(Gluten Free) Black bean brownies

(Apparently I’ve decided to make this the unofficial “National Black Bean Week” on my blog)

Black bean brownies

I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous black bean brownies trolling around on Pinterest and health websites, and you’ve probably though “yuck!” These brownies are anything but yuck, they are cake-y and chocolaty and dare I say… good for you! They come in at only 100 calories a piece (with walnuts) and 3 grams of fiber.

Brownie ingredients

If someone had made these for me and not told me they were made from black beans I would have never known; they taste identical to a cake brownie. And the best part is they are fairly healthy because of all the fiber from the black beans. I call that a win-win 🙂

Blended brownie

This couldn’t be an easier recipe either. Measure out all the ingredients and dump into a blender, puree until there are no lumps, and pour into a greased pan to bake. Add some walnuts, peanuts, or chocolate chips to spice it up a little!

Brownie bites

Enjoy with a tall glass of milk. Try to show a little self control and resist eating the whole pan at once.

Black bean brownies

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/4 cup walnuts, chocolate chips, or other topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan. Dump all ingredients in a blender and puree until there are no lumps in the batter. Pour batter into greased pan and top with optional ingredients. Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean from the center. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes before enjoying. Serves 16.

(Nutrition uses 1/4 cup chopped walnuts)

Nutrition: Calories 99; Total fat 4.6g; Saturated fat 2.3g; Cholesterol 11.6g; Sodium 60.6g; Total carbohydrates 12.4g; Fiber 3.0g; Protein 3.8g

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