Black bean brownies

HOMEMADE BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

Black beans have a lot of health benefits and they can be added to so many recipes. Today I made black bean brownies for my mum’s birthday (tomorrow). I tweaked the recipe from Every Food Fits and they turned out delicious. They’re really easy to make, says an amateur cook (ME).

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • An 8 X 8-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray
  • Food processor or similar device
  • 1- 15 oz. can of black beans
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • a pinch of salt
OPTIONAL:
  • chocolate chip morsels
  • chocolate syrup
  • nuts (I added walnuts. Mum’s favorite in brownies.)

I sort of went crazy with the chocolate (cocoa, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup) and the brownies weren’t over sweetened. I definitely suggest adding in the extra chocolate, you deserve a treat! I used approximately 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Drain and rinse canned beans.
  2. Add beans to the food processor bowl and process. (The original instructions say to process until “smooth and creamy,” but even after processing for a few minutes, my beans were not smooth or creamy. So, don’t panic if they aren’t. They will get to that point once you add in more ingredients.)
  3. Add eggs, canola oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, baking powder, flour and salt into the processor bowl. Now blend until “smooth and creamy.”
  4.  You might want to preheat the oven to 350°F at this point.
  5. Add chocolate chips and nuts into the mixture. Pulse for a few times to break the food up.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on the top, if you’d like. IF YOU’VE DONE EVERYTHING CORRECTLY UP TO THIS POINT, YOUR BROWNIES WILL PROBABLY LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center, if it comes out clean, it’s ready. If not, let it cook a little bit longer. (My brownies took about 35 minutes to cook.)
  8. Remove the brownies and allow them to cool before slicing.

ENJOY!

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