Friday, January 31, 2014

Black Bean Brownies

Remember the other day when I mentioned the high fat/high protein snacks I've been trying to keep on hand for Rob?  Well, this is another one of them.  It has no flour, if you're a gluten-free type, and although it's not meat, it's solid protein in the form of beans and eggs. I get tired of them pretty quickly, but Rob never seems to, and I have a suspicion that kids will love them as long as you keep calling them brownies.  :-)

So without further intro, here is another good snack food to think about keeping around...because it will last forever in the fridge.  :-)

By the way, if you're a little bit sketchy about using chocolate chips because 1) sugar and 2) weird ingredients, including soy, then there are two solutions to this: 1) decide if you're okay with the amount of sugar in 1/4 c. of chips and 2) try these chocolate chips that I use, which are soy, gluten, and dairy free, although not quite organic. It's still an improvement.  :-)

1 1/2 c. cooked black beans, drained
3 eggs
1/3 c. melted butter or coconut oil
1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 t. vanilla
1 c. sugar or 1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Add all ingredients to a bowl or a food processor. By the way, the sugar versus honey choice is totally your preference...the sugar makes a little bit fluffier of a product, but the honey is less cloyingly sweet. Your call.

Mix everything together until smooth! You can do this in a bowl with a mixer if you like, but it's quite difficult to get it entirely smooth. I usually end up using my immersion blender to finish the job if I go this route.

Pour the batter into a greased bread-pan. Sprinkle the top with the mini chips. Bake @350 for 45-60 minutes. Sugar tends to bake quicker than honey, so just check it periodically with a toothpick and don't worry too much about how much time has passed.

Cut 'em up and serve them, or put them in the fridge for sporadic snack times!

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  1. I think it would be awesome to try these at preps to see if anyone notices they are different!

  2. I'm going to have to try these Kirstyn ~ sounds good!
    I'm visiting from All Things Pretty Link Party. I would be so honored if you would share this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
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  3. G'day! I've heard so much about these brownies but have never had one to date! YUM!
    Thanks for sharing as part of Foodie Friends Friday Snack Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. I keep seeing black bean brownie recipes but have never tried one. They look delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  5. Very innovative on the black beans! I love it!

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