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    Default Black Bean Brownies

    Black Bean Brownies


    Recipe Description
    A healthy spin on a sinful fave

    (This is supposedly a soy, dairy and gluten free recipe.)

    Preparation Steps:
    Pull out and set up blender.

    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees & lightly grease 8x8 square baking dish.
    Level of Difficulty:
    Easy
    Time Needed:
    45 min to 1 hour - start to finish
    Ingredients:
    1 x 15.5oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
    3 eggs
    3 tbsp vegetable oil
    1/4c cocoa powder
    1 pinch salt
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    3/4 white sugar (OR granular Splenda)
    1 tsp instant coffee
    1/2c milk chocolate chips (optional)
    Serves:
    12-16 depending on how you cut them
    Directions:
    Combine in blender: black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar (or Splenda) and instant coffee in blender.

    Blend until smooth.

    Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

    Sprinkle the chocolate chips over top of the mixture (optional)

    Bake in pre-heated oven for approx 30 minutes or until top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.

    Let cool before serving & enjoy.
    Last edited by Russ; 04-14-2010 at 01:36 PM. Reason: added photo

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    Just made these today but I used Splenda and they were pretty decent. I may try it with another sweetener alternative in the future. (IE agave syrup) I did not add the additional chocolate chips as indicated - to cut out excess sugar.

    The black beans add density/texture, moisture and hidden fibre that is missing when using flour in the traditional recipes. I'd also opt for the chocolate chips on top to increase the chocolate quotient for you die hard chocolate fans

    There is no flour in the recipe.

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    I never would have thought of using beans for brownies! And ya I would be one of those adding the extra chips. Sounds wierd but so did tomato soup in cake once upon a time. Thanks for sharing such an unusual recipe.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene View Post
    I never would have thought of using beans for brownies! And ya I would be one of those adding the extra chips. Sounds wierd but so did tomato soup in cake once upon a time. Thanks for sharing such an unusual recipe.
    Sorry to hijack the thread...

    You think beans in brownies is a bit "odd", how about fudge (and it's actually very tasty). I also have a recipe for Navy Bean Bundt Cake.

    Pinto Bean Fudge

    15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    3/4 c. melted margarine or butter
    1 c. cocoa (I'd suggest using Hershey's 100% Cacao - Special Dark)
    1 T. vanilla
    1 c. chopped pecans (optional)
    2 pounds powdered sugar

    Puree or mash beans until smooth. Heat through. Add melted margarine, cocoa and vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar slowly. Add nuts, if desired. Press into 9x13-inch greased pan. Store in the refrigerator.

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    I visit a site where the young woman uses beans in a lot of things. She uses them in muffins ect...

    Everyday Food Storage Recipes-Food Storage & Recipe Blog

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    Cool, thanks for the info ladies!! I love learning new things.




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    I make black bean brownies with black beans (or pinto beans) and a brownie mix. That's it. No oil and no eggs. Just puree the beans. Put the beans and mix in a bowl. Mix and bake.

    You can see how to make them here: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz7rOpG7H4g]YouTube - Black Bean Brownies[/ame]

    I've also made them using a recipe from scratch and omitting the last four ingredients (because I didn't want the extra calories from the nuts and chocolate). The idea of using the beans is to eliminate the calories and fat of the oil and the eggs. So, that's why I omit that from the recipe as well. I make these with the beans the same way as I do with a commercial brownie mix.

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    I can feel myself getting sucked in to making these brownies. It won't hurt to try and even if I totally love them, I don't have to make them all the time!! Do I?

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    maui - give in to the temptation....come to the dark side, we have beans & cocoa!

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    and humor Libby!! mahalo!!

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    WWHHHAAAA???? Beans and Brownies? Here I am eating banana chips and chocolate chips. Now I will need to try this beans and brownies. Oh man. the things I learn here.

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    I too am deffinately going to try these. There just weird enough to make me want them. Also my boyfriend tells me about this ice cream from the phillipines that's made with beans. I can't wait for these.

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