Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Sweet and chewy gluten-free brownies made with black beans (but you'd never know it from the taste)! So simple and amazingly delicious!
2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup melted butter*
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup honey)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor bowl or blender, combine the black beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar. Pulse or blend until smooth (or as smooth as possible).
2. Grease an 8x8-inch glass baking dish. Pour the batter into the greased dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts (if using) over the top and use a spatula to push them down into the batter just a little (but not too much; they will sink some while the brownies bake).
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until brownies are set in the middle. Watch the edges for excess browning if you're not sure they're done. (Mine seem to take a full 50 minutes, and are still chewy but not gooey.)
Cool and then chill before serving! Store in fridge.
The black bean brownies, before being baked
*If you use unsalted beans and unsalted butter, add 1/8 teaspoon salt to this recipe.
I adapted this recipe from Healthy Grain Free Brownies on Donielle's blog, Naturally Knocked Up. Photos and instructions are my own.
To say that we like these brownies is an understatement. Our family, and anyone who has tried them, loves them!
I made several batches to test sugar amounts (and honey substitution), and all were devoured! In fact, I think I made these four times before they lasted long enough for me to get a picture!
If you ever need a gluten-free dessert, if you love cooking with beans, or if you just want a new quick-and-easy brownie recipe, try these Fudgy Black Bean Brownies! You won't be disappointed! :)