Does that photo above look like a lower calorie, lower fat, lower carb, gluten free, "healthy" treat?
It does not.
It looks like a delicious, chocolatey brownie.
Which it is.
It is ALSO all of those healthified things. Weeeeeeeird, right?
The secret is black beans, in case you didn't guess that from the title. This is one of those recipes you have to try to believe. The taste is really good, very chocolatey. The texture is good but it is a little more cake-brownie than it is brownie-brownie. So, as long as you are not expecting a really dense, fudgey brownie you won't be disappointed.
Black Bean Brownies
(Adapted from a recipe by Frances Budney, Saskatoon, Sk.)
19 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 X 9 pan with parchment paper, spray lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
Place all ingredients, except for pecans, into a blender (or food processor).
Process until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Sprinkle with the finely chopped pecans.
Bake at 350 until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, about 20 - 25 minutes.
Let cool in pan before running a knife around the edge to loosen and using the parchment paper "handles" to lift out of pan and cut.
I made mine in a 9 X 9 pan because I wanted it a bit thinner. If you are looking for a thicker brownie then bake it in an 8 X 8 pan. You will probably have to increase your cooking time by about 10 minutes or so.
In case you were curious about the nutritional counts (using Myfitnesspal):
1/16th of the recipe is - 94 calories, 9 carbs, 4 fat, and 4 protein.
For a "regular" brownie the same size, it is - 270 calories, 43 carbs, 11 fat, and 2.7 protein.
I love that you just throw everything into the blender. It doesn't get much easier than that.
You definitely want to make sure you process it until the black beans are smooth though. I don't imagine it would be to good to get a chunk of bean in your brownie.
Don't miss out on tons of fantastic links. Visit Ms. enPlace, Jam Hands, Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons, and The Velvet Moon Baker and Feeding Big and Memories By The Mile.