe for a thicker brownie. Just over 100 calories per square if you only make 1/2 the recipe.

12 brownies

2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" glass baking dish with a little oil.

Put all ingredients except chocolate and cranberries in a blender or food processor and puree until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish and sprinkle on the chocolate chips and cranberries. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the centre is firm. You'll need to touch it with your finger. If it feels jiggly leave it in for a few more minutes. The toothpick test will not work on this recipe. It's too fudgy. Let it cool completely before cutting into 12 squares.

Tip: Nuts would be good in this recipe too! Or try it with different flavours of chocolate chips. I saw a commercial for mini peanut butter cups yesterday. That would be tasty! Mmmm!!! You could possibly swirl in some peanut butter. If anyone tries that, let me know. I love peanut butter and chocolate!

Original Recipe:

- black bean brownies -

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