Saturday, May 28, 2011

GCC Recipe Swap

Here it is Saturday and I just realized I forgot to put up the recipe swap for this week! So here's my contribution.

A few days ago I tried something really weird. I kept hearing about using black beans in baking, specifically brownies. My real hope was that I would switch them out, not tell the kids, and get an honest taste test from them. It worked! The only comments I got were that they preferred milk chocolate brownies over dark chocolate, which is what these ended up tasting like. They had no idea that these were made with high protein, high fiber black beans!

(insert maniacal laughter here)

So after researching recipes and different comments from people who made them, here is my version of a black bean brownie. For a more milk chocolate version, just increase the sugar by 1/2 a cup. Whatever you do, don't tell anyone what's in them. Just see if they notice.

Sneaky Black Bean Brownies

  • 1 15 oz can drained and rinsed black beans (I used1 3/4 cups dried beans that I had soaked and cooked myself)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (makes the chocolate taste richer)
Optional: For a cake like brownie add 1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Place black beans in food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, coffee and salt and process until smooth. (add flour here if desired). Add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and pulse leaving chunks. Pour into pan and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips. Bake 30 minutes or until edges start to pull away from pan and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool and slice. Don't overcook.

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Johnlyn ~ Frugality and Homemaking said...

Unfortunately my family could tell when I tried black bean brownies - they ended up in the garbage.

However, my recipe was totally different than this.

I will have to give this a shot. Maybe I gave up too soon!

Jackie said...

Have you ever tried slicing your brownies with a plastic knife? It helps avoid the gooey mess that usually sticks to a metal knife.

Will definitely have to try these out!

Carol@easytobeglutenfree said...

I've always wondered how these were. Sounds like I will have to give them a try. And I like that you can leave out the flour so they are gluten free. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Save me one, I want to taste these, you are so sneaky! MOM

Kim said...

Can't wait to try these!!! Justification at its finest! :)

Annie said...

I love it! I've had these before but never made them myself.

I did, however, make a dark chocolate sauerkraut cake a while back. Yep - fermented cabbage in my cake! Everyone loved it , and it was super moist. But, that vinegar and garlic smell in the kitchen (not the cake) gives me away every time....

Let me know if you'd like the recipe.

buy and sell philippines said...

This an awesome snacks my kids gonna love this I have to try this one.

CherubMamma said...

I made these for my family today. After hearing some horrible reviews on other black bean brownie recipes I was a little leery. However, these are DELICIOUS!!! I will be making them again for sure!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made them today and they were a hit! I only told everyone that they were healthy but didn't say how. No one said anything other than "delicious!"

Robert said...

I keep two jars in my freezer of left over bits of any veggie we do not finish ever month I make a batch of Veggie Soup. The Tomato sauce and the pure veggies make this an item my hubby can eat on his gluten free diet he looks forward to it for lunches. I am always amazed at how little bits that I would have throw out years ago equals his lunch for four days of the week. Plus, the kids eat some of the soup as well.

purabi naha said...

Black bean as an ingredient for dessert is not quite welcoming in my family. However, this black bean dessert gives me a strong hope. Shall try this one, as this looks fantastic!

Frugal MommaB said...

I will have to try this! Anything to get the kids to eat a bit healthier :D

Sunny Simple Life said...

I will have to try this brownie recipe for sure.