I feel like it has been a while since I did some baking and I have been urged by many tasters of this recipe to put it on my blog. So here it goes…
Sometimes you just have one of those days where you deserve a treat….I have them often.
For those of you that don’t know me, I am a huge klutz. Last week alone I managed to somehow allow my latte to explode in the microwave (yup, 16oz of latte over the entire microwave). I also, somehow, plunked the large chunk of daikon I was munching on straight into my roommates glass of orange juice ( I could not have aimed that good if I tried), then I spilled my pricy truffle salt all over my kitchen counter, and topped off the week by tripping over my sweat towel I dropped on the treadmill…while I was running!
So, these delicious fudgy brownies where a much needed treat!
There is no flour in these brownies (hence they are gluten free), they are purely bean based (almost 1/4 cup per brownie)! But don’t let that discourage you, no one would ever be able to guess it was beans in them. I love bringing these little gems to potlucks and getting people to try and guess the secret ingredient. No one has guessed it yet! I even made these brownies for over 50 kids at camp last summer and they all loved them!
**These brownies are the best eaten straight out of the fridge a day or two after baking, they get nice and fudgy that way (and hold together better). They also freeze really well!**
I made them for my roommate and her boyfriend topped with a dark chocolate, peanut butter, tofu mousse — although I advised my roomie not to tell her boyfriend he was eating a bean brownie topped with tofu ;) — they both LOVED IT!
Gold Star nutrient: Manganese, black beans are a great source of this mineral. Manganese helps our bodies break down carbs and fat and also helps us build strong bones and teeth
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed & drained (about 1 & ¾ cups)
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons oil (I use canola of olive oil)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder (Fry's or Hershey's)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1-2 teaspoon instant coffee
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
- Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and just starting to crack (look close), about 30 minutes. Don't over cook them!
Take these to your next potluck and see if anyone can guess the secret ingredient! Let me know if they guess it right or what you think of these brownies by commenting below! I love to hear from you :)
Happy Family Day everyone!