Have you tried black bean brownies yet? If you think the idea sounds disgusting…I can totally understand and relate! I first attempted black bean brownies shortly after we transitioned to real food, just for the ‘idea of it,’ really. And they were okay. And then I made a popular blogger’s version…and they were better, but I could still taste the black beans. I kind of gave up on the idea of making them again, however, one of my readers (Hi, Valerie!) emailed me to say how much her family loved a new brownie recipe she had tried recently. She said no one could taste the black beans and she thought I would like to try them! Well, it took me a couple of weeks to getting around to it, but I am SO glad that I did! These brownies are awesome! Yes, they have a different texture from regular flour-filled brownies, but I honestly cannot taste the black beans…at all. And my kids love them, too! Seriously, my daughter ate three ‘for dessert’ and each of my boys ate two. (I also ate two right away!)
These brownies also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free…but still kid-approved!!
I’ve recently started avoiding gluten (mostly as a test), so this recipe is perfect for me. I can indulge in a baked good without the wheat flour. I have yet to decide if this is something that I’ll stick with in the long run, but for now, I’m giving it a go. I really hope you will try this recipe!
Black Bean Brownies
(Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
- 15 oz can organic black beans (drained, rinsed, and dried on paper towels)
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup gluten-free quick cooking oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 2/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until very smooth. (I needed to scrape down the sides once.) Pulse in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 8 x 8″ pan (I used my Misto filled with olive oil). Cook for about 25 minutes and then let cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy!
I seriously think you need to try these! And if you do, please comment below with how you liked them. I was super impressed! They are very rich and fudgy, but I really enjoyed them. And if all three of my kids ask for seconds (each day we had them), you know that’s a really good sign!
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