The first time I saw a recipe for them was at All Recipes and then saw a different version at Meal Makeover Moms. I made several different versions of them and then tweeked it to get the recipe I give below.
I typically use semi-sweet chips, but this time I went with some white chocolate ones. I also add a little prepared coffee (left over from breakfast) to bring out the chocolate flavor and add some flax seed just to give it some Omega-3s. Both of those are optional. Also, we like nuts in our brownies, so I put either chopped pecans or walnuts in, but again that is optional if you are not a nut lover or have someone with an allergy issue in your family.
- 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained very well
- 3 eggs (organic is great and pastured is even better)
- 3 Tbsp peanut or coconut oil (or whatever vegetable oil you prefer)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1.5 tsp aluminum-free baking powder (Rumford is one option)
- 1 tsp real vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar OR 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp prepared coffee (optional)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8” x 8” baking pan; I use my MISTO oil sprayer. In a food processor, process black beans until smooth. Add the eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, and sugar, and process until smooth. Add half of the chocolate chips, and pulse a few times or stir, so that the chips are mixed in. Stir in chopped nuts, if using. Transfer the batter to the baking pan, and sprinkle the remaining chips on top of the brownies. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean; check during the last 5 minutes so they don’t burn. When cool, cut into squares.
I ran the recipe through the Calorie Count Recipe Analyzer assuming the generous 2″x2″ square serving and these are the nutritional results below. The downside is that it is high in sugar, but not really compared to other desserts. On the upside, it is high in fiber and protein and low in sodium.
Plus, they are yummy and very chocolatey. I have seen a recipe online for garbanzo-bean blondies, so we may be trying those soon.