Black Bean Brownies

By Christina Collins

Lets just face it together. Low cal and fat free foods are not as good as the ‘real’ thing. It’s sad, but true. Fat tastes good. This is a problem for me since my life motto is that every bite should be the best bite.  I rarely alter anything to make it low fat. Instead, I just cook with fresh, lean ingredients and avoid high fat food. (most of the time!) But these brownies are so good for something that are so modified, that even I can’t deny that this is a great way to treat yourself to a sweet treat and not feel the least bit guilty!

I have been making this recipe for a few years now and I always trick everyone! I love watching people’s faces when I tell them it’s a brownie made out of black beans! The consistency is more similar a cake style brownie than the fudgy type, but considering it’s made from egg whites and black beans, I can live with it. Trust me- you can too.

Black Bean Brownies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz. can of organic black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup self rising flour *see Feaster's note
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons good quality vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons Nestle's mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
For Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 

  2. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and process until smooth, occasionally scraping the sides of the processor. 

  3. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spoon. Pour into the baking dish and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.

  4. Cool completely and ice with cream cheese frostings or a light sprinkle of confectionary sugar. 

For Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Combine 4 oz cream cheese, a 1/2 tsp vanilla and 2 tablespoons confectionary sugar and process until smooth. Tweak to taste.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have any self rising flour, just make your own. 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/5 teaspoons baking powder Stir or sift together the flour, salt and baking powder

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