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Brownie Recipe With a Healthy Makeover

Black bean brownie

A brownie made of beans seemed like a questionable idea to me at first. Could this truly resemble dessert?

Suspicious of the bean’s capability for taste, I admit to exceeding the mere ½ cup of chocolate chips and sneaking some in the mixture as well. But I’m pleasantly surprised that the beans made a rich and substantial base for this brownie. If you’re less paranoid than me — and trust the flavour that the bean will provide — you can simply sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Word to the wise: use something stronger than a blender, if possible. I encountered a minor setback when my poor Kitchen-Aid blender couldn’t completely blend the beans with the other ingredients — requiring some last minute manual labour to make the batter oven-ready. So unless you have an absurdly strong arm to help mash a large bowl of beans yourself, I’d recommend a food processor to puree ingredients.


– 1 can black beans

– 3 eggs

– 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

– ¼ cup cocoa powder

– 1 pinch salt

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– ¾ cup white sugar

– ½ cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350° degrees F (175° degrees C).

Blend the black beans, eggs, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth. Pour into dish and top with chocolate chips.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is dry.


Thanks to All Recipes for the recipe and imagery!

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