Wednesday, May 18

Shhh...there are black beans in the brownie!

No, I did not stutter, I mean, it really is healthier.  Matt is a connoisseur of all things brownie, and today at school he had a really hard test that took all day. Also the past couple of days have been kind of rough at the Langford house and he has been so sweet.  I thought he deserved a home baked treat, with a twist.

I am always looking for ways to make the things we love healthier, so when I stumbled across the Black Bean Brownie recipe and saw it was roughly 40% of the calories of a regular delish concoction I thought, "why the heck not."  

Black Bean Brownies
One 15 oz can of drained and rinsed black beans
Add three eggs 
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder 
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
3/4 cup of sugar and 1 tsp baking powder 
2 tsp instant coffee (The Barefoot Contessa swears that coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate)
and 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 
You don't need a ninja for this part but I highly recommend it,  I love my ninja and it does  a freaking awesome job at blending stuff.  So, just blend all of your ingredients up until smooth.  I did notice that the chocolate chips were still chunky, but they will melt.  I promise you, the beans will be pulverized.
Bake at 350 in a greased 8X8 pan. 
Healthy Brownie goodness.

The verdict:  I told Matt about my little secret AFTER he ate some, he said they were good, but once he knew there were beans in them, he said he could tell they tasted different.  Still good, but different.  I think he felt better knowing they were better for him.  So I say, trick your kids and your men...don't ever tell them your secret ingredient!


Shannon @ Why Not On A Tuesday said...

This reminds me of one of Jerry Seinfeld's wife's recipes. She has a whole cookbook about making desserts with different vegetables in it, and supposedly you can't ever taste them.

I'll have to try these out.

Mrs Em said...

This was one of my favorite ways to add protein to my diet when I was doing the Bradley diet with John Riley. I also added almonds and it was delicious! You can even do this with a boxed brownie mix by just replacing the oil with beans, according to Lacey Saul dietician extraordinaire :-)

Chelle said...

Matt said they were better hot, so just keep that in mind. And Em, I knew that Lacey had made these one time but I couldn't remember exactly how she did it.

Cari Walters said...

There is a cookbook that has nothing but bean recipes in it from main course to dessert. A friend of mine just made the bean brownies, I don't know that Im brave enough....looks like you are!! :)

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