Monday, November 12, 2012

Black Bean Brownies

For the month of November, Have The Cake challenge was brownies and I immediately knew what I wanted to do- black bean brownies. 

Last time, I was very pleased with chocolate mint cake with red kidney beans.So why not brownies right? Even though I am trying to cut down on refined sugar to be acne-free someday,  its really hard to give up on sugar altogether. Blame that sweet tooth.

Incorporating beans into baked goods is a great way to cut down on fats, carbs, thus calories while adding lots of good nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, & fiber. 

My dough master was little hesitant about the "black bean" brownies in the beginning but you can probably guess what happened to the remaining brownies. Dough master & I devoured it over the movie- Meet Joe Black (a must watch). And I think he ate few more for breakfast too..

The end result was very moist, rich and adding almonds (or any nuts) gives some texture to the soft texture of this brownie. There is no after-bean taste at all whatsoever!!

Black Bean Brownies (recipe adapted from here)
yields: ~ 12 pieces

1-15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 eggs
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
unsweetened coconut flakes, chocolate chips ( I used semi-sweet, dark, and white chocolate), and chopped almonds

-Preheat oven to 350 F. 
-Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 
-Line 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture.
-Top it with your choice of chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut flakes.
-Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
-Allow it to cool then cut it into pieces then enjoy!  

Note: I used blender and the batter was runny. I would recommend using food processor and keeping the batter smooth rather than runny.  


Rhonda Nelsen said...

I wish I could try this brownie. They look so delicious!

Rhonda Nelsen said...

I emailed you last night to join the group. Here is the link to my brownies.
Thanks Again!

Cathleen said...

I made black bean brownies before, and everyone devoured them. They had no idea it was healthy brownies ;)
These look fabulous

Neel said...

I’ve been raking my brain thinking of a new and great homemade Christmas gift, that wasn’t cookies. These brownies, who wouldn’t love that!thanks you.

Nik Sharma said...

This is very interesting,I will have to try using beans to makes brownies!

Dixya said...

Thanks guys. These brownies are real treat and fairly healthy too. Please let me know how you guys like it :)

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

I hope you can make it!


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