I love to bake, I love trying new recipes, and I pride myself in adding a "touch of healthy" to the things I make. I can't count how many times I've said the phrase "Pretty good huh? You'll never guess what's in it." But when I heard about this recipe on Dr.Oz I really didn't believe it. Black Bean Brownies. Seriously??? Never, in a million years would I have thought about putting beans in brownies. I had to try this recipe. It's not completely healthy, I'll be honest. There is still almost a cup of sugar in an 8X8 pan but at least it's not all empty calories. The beans add a nice fiber and protein punch so eating one pretty much does the trick, your not as tempted to go back for more. So...were they good? They really did tasted like brownies. Jarrod even liked them. And he was way skeptical. Needless to say, this recipe will probably be added to my box.
I learned two things from making this recipe. 1: Do not, I repeat, do not substitute olive oil for canola/vegetable oil in your baking. Olive oil has a flavor that definitely comes through and is NOT tasty in baked goods. Now, I knew this beforehand but I told myself it wouldn't matter "just this one time." I don't know why I do this, but I ran out of veg oil and didn't feel like going to the store so talked myself into believing it. I made a second batch, after making a trip to the store =) Lesson #2: A yummy ganache can make almost anything taste good. I kept the first batch and layered it with a thick coating of homemade ganache. I had it for breakfast this morning. So here's the recipe. If you know of any off-the-wall recipes, please pass them on. I'm dying for a new one.
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- a pinch salt
Preheat oven to 350* F.
Pour drained beans into a blender, set on puree and blend until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until evenly mixed.
Pour bean mixture into a greased 8 by 8 pan. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.