Chocolate Black Bean Coffee Brownies.

You put WHAT in these brownies?  Black beans!  Yes, sounds oh so NOT appetizing but the beans replace the flour (hello gluten free) AND add a ton of protein with less carbs.  I promise you, you will NOT detect the beans at all.  In fact, my youngest daughter, who by far is the pickiest of eaters, LOVED these!  Much to my chagrin!

Ingredients:

1 15.5 ounce can of low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup of fine cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3/4 cup of sugar *
1 teaspoon of ground coffee
1/2 cup of white and dark chocolate chips (optional)

*If using straight Truvia – use 4 tablespoons + 2 tsp.  If mixing Truvia with regular granulated sugar – 1/4 cup Truvia + 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.  Or you can use granulated sugar at 3/4 cup.  

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your 8×8 or 9×9 glass pan with non stick baking spray with flour and set aside.  In your food processor, blend all of the ingredients through the ground coffee. Blend for around 1 minute.  The mixture will be creamy.  Pour into the prepared pan.  Add your toppings (chocolate chips etc.) to the top and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool completely.  Slice and enjoy!

 

— Knead to Cook

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12 Comments

  1. Um…um…OK… um…. these look AMAZING. I dont even know what to do with myself here because theres a great way to sneak beans into my husbands diet (im not even going to tell him they’re in there, God love him), and theres coffee and oh my… well Im just going to have to pin these, share them on FB and make them this week. You rock, thanks!

  2. My son is allergic to eggs. Have you tried this recipe using something else instead of the eggs? Do you know how that might alter the cooking time and/or texture if I did that?

    1. I haven’t. Do you typically use an egg substitute when baking for him? I’m happy to try it and test it out for you. Robin

  3. Hi, I’m a lunch aid/teacher at my local ele. school and see a lot of waste there every day, esp. beans. I am tired of seeing those BIG pans of black beans being thrown away because the kids just won’t take them.
    So, told them about the brownies (they had never heard of them before!) So, the head kitchen lady gave me a tub to take home on Friday to use.
    Did experiments cooking up different recipes for bl. bean brownies this past weekend, to find the easiest and best tasting one, to use to try to convince the ladies in the school kitchen to give them a try.
    Brought these up and they loved them. They couldn’t believe that they were beans, and no flour. I hope they can get approval to make them for the kids, who I’m sure will gobble them up, not knowing of the protein they are getting in their getting in their dessert.
    These are delisious!! I used an instant Italian Dark Roast coffee (I love coffee) and love the flavor it has.

    1. De, You made me cry!!! This post was simply the best thing I’ve read. I totally agree with you that kids avoid beans and anything nutritious. Please please please keep me posted!!! I’m so excited and thankful for you! oxoxo Robin

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