Monday, February 11, 2013

Black Bean Brownies

Yes, you read that correctly. I just made some black bean brownies. Wait! Before you gag, remember what mom always said: "Don't knock it until you try it!" I was skeptical myself, but I love the idea of a higher-protein/grain/gluten free sweet treat, so whipped up some. And you know what? They're pretty tasty! Not as good as my sister's brownies, but they are healthier.

There are lots of recipe variations online, and I'll continue to tweak mine, but here's how I made mine today.


Black Bean Brownies a la Kristin

  • about 2 cups of black beans, drained (I used home cooked, no salt added, but you could used canned. If you're using salted I would highly recommend draining and rinsing them well.)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (I'm going to try dates next time. Probably about 6-7 dates)
  • 5 heaping tablespoons of Starbucks cocoa powder (which has sugar in it)
  • 1/4 cup of almond meal (I may use a nut butter next time.)
  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • Turn the oven on to 350*. 
  • Grease, spray, or butter an 8x8 baking pan
  • Mix all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until well blended. (I heart my food processor but a blender would work if you don't have one.)
  • taste and adjust if needed. (I've made chipotle-sea salt topped brownies in the past. Might have to try adding a bit of spice next time…)
  • Pour batter into pan
  • Bake for about 30 minutes.
  • Cool and eat!
  • Yumm!
The general consensus is these are really good. Some of the recipes around the inner tubes say they come out kind of fudgy. Mine weren't. I think it's because I used more beans than called for and added the almond meal. So I'll be playing with the recipe a bit, but honestly, I was so excited to tell you I posted it ASAP. Plus it's been a really long time since I talked food and recipes.

Nutritional info based on 16 servings (approximately): 165 calories, 4.8 g fat, 23.6 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 8.6 g protein

OK, gotta go keep the family from eating them all so I have a few to share with the pilates class tonight. Yay! Pilates! 

Have you ever tried something like this? Have a favorite recipe to share or tips? Do tell!


Anonymous said...

Hey Kristin, what's your guestimate of how much sugar to add if you're using baking cocoa powder (no sugar in it)? I already have some for a different recipe. Thanks.

Trainer, Crafter, Kristin said...

The recipes around online call for 3/4 cup of sugar. some folks have used agave or even maple syrup. Like I said, I'm going to try dates--or maybe even prunes--next time. Let me know what you come up with.

Anonymous said...

I recommend mixing in a little medicinal MJ as a mood booster.

But, I'd avoid beans before pilates. :-)

Judith said...

Judith says - I got to taste these at Pilates class.
They are very good - and look at all the protein in them. So healthy you can eat 2 (except for the calories).

Trainer, Crafter, Kristin said...

actually Judith, I cut the ones tonight smaller than a 16th, so you could have more than one! ;-)
Glad you liked them.

Trainer, Crafter, Kristin said...

I told the class they were secret brownies, not magic ones, so no MJ mood enhancers. And we we ate them *after* class.

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