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)
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.
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.
4. Add the cocoa and the chia seeds – blend again.
5. Spread the mixture into a lightly oiled (buttered) 8X8 baking dish.
6. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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.