Secret Ingredient Brownies

If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been eating clean and following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan since January.  I absolutely love baking but I find it hard to avoid the temptation of delectable sweets in my house. But I really wanted something ooey, gooey and chocolatey this weekend. I recently discovered Chocolate Covered Katie who believes in eating chocolate everyday.  I decided I would give her number one recipe a test, even though one of the main ingredients seemed to be a really odd fit…. black beans.  In a dessert.  Really!

And surprise, surprise, they are AWESOME!  I know, it sounds crazy. But they are really delicious.  Of course they don’t taste as sweet and delectable as full sugar, white flour, full butter, whole milk, milk chocolate brownies that we know and love.  But those brownies also don’t love us.

So next time you want a chocolate treat, give these a try!  Share this with your friends to enjoy too!

Black Bean Brownies (adapted from the original recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Black Bean Brownies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies.

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