Black Bean Brownies

My baking experiments are often just that, mega experiments. Luckily I have fiancé who’s willing to try just about anything and a blog that allows me to showcase my trial and error experience. So thank YOU!

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Last night I decided to give the whole bean brownie thing another go and these turned out WAY better than the garbanzo bean brownies I made a while back. This time I added in applesauce which made the texture a lot more soft and brownie-like. I also added in a tablespoon of REAL sugar. Ladies and gentleman, I’d always much rather use a little bit of real sugar for taste than ANY of that fake stuff.

Here’s the new recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a smaller baking dish with cooking spray. I typically use an 8×8 or in this case I used a random 10×6 I had lying around

In a food processor or bowl with an electric mixer combine:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons pure honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 whole wheat oats (steel cut preferred but I used quick oats because it was what I had)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

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Mix ingredients until well blended. Batter will be thick and comparable to real brownie batter. Pour into baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and then cut into 25-35 pieces. In this recipe I cut mine into 35 pieces so each one was bite size and only 25 calories.

Nutrition info below. Happy nomming!

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Garbanzo Bean Brownies

Say whaaaaat! I’ve been on this quest in 2014 to find ways to make clean and healthier versions of foods I love. Sometimes for me it’s more about the texture of foods than anything else. And I will tell you that these have a very similar feel to regular brownies.

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I’ll be honest, they won’t taste like sugary brownies, but they will be healthy! My boyfriend made a face when he tried them and said “I DON’T LIKE IT!” like a 3 year old. So they aren’t for everyone. They taste a lot more like an oat bran bar.

Worst case scenario, if you don’t like them, you can keep the recipe for April Fools 😉

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbonzo beans, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 quick oats (whole wheat)
  • 2 tbsp White Chocolate Wonderful (or nut butter of your choice)

I put all of the ingredients straight into my Ninja blender and blended until smooth.

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Pour into greased 8×8 pan. The mix will rise a little but not by much. It will be thick.

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Bake for around 20-25 minutes until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.

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You can also top them with some melted peanut butter for extra taste.  I may try altering the recipe in the future. You could use any type of beans really. I may experiment with black beans and using applesauce instead of honey. A lot of these bean brownie recipes call for chocolate chips but I didn’t have any and am trying to stay away from chocolate so I just used the cocoa.

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