Black Bean Brownies

by Kelli H. on June 20, 2011

Before you say “EWE!” give it a chance! I came across this recipe on one of my favorite blogs A Healthy Slice of Life a while back.  When Brittany featured them I was intrigued.  I made them that weekend and I liked them, David liked them, and 2 of our friends also liked them.  My friend Michelle says she’s made them a few times since I made them and she loves them.  It’s perfect for anyone craving sweets but is trying to keep their health in mind.  The texture is very spongy and light.  I will admit that they taste better the next day.

On this occasion I used the CSA black beans that I got in my bag.  It was delicious with homemade black beans and I felt so domestic having real homemade beans in them.  It’s definitely not required but if you ever have some dried black beans this could be another use for them. Who knew?!

Black Bean Brownies
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 eggs
3 T vegetable oil
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1 t vanilla extract
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 t baking powder (optional)
1 t instant coffee (optional but recommended)
1/2 c chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 c walnuts, chopped (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease 8×8 baking dish.
2.  Combine black beans through instant coffee in a blender and puree.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle on chocolate chips and or walnuts if using.  Bake for 30 minutes or until top is dry and starting to pull away from the sides.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Thanks for the blog shot out 😉
I hear the instant coffee adds a lot! I didn’t have it to use in mine. Did you like it?


Made in Sonoma June 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

@Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)
I love it with the instant coffee. 🙂


David June 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I really like these! I don’t have to feel too unhealthy when I eat a bunch. And I really like that first picture you took. Cool texture of the brownie, and even of the fork. 🙂


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