Black Bean Brownies

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Just look at that picture… LOOK AT IT. Are those not the most delectable brownies you have ever seen?!

Guess what… I want to tell you a little secret…. closer… closer… *whispers*… they are GLUTEN FREE! Yes, yes yes yes I am obsessed with this recipe despite the fact it goes against the flour based treats my Southern US/ European family have always taught me. The above brownies do not contain an ounce of flour. Instead, they are made with pureed black beans.

Skeptics, I dare you to try them. I was haunted with the idea I was going to be eating something that tasted unlike a brownie, grainy, and just plain health food gone wrong. Incorrect. Ever wondered what a fluffy chocolate souffle and a dense brownie’s baby would taste like? (I do all the time). Well, it tastes like a black bean brownie. And it tastes DELICIOUS.

Before I start with getting into the recipe, I just want to share something as to why these brownies are getting me COMPLETELY excited.

flour vs beans

Are these a health food that you should eat all the time? No. There is still sugar and whatnot in these brownies. But the difference between the nutritional value of white flour and beans alone should get you stoked to want to make these. Because instead of having a bad for your brownie, you can eat something just as great tasting that has more nutritional value. Plus if you have a Gluten allergy, this is perfect since beans are gluten friendly. Simple steps to a healthy you, people.

Recipe adapted from Mmm is for Mommy.

20 counces canned black beans, well rinsed and drained
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup + 1tbs cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

The other amazing part of this brownie is everything is made in a blender or food processor. Since beans are being used, you want to make sure the puree is as silky as possible. The steps are simple; except for the chocolate chips, dump everything in the blender starting with the beans. No really, I am serious. Put it all in there.

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The next thing you need to do is get that mixture blended. The texture you are looking for is something resembling a smoothie. Grease a 8×8 inch pan with cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan.

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Cover the brownie batter in the chocolate chips. Get every inch coated with a chip.

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Place in the oven for 30 minutes. You should see a solid center and a top crust on the brownies.

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Let cool for a few moments then slice like regular brownies. The black bean brownies look, taste, smell, package, keep in the fridge, etc everything like regular brownies. They won’t crumble. And yes they taste amazing with ice cream; I taste tested for you.

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So the next time you feel in the mood for  a brownie, have one! Just make it black bean.

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