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Aug 28, 2013

Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies

Up until about 4 years ago, I hated beans. Don't put them in my burrito, don't add them to my soup, and sure as heck don't throw some on top of my salad. Barf. The only dish that I'd eat with beans in it was chili. And that's only because chili isn't chili unless there are beans in it, right? Ok, so hot dog chili is chili, but of a whole different breed (and also really, really gross). Needless to say, beans and I weren't friends. It wasn't until around the time when D left for his first deployment that I thought, "Hey, I should make something with beans!," and slowly but surely I began to allow beans into my life. At first, it was just casual. Refried beans alongside my chimichanga? We're dating. And I happily called D after every Mexican meal I ate to tell him I ate beans. After years of watching me turn up my nose, he was proud. Then things started getting serious when I went to Jason's Deli one day (dear Lord, I miss Jason's Deli) and put gobs of garbanzo's on my spinach salad. There was no turning back then. I was having a full on love affair with beans and I didn't care who knew it. These days, we're having beans in some way, shape, or form at least 2 times a week. And now...we're having beans for dessert. Yes siree.

In a continuous effort to find healthier dessert alternatives (and keeping my love for beans alive, mind you), I read in a forever old issue of the Food Network Mag, my guilty pleasure magazine, about using beans in brownies. The first time I skimmed that issue, my bean-hating self probably cringed and kept on flipping pages, but recently, with my new diet (which is going really well, in case you're wondering), I've opened myself up to using other ingredients in baking. Black beans in a chocolate brownie? YES, PLEASE! These bad boys are not only gluten-free, but they're flour-free, egg-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free! For a low 114 calories per 2" x 2" brownie square, this dessert is a no-brainer. D tried them last night and had no flippin' clue they were made with black beans. But I will warn you...like with any bean-based food, they may cause flatulence. Which I discovered thanks to my darling husband post-brownie indulgence. Annnd we're back to gagging at beans. Super.

Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies
Yields: 9 brownies

1- 15oz. can of reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed throughly
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup old-fashioned quick-cooking oats
2 packets (roughly 2 tsp.) of Stevia (or any Stevia-based sweetener like Truvia)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup organic pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 8x8 pan. Combine all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, into the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth (you may still see flakes of oats, but that's ok!). Fold in 3 Tbsp. of the chocolate chips and set aside the remaining Tbsp. Pour batter into the greased pan and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the toothpick test. Allow brownies to cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Serving size: 1- 2"x 2" brownie
Nutritional Breakdown: 114 calories, 2.5g fat, 1g sat fat, 22g carbs, 9g sugar, 3g fiber, 4g protein, 200mg potassium, 142mg sodium

[Nutrition facts were calulated using MyFitnessPal]


  1. oh man, these actually look surprisingly good! it's actually common to have red bean for dessert here in korea, they put it in EVERYTHING!

  2. I used to hate beans but now I'm OBSESSED with them! Gotta have my protein as a vegetarian. I've been wanting to try bean brownies for a while and these look scrumptious.

  3. Those look incredible! I am going to definitely try this when I hit phase two of South Beach...holy yum batman!

  4. i am so tempted to make these and fool my husband into believing they aren't at all healthy ;) they look amazing! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  5. These look so interesting! I would have never thought that brownies made of BEANS could pass for the real thing. Will have to give them a go :) xxx

  6. We have the same bean history (is that a thing?! ha) but I used to HATE beans and would pick them out of everything. Now I really like them, a lot and the nutrition they provide. These will be happening in my kitchen soon.

  7. What a great idea! I love using unexpected ingredients to make desserts healthier, like tofu!

  8. I can't wait to try these! Who would have thought?!

  9. I have this Weight Watchers black bean brownie recipe that you also add espresso to. So yummy! I used to hate beans too, but now I absolutely love them and lentils too :-)

  10. Loved this and shared it on Twitter! My husband would never eat them as he is such a fussy eater, but if I don't tell him ... :-)

  11. Black bean brownies are my jam! I'll have to try your recipe! Hope you're having a great week, sweet friend! Getting excited for NC? :)

  12. Wow I can't even imagine this, but I'd try just about anything with chocolate!!!

  13. WAAAAA?!?!
    Gluten-free brownies?!
    I think my life just became significantly better!
    I'm definitely trying these!
    Britt @ One&20

  14. They look nice, and hiding better for you foods in chocolate is a good idea

  15. I'm fascinated by this! I'm going to have to make these soon! :)

  16. These look and sound delicious, yum!

    Sparkles and Shoes


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