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Black Bean Brownies

Black bean brownies are so simple and easy to make, with a few ingredients and a few quick pulses in a food processor.

They are fudgey and delicious, just like a regular brownie. Except these black bean brownies are a gluten free and healthy dessert option.

 

Below you can see the transformation of the black beans, to creamy black beans with the addition of the eggs, coconut oil and butter. Then to a creamy brownie mixture, with the addition of the cocoa and desired sweeteners.

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I use mini muffin trays to make the black bean brownies for special occasions and birthday parties. I leave some plain, or with some high quality dark chocolate chips, and top some with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting.

For my son’s birthday party, I made three different sized circles with the black bean brownies and made a snowman with the cream cheese frosting.

Spoon some natural peanut butter in and swirl around with a knife, for delicious Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies.

You can also try using the black bean brownie mixture as a base or “crust” for a cheesecake. Like in my award winning (meaning family award winning and highly requested, LOL!) Peanut Butter Cheesecake on Black Bean Brownie crust.

Simply bake the brownie mixture in a greased springform pan and leave slightly under baked. Add cheesecake mixture and bake again accordingly. Or better yet, use a no-bake cheesecake recipe and cook the base thoroughly beforehand. No bake cheesecakes simply leave out the eggs.

Super delicious healthy brownies made with black beans! Gluten free and delicious!

Black Bean Brownies

These Black Bean Brownies quickly became my go-to for parties and special events. I just love treats that utilize a secret special ingredient. Often I will just let people try them before telling them what they're made with. Shock and amazement is usually the reaction I get, followed by a request for the recipe. The coconut oil adds a nice flavour and offers a healthier alternative to other oils often used in baking. This is one simple switch that is easy in baking. Use coconut oil in any muffin recipe that calls for canola or vegetable oil. I go through A LOT of coconut oil, like Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

Like any health or food "craze", it becomes popular and then comes under scrutiny. The same thing is happening with coconut oil it seems. Some are saying that because it is a high (healthy) fat oil, it can be worse for some people...namely, those who already have pre-existing heart conditions. Well, guess what? Years of poor diet and lack of healthy habits leads to clogged arteries...not just a bit of coconut oil. 

Try using Stevia in place of sugars, for an even healthier version!

I stand by my love for coconut oil as a healthier alternative. Here's just one great health and science based article I found discussing coconut oil. And another article from Real Time Mom, sharing some surprisingly useful ways to use coconut oil. I've used it for ALL of the reasons listed!

This is my current fav food processor. Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor

 1 can of Black Beans, no salt added, rinsed and drained
 2 Eggs
 ½ cup melted coconut oil
  cup melted butter (optional)
 ½ cup cocoa powder
 1 tsp real vanilla or vanilla bean
 ¼ cup real maple syrup (or other sweetener, honey, agave, brown sugar)
 ¼ cup Stevia (granulated, or Stevia/Erythritol granulated)
 ¼ tsp Sea Salt
 2 tsp baking powder
 ¼ cup chocolate chips (or alternative like dark chocolate pieces)

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This recipe is super easy, as you can simply blend all of the ingredients in a food processor. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease mini muffin tray or 8x8 square with butter. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Spoon or pour into baking trays. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Or mix them right in. Turn them into cupcakes with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting. Bake until set or toothpick comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes for mini muffins, 25-30 minutes for a square pan.

black bean brownies

 

Ingredients

 1 can of Black Beans, no salt added, rinsed and drained
 2 Eggs
 ½ cup melted coconut oil
  cup melted butter (optional)
 ½ cup cocoa powder
 1 tsp real vanilla or vanilla bean
 ¼ cup real maple syrup (or other sweetener, honey, agave, brown sugar)
 ¼ cup Stevia (granulated, or Stevia/Erythritol granulated)
 ¼ tsp Sea Salt
 2 tsp baking powder
 ¼ cup chocolate chips (or alternative like dark chocolate pieces)

Directions

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This recipe is super easy, as you can simply blend all of the ingredients in a food processor. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease mini muffin tray or 8x8 square with butter. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Spoon or pour into baking trays. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Or mix them right in. Turn them into cupcakes with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting. Bake until set or toothpick comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes for mini muffins, 25-30 minutes for a square pan.

black bean brownies

Black Bean Brownies