Thursday, September 8, 2011

Black Bean Brownies with Chocolate Agave Frosting

Dun, Dun, Dun! Yes, Black - Bean - Brownies! Yes, it is actually made with black beans and it tastes pretty darn good.

I'll be honest I was pretty skeptical of trying these brownies. Funny thing to note is that these were my first homemade brownie and it happened to be the black bean kind.  I was invited to a friends house for dinner tonight and she mentioned wanting a "healthy dessert" so I figured if it was my chance! If it tasted horrible...well I didn't have a plan B so I'm glad it worked out.

Looks pretty good doesn't it? The brownies turned out rich, soft, moist, but a little more cake like than your average brownie. I'll definitely be making these again!

Black Bean Brownie
Time: 10min Prep and 30-33min Cook

- 1 15z Can Beans Drained (Low Sodium)
- 2 Whole Eggs, 1 White
- 1/4c Strong Coffee/ 1tbsp Instant Coffee (Helps deepen the chocolate flavor)
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted (I've made without butter and it still turned out good)
- 1/2c of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/3 to 2/3c of Agave Nectar
- 1-2tbsp Peanut Butter (Optional, you could add some chopped nuts too)
- 1tsp Baking Powder
- 2tsp Vanilla
- 1/2-1c Chocolate Chips
I used semisweet because I had it in the pantry, but I think milk chocolate would've been better.
- 1/4-1/2tsp of Cinnamon (Optional)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. With the exception of your chocolate chips, add in all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor. 
  3. Puree your ingredients until it forms the consistency of a batter.
  4. Coat and 8x8 pan with a good amount of oil or Pam.
  5. Mix in your chocolate chips and pour the batter into the pan and place in oven for about 30-33minutes. Cool your brownies for a few minutes and spread on your favorite chocolate frosting! I would let the brownies chill for at least 30mins, I thought they tasted better that way. 

Store brownies in the refrigerator

Chocolate Agave Frosting
Time: 5min 

You can really use any type of frosting you want to at this point! I wanted to make an chocolate agave frosting to top the brownies and was happy to come across a super simple recipe at Clean and Delicious. Some people thought this was too bitter, so play around with your favorite frosting!

- 1c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/4c Grapeseed Oil (I have used olive oil and coconut oil in place of grapeseed)
- 1/2c Agave Nectar
- 2tsp Vanilla
  1. Mix ingredients together and top your brownies! How easy was that?
I'll probably continue to play around with this recipe but overall I really enjoyed it. My friend had no idea it was even made from black beans. When I made her guess what was in it, she thought I was hinting at the "spice" she tasted from the cinnamon. I want to clarify that this it's not your super fudgy chocolate brownies, but it's definitely a good and "healthy" option! Try it out and let me know how it turns out for you. 


Lauren said...

I have GOT to try this!! These look so amazing...but with black beans?!

P.S., I love your blog! <3

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

Thanks so much Lauren! Please let me know what you think, it's a pretty good substitute for regular brownies and they're full of protein and fiber!

Anonymous said...

I added 1/2 avocado and doubled the amount of chocolate chips. it was good. didn't like the frosting--thought it tasted like paste. but the brownies were good. thanks for the recipe!

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

I didn't even think of adding avocado, I will have to try that next time! I didn't mind the frosting once it was cold on the brownie, it evened out the sweetness for me. Thank you for the comment and I'm glad you liked the bean brownies! Have a great weekend.