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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Black Bean Brownies


I love these brownies. They may have a little different texture than you are used to, but you can not taste the black beans at all.
There is absolutely no flour in these brownies, which makes them gluten free.

You will need an 8" square pan, greased
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 Celsius
You will also need a food processor for mixing.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup dry black beans
water, for cooking the beans
3 eggs
1/3 cup melted organic, virgin coconut oil OR butter
1/4 heaping cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Rinse the black beans and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover with lid left ajar and took until beans are soft. This takes about an hour to an hour and a half.
When done, drain. You should have 1-1/2 cups cooked beans. If you have more than that, set those aside for something else.
Put the blade in your food processor. Add the drained beans. Or you can drain and rinse a 15 oz. can of black beans and add those to the food processor bowl.
Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil ,eggs, vanilla extract, and sugar.
Put the cover on the processor and turn on, blending until smooth.
Take off the lid and stir in the chocolate chips.
Scrape the batter into the greased pan and spread evenly.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the brownies test done when poked with toothpick.
They may just start to pull away from the sides.
Take out of oven and let cool.

I usually get 16 brownies out of a pan. They are pretty filling.

I like coconut oil better in these brownies. However, butter is more economical and tastes pretty good too.

14 comments:

  1. What? I just made a pan of brownies and I thought I was being clever by using applesauce in place of vegetable oil... black beans instead of flour? I am amazed. Since I am trying to learn to cook (yes, I used a boxed package to make my brownies) I look forward to your C-Z posts. Keep impressing me. :)

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    1. April, your brownies sound good to me. I will do my best.

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  2. WOW - I'm stoked to try this. Since I'm taking a break from my best friend, Wheat, I think this will do the trick for satisfying my sweet tooth!

    See...I knew you being in this A-Z was a benefit to me! (yup...I knew it!) :) :)


    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. Jenny, you are lucky that I had pictures banked or this wouldn't be here.
      My daughter even loves these.

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  3. Mmmm. This looks yummy for sure!
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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    1. Thank you, Dani. They are pretty tasty.

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  4. These look really good! I made black bean brownies a few years ago but the recipe was different and not very good. I will try these. Thanks for the coconut oil tip! :)

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    1. Jennifer, these are the first ones I've tried. I have heard from other people that some recipes aren't very good.

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  5. I don't live gluten free, but have a girlfriend who does. I'll be sure to pass this along!! Happy A to Z blogging!

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    1. sotetangyal, my daughter loves her wheat, but thinks these are awesome. Happy A-Z!

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  6. THESE REALLY SUPRISED ME WHEN I TRIED THEM! YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW BEANS WERE IN THEM! REALLY GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU! GIVE THEM A TRY!

    LON

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  7. I can't believe how amazingly good these brownies were! I went the easy way and used canned beans and butter. I'll be making them again tomorrow and remember to take some pictures so I can link to your post. The first time I heard of black bean brownies was from easy recommended recipes for people with MS but they just added black beans to a boxed brownie mix. I'll definitely be trying more of your recipes.

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    1. Donna, I am glad you like them. Thanks for letting me know!
      That's sweet of you to link to my post.

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