Black Bean Brownies

You read that right, we're making brownies using black BEANS! It sounds crazy, but trust me, it works. 

This crazy ingredient lends a great texture to the brownies without needing to add  a ton of butter or oil that traditional brownies call for. In addition, black beans provide a great source of fiber and protein. This is a dessert you don't have to feel guilty indulging in! 

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100 grams pumpkin puree (just under 1/2 cup)
  • 6 tbs cream cheese (can use fat free or vegan)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 125 grams egg whites (or about 5 egg whites)
  • 40 grams oat flour (or 1/2 cup oats ground up in a blender/food processor)
  • 1 1/2 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs maple syrup (can use sugar free)
  • 1/2 square unsweetened bakers chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 6 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • sugar or sugar substitute to taste, depending on how dark you like your brownies
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp almond extract (can use vanilla)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or more to taste)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a large glass baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a food processor or blender combine all ingredients (except for baking powder, soda and chocolate chips) until well combined
  3. Once combined, add baking soda and baking powder. Blend for just a few pulses.
  4. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into prepared dish and bake for about 30 minutes. They will still be slightly soft and fudgey.
  6. Allow to cool and serve!

I personally love mine slightly warmed up with a healthy drizzle of peanut butter on top ;)

~Mandy