|Black Bean Brownies|
These are so cool. My 5 year old daughter watched this morning as I blended up the beans in my magic bullet and asked what they were and what I was making. Trust me, she was not very excited when I told her black bean brownies and adamantly refused to eat them later. I halfway convinced her that they would not taste like beans at all, but would be chocolate brownies that I was pretty sure she would like.
Fast forward a couple of hours and the brownies are cooling on the counter and the whole house smells like chocolate. I bring a sample over to her at the couch and she eats it without thinking and says, "yummy." I give a bite to her brother, who has a slightly more developed palate, and he politely asks what is in them, fully aware that I am always making something somewhat odd... His sister tells him "beans!"... so she did remember, and is now asking for more. Awesome.
Of course these are still a dessert since they have sugar and oil in them, but they also have a lot of healthful ingredients in addition to the high protein, nutrient rich organic black beans. I think next time I might swap out the coconut nectar for maple syrup because coconut nectar can taste a bit tangy and there aren't enough other flavors in these brownies to mask that. I also plan to try variations of this recipe using coconut oil or peanut butter instead of canola oil, and maybe even white cannellini beans instead as well... in perhaps a peanut butter chocolate chip version. So stay posted for updates!!
Black Bean Brownies
|all ready to mix together|
|ready to bake|
|hot from the oven|
|one pan plain and one with melted dark chocolate and peanut butter topping!!|
Nutrition information (for 12 servings):
calories: 220, fat: 6g, (0.8 saturated), fiber: 6g, sugar: 8.5g, protein: 9g
DV iron: 12%, calcium 6%, potassium 17%, sodium 3%