Are you dreaming about a butter slathered, meat abundant, sugar loaded Thanksgiving?
Am I also dreaming of it even though I am living in America’s hat? Well I don’t see why I can’t have another Thanksgiving when I am seeing so many fantastic recipes that make me want to eat the world.
(That is not what he said..)
But can we not have things both ways? Can we not feel like we are indulging in something completely sinful while still being somewhat healthy?
Well my friends, that is where this recipe comes in.
Now as anyone who knows me, or my blog might guess, I am not one to skimp on the dessert. I will put all the butter, sugar and oreos into most things I bake. But these brownies? They have it all without having it all, if you know what I mean. Without all the butter, or sugar, or..oreos that I am so used to throwing into my baking.
But now that I think of it…oreos sound pretty good in brownies…
Even though this is my first black bean baking recipe on my blog, it is not the first black bean baking recipe that I have made. I made a black bean cake years ago in my old home for my dad and sister. I didn’t tell them what was in it, but my sister thought it was one of the best cakes I have ever made.
If you are weirded out about black beans in a brownie, I am telling you. DON’T BE! No one will know the secret ingredient. They will only know how delicious it is when they take their first bite. Trust me. I taste tested this recipe on my boyfriend, who might be the pickiest person on the planet, and he really liked it. He thought it kind of tasted like a rum ball, but better. Which is why it was gone within a day.
I mean it’s all about balance. Have your butter and turkey, and finish it off with some delicious black bean brownies.
And the best part about this recipe is that it’s so easy. Plop ingredients into food processor, mix in chocolate chips, pour into pan, bake in oven… boom. Done. The most effort that you’ll need to make this is getting the ingredients from your cupboards.
It’s a treat that keeps on giving.
Black Bean Brownies
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups black beans (or 1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- optional: more chips, for presentation
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.
- Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour into the prepared baking pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.
- Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.