Happy Fat Tuesday & Day Before Valentine’s Day!
I made these black bean brownies a few days ago and shared it on my Instagram stories, and got a ton of questions and interest in this recipe. I wanted to go ahead and give it another moment in the spotlight (even though it’s been on my sweets page for a little over a year now), because once again I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious and not-healthy-tasting-whatsoever they are. I also made a few small updates to the recipe this time around, plus I added some cute heart sprinkles because, Valentine’s Day. Duh.
A lot of people don’t believe me when I say that you cannot taste the black beans that are hiding in these brownies. Do you think I would lie to you guys? Absolutely not! I mean, come on. They are still brownies for goodness’ sake, so you will still find a healthy dose of chocolate (half of which is dark), honey and a banana inside to sweeten them up. But you’ll also find black beans, of course, which offer up 6 grams of dietary fiber and 7 grams of protein per 1/2 cup, whole grains in the form of old-fashioned oats, healthy fats from avocado oil and walnuts (if you decide to add these for some extra crunch), and I added a scoop of Further Food collagen for a little more protein!
This version is much lower in fat and refined sugar than your typical Betty Crocker brownie-from-a-box mix, and the beans give them a huge nutritional boost! Not to mention, they make the brownies so moist I might never turn back. These brownies are incredibly delicious, gooey, fudgy, chocolatey and I am 100% confident that you will love them. Especially if you heat them up and serve them with ice cream, or vanilla Greek yogurt. #drool. Hint: don’t tell anyone the secret ingredient until they have already admitted that they are the best brownies ever. They will be shocked when you tell them the truth!
I adapted this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie’s version, and made it my own by adding a whole banana, reducing the amount of oil and switching it to avocado oil, completely omitting the salt and granulated sugar, and a few other minor changes. You can click the link to see her original recipe, OR you can trust me and try my version. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 😉 Even Ethan admitted that they are delish!
Flourless, Eggless, Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
A lighter version of your favorite chocolate dessert that will totally satisfy your sweet tooth, and offer up some health benefits in the process!
Credit: Wellness For The Win
- 1- 15.5 oz can of low sodium or no salt added black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened 100% cocoa powder
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats (or quick oats)
- 1/3 cup honey*
- 1 very ripe banana (the riper the better!)
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 scoop Further Food Collagen** (optional)
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips + 3 tbsp mini milk chocolate chips (NOT optional)
- Optional toppings: chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, sprinkles
*Original recipe calls for pure maple syrup or agave – use either of these ingredients if you want to make them vegan.
**Further Food affiliate discount code: wellnessforthewin (direct link above)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8×8 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor or a very good blender (like a Ninja or Vitamix), and blend until completely smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and continue blending/pulsing as needed.
- Once the mixture is smooth, stir in the chocolate chips and pour into prepared 8×8 pan. (If you want to sprinkle extra chocolate chips and/or walnuts on top, do so now.)
- Bake the brownies for ~20-25 minutes. (Mine became more fudgy and cake-like around 24 minutes. I would recommend checking them around the 20-minute mark since all ovens cook a little differently!)
- Let brownies cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into them – if you can control yourself. ; )
These brownies actually taste really great after chilling in the fridge for a few days, so once they have cooled, cover the pan with some Press & Seal or transfer to an airtight container, and store them for up to 5 days. I keep giving them away because I am so tempted to eat one every. single. time. I open the fridge. No exaggeration. HELP.
You should definitely try making these delicious brownies for your honey this Valentine’s Day (all you procrastinators out there) because we all need a little chocolate on February 14th. And pretty much every other day. Ammiright? Caution: Just make sure you practice portion control since they are full of beans… Don’t want to ruin your romantic evening. ; )