BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

walnuts, black beans, brownies, chocolate

walnuts, black beans, brownies, chocolate

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I've seen all sorts of recipes going around the internet for brownies made with healthier ingredients.  Some with avocado (I've tried, and YUM), some without any sugar, others without flour, etc.  Today I am sharing a recipe for brownies made with black beans.  Yes, beans!

Usually when I make something new in the kitchen, I generally have a good feel with how it will turn out.  Mainly because I have made or tried something similar, or I am familiar with the flavors.  Well, when it came to these black bean brownies, I had no clue how they would turn out.  Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised!

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Black Bean Brownies, serves 12

1 15 oz. can of black beans (about 1 1/2 c.), drained and rinsed 2 eggs 1/2 raw cocoa powder 1/4 c. raw sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped 1/4 c. cacao nibs or semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional + not pictured

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Start by adding all ingredients except walnuts and chocolate nibs/chips to a food processor or blender.  You could do this by hand, but it would take a lot longer to mash the beans.  This is a very simple way to do it.  As you can see in the photo above, the mixture looks very similar to that of regular brownies.

Once mixed, I placed mine individually in a muffin tin lightly greased with coconut oil.  Top with walnuts and/or chocolate nibs/chips and bake for about 12-15 minutes at 350°.

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The first time I made them they were good, but not very sweet (I didn't use dark chocolate chips).  The second time I did, and oh my gosh, these were some of the best brownies I've ever had.  They were moist, and in between a cake and brownie consistency (which I love).  I was definitely pleased with how they turned out!  Yum!

xo.  Jen