Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

I would have probably raised my eyebrow had it been mentioned that black beans would be a healthy alternative ingredient to flour in brownies. It would have been difficult to imagine.  Obviously I am behind in the baking times…Not anymore. I am a believer. With the rise in sensitivity to gluten it has become known that bean flour or in this case A Can of BEANS is a good alternative to white flour for cakes, muffins and BROWNIES!

The jackpot has been won with this one bowl, one pan delight.  I love to bake when I don't have to think too hard, and when dessert has an opportunity to be enjoyed as a guilt-free pleasure.


Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
Serves 10
Recipe from Rebecca Andexler

Ingredients
1 can (15-ounces) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 piece of parchment paper
Butter, softened for greasing pan

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Line 8"X 8"X 2" baking pan with parchment paper and grease with butter

3.  Combine Black Beans, chocolate chips, flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, butter and vanilla extract in bowl of food processor.

4.  Secure food processor lid and blend until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes.

5.  Spread batter evenly into prepared baking pan, using rubber spatula to scrape batter from bowl.  If desire, sprinkle chocolate chips and walnuts evenly over top.

6.  Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of brownie comes out clean.

7.  Remove pan from oven and allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Enjoy!

32 comments:

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

How interesting! And healthy. And a must try. Thanks for sharing Velva.

Coach Denise said...

Told ya!!! Looks really yummy. I knew it would.

Pam Greer said...

Pinned because I just have to try these!

Debby Foodiewife said...

This is totally unconventional, and I'm thankful I don't have a gluten intolerance. Still, I'd be more than willing to try these. It sounds a whole lot healthier!

Angie Schneider said...

I do love using beans in my baking! These brownies look awesome, Velva.
Have a beautiful week ahead!
Angie

That Girl said...

I've heard of black bean brownies, but never actually tried any.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

You could have fooled me, but I'm on board. Beans are good for you and any chocolate that's dark has my name on it.
Sam

Michelle said...

Interesting! You have me intrigued here!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Velva!
I too have been curious about using black beans in baking. I've seen a few recipes but haven't actually "known" anyone that tried it. Now that you have posted this and I can see it from your perspective, I am more inclined to give them a try. I am soooooo saving this and will also be pinning it! They look awesome!

Thank you so much for sharing, Velva...

The JR said...

They look good, you can't even tell there is no flour.

We Are Not Martha said...

I've heard that black beans in brownies is actually quite delicious and these do look really fabulous!

Sues

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

So funny that we both posted one bowl brownie recipes this past week! I had never heard about black beans in brownies but what an ingenious idea!

Marcie FlavortheMoments said...

I've never tried baking sweet with beans or avocado...some time I need to give it a go! These really look delicious!

Jasline (Foodie Baker) said...

Never knew black beans can be a substitute to flour, thank you for the tip Velva! Your brownies do look delicious!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

i can't believe these are from black beans. I am so curious as to the taste. Now i must give them a try! They look delicious!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) said...

These brownies are genius! I love the bean addition!

Vicki Bensinger said...

I've never used black beans in baking but I've heard it adds a lot of moisture and flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I'll be sure to test it out.

Chris said...

I just can't get my head around this. I mean I believe you....it's just my brain doesn't want to accept it.

Ann Jones said...

I've made black bean brownies a lot, they are great gluten free as well :) Your recipe looks great, brownies are always popular in my house!!

freerangegirl said...

Hi Velva - Wow healthy guilt free brownies - you're definitely on to a winner there!

Rambling Tart said...

I felt the same way when I first attempted beans in brownies. But they're fantastic! Bless the clever discoverer of these beauties. :-)

Jem @ Lost in Utensils said...

Wow! This is good to know. Will be trying this for sure-who knew?

Mely said...

Interesting to see black beans in a brownie, as Chris mentioned above, my brain doesn't accept it. Funny, because we make black bean candies and black bean atole. I need to try them.

Mary Lee said...

So. . . the beans make this a "side" rather than a dessert in my book. Two helpings!

lisa is cooking said...

They look delicious! Wish I could have a sample right now.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

These look so perfectly chocolatey, I'd never believe they included beans as an ingredient! :)

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

I've seen a few baked goods made with beans now and have been intrigued. These look really good - thick and chocolaty!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I think I like these just a teensy more than the lemon cookies but it's a toss-up. Full of chocolatey goodness! They have beans so these are considered a vegetable?

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Wow!! I can't even imagine their taste!! Your brownies look good!! And I love black beans with onions and cheese!
Should be more healthy for you as well with the extra fiber!!
Instead of dessert - this can be my protein :-}}}}}

Catherine said...

Velva, I would never have thought to use beans! I will have to give this a try. How nice to enjoy brownies and not feel guilty. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I've heard of using beans in baking but have never given it a try. Your brownies certainly do look good.

~~louise~~ said...

I can't thank you enough for posting this recipe Velva! They were absolutely delicious!!! Thank you again for sharing. Mine didn't come out as appetizing as yours but they sure are.were yummy!!!

Thanks again, Velva...If you get a chance, pop by for a look:)

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