Black Bean Brownies!

I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I ever eat a brownie made with black beans?” And I don’t blame you. I understand your concern. I don’t want my dessert to taste like vegetables or beans or anything else that it isn’t supposed to taste like. Enjoying dessert (in moderation!) is important, without it we would constantly feel deprived and potentially sabotage our efforts to eat healthfully. Let me tell you, these brownies give you the best of both worlds. You get some great nutritional benefits that your typical brownies lack without sacrificing any of the chocolately goodness.

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Black Bean Brownies

  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Rinse and drain the black beans (goodbye excess sodium). Combine the black beans, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, and canola oil in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, a blender will work just fine. Process until smooth. Add the eggs, brown sugar, baking cocoa, vanilla, baking powder, and salt (I only had baking soda on hand, so I used about 1/3 of the amount of baking powder the recipe called for). Process again until smooth. Pour the batter into a 9-in square baking dish greased with cooking spray. Top the batter with remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12 brownies. (recipe from http://www.tasteofhome.com)

Nutrition: (1 brownie) 165 calories, 7 g fat, 23 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 4 g fiber

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Black Bean Brownies: Tara Tested, Tara and fellow MSU dietetic interns approved! I strongly recommend these brownies to every chocolate lover out there. These brownies are so dense and chocolately, you would never guess the main ingredient is a can of black beans. They are very dense and fudgey, so consider yourself warned if you prefer the consistency of cake-like brownies. I brought these to our weekly internship class and everyone was pleasantly surprised; no trace of beans! Go ahead and make these brownies for your next potluck or family get together without telling anyone what they’re made of and see if anyone notices! You’ll be doing everyone a favor providing a healthier, protein and fiber rich dessert!

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