Brownies Made With Black Beans

I was sent this recipe from a friend and after the success and many asks for my chocolate cake made with garbanzo beans – figured I had to try this one.  Wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out – since brownies are so wonderfully delicious already – should one really try to make it healthier and delicious?  Sometimes you just need a truly “bad” treat – but oh so good….

Black Bean Brownies (original recipe from Dr. Furhman’s site)

BB brownie served


2 cans organic black beans, rinsed and drained
10 pitted medjool dates or 1 1/4 cup domestic dates (I used medjool – they are wonderful)
2 Tbl raw almond butter (I was out so I used cashew butter)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbl ground chia seeds

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

2. Combine the black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high powered blender – blend until smooth.

BB brownie datesBB brownie beans peanut butter

3. I could not get it to blend smooth, so I added a little bit of honey and that worked wonders – about 1/8 of a cup.

BB brownie mixed

4. Add the cocoa and the chia seeds – blend again.

BB brownie chiaBB brownie cacao

5.  Spread the mixture into a lightly oiled (buttered) 8X8 baking dish.

BB brownie ready for oven

6. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.  Cool completely before cutting into squares.

BB brownie out of oven

The original recipe also had ingredients for a topping, which I did not make.  These were good and many of the kids and the BBQ that I brought these too enjoyed them.  I think if I was going to make them again I would melt some chocolate chips and add to the mixture that would also help with the moisture problem that I used honey to fix.  I did not get a taste of the black beans, but you could tell there was something different in the recipe than your regular brownie recipe.  I would recommend these.

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3 Responses to Brownies Made With Black Beans

  1. Don’t get me wrong, I like Black Beans. BUT, not sure I want them in my brownies !

    • simply0637 says:

      Yes – I had to get past that too! But I make a chocolate cake with garbanzo beans and that is delicious – so figured why not!

  2. Candace says:

    This recipe has NO sugar so it’s definitely worth working with to get the texture and taste just right. They certainly seem powerfully nutritious!! Maybe chocolate chips melted on top? : )

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