I’ve had a serious, serious desire for brownies lately. After making a batch on the weekend, my sweet tooth kicked in and I just needed them. Of course, I figured there had to be a way to make them a little healthier for me… Enter the mighty, but humble, black bean. The brownies are chocolatey and have that dense, fudgey texture that I’m obsessed with in brownies, but there’s no remorse when you eat five of them. This is probably one of the easiest recipes I have ever posted, so click on through to follow along.
Start by preheating the oven to 350F – this is going to move fast. In a food processor, add 2 1/4 cups of black beans that you have thoroughly rinsed and drained, 1 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil of your choice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, and 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Blend it all together until it’s nice and smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, if you want them.
Pour/scoop the mixture into a greased or parchment paper-lined 8×8 pan. Top with chocolate chips, if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the centre is just set.
Let cool, cut, and serve. These keep very well in the fridge. ENJOY!
- 2 1/4 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- Optional: 1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend it until it is smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, if you are using them.
- Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan, greased or lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the middle is just set.
- Let cool, cut, and serve.
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