Friday recipe: black bean brownies

September 24, 2010 —

You can’t go wrong with fudge brownies, but I’m intrigued by the secret ingredient in this recipe: black beans. I love hiding healthy ingredients in recipes (like spinach in the green monster smoothie) and more importantly, they keep the brownies low-fat. I’m sure you can’t even taste them.

What’s your favorite recipe substitute?

Black bean brownies

1 (15-ounce) can unseasoned black beans (rinsed and drained)
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon light butter
6 egg whites
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9X13 pan with nonstick vegetable spray.
  2. Place the chocolate and light butter in a small microwaveable bowl.  Microwave for 60-90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  3. In a food processor or blender add the drained beans and 2 egg whites.
  4. In a large bowl combine the bean puree, sugar, flour, espresso powder, and the remaining egg whites. With an electric mixer, beat until well combined.  Mix in the melted chocolate.
  5. Pour the brownie mixture into a prepared pan.  Sprinkle the walnuts on top of the brownie batter.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the brownie pulls away from the sides of the pan.

Andrea Cooley gets paid to post on Facebook and Twitter (among other things) to promote Des Moines University to prospective students. She is a Midwest girl at heart, but loves to travel around the country visiting friends and family. If Des Moines had mountains or an ocean she’d never leave. Before joining the DMU marketing team, she was an editor for Country Home magazine. She’s still a little obsessed with magazines, so if you want to talk about decorating, remodeling or gardening projects she’s your go-to girl.

Comments

  • http://tax-sale-property.com Info

    Um…. wow. That sounds delicious. I’m betting the texture of those babies is to die for.

    Saw you say “I’m sure you can’t even taste them…” Any report on that yet?? :)

  • http://tax-sale-property.com Info

    Um…. wow. That sounds delicious. I’m betting the texture of those babies is to die for.

    Saw you say “I’m sure you can’t even taste them…” Any report on that yet?? :)

  • http://www.mioot.com live chat

    Andrea, what is the calorie value of this black bean brownies recipe ? I think it may be good for kids and not for adult those are in diet ;)

    Any how I will try once .

  • http://www.mioot.com live chat

    Andrea, what is the calorie value of this black bean brownies recipe ? I think it may be good for kids and not for adult those are in diet ;)

    Any how I will try once .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34000558 Andrea Schmidt Cooley

    I’ve tried them now and they’re delicious! If you cut them small (six rows by five) there are 110 per brownie. Not bad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34000558 Andrea Schmidt Cooley

    I’ve tried them now and they’re delicious! If you cut them small (six rows by five) there are 110 per brownie. Not bad!

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    Black beans and chocolate, mmmm I am not too sure!!!

  • http://www.booksonaudio.net Audio Book

    Black beans and chocolate, mmmm I am not too sure!!!

  • http://www.catillnesseshq.com Cat Illnesses

    Very interesting recipe Andrea. They don’t sound very appetizing in my opinion, but I might have to try them once to see if they taste good. If so, it’ll be great to add a delicious dessert to my repertoire that is low in fat and full of protein.

  • http://www.catillnesseshq.com Cat Illnesses

    Very interesting recipe Andrea. They don’t sound very appetizing in my opinion, but I might have to try them once to see if they taste good. If so, it’ll be great to add a delicious dessert to my repertoire that is low in fat and full of protein.

  • Adrian

    The better the chocolate (for example Swiss chocolate) the less you’ll taste the beans.

  • Adrian

    The better the chocolate (for example Swiss chocolate) the less you’ll taste the beans.