Does your sweet tooth ever get to you? Do you just want some chocolate... especially during the holidays?
I've heard about brownies made with black beans or sweet potatoes, so I thought I would give it a try with black beans.
These brownies turned out really good, and moist to my surprise! The brownies were even moist the next day.
I'll definitely be making these for Christmas. This will probably also be a conversation starter when I tell my extended family the brownies are made with black beans:)
For the healthy good stuff, we have rolled oats, black beans, cocoa and dates with some cayenne pepper. These are fiber rich treats. You get to have a sweet treat without regret.
The brownies taste moist, chewy and delicious with no added oil. The black beans give the brownies a nice texture but you would never guess they were in there.
Why cayenne pepper? This just gives the brownies that extra something with a little bit of heat. Heat with chocolate may sound weird but it just gives more depth and richer savory flavor.
I found this article on the benefits of cayenne pepper. It talks about how cayenne helps with metabolism, with hunger, and with lowering blood pressure. You may want to check it out.
Black Bean Brownie Recipe:
- 1 (15.5oz) can black beans (rinse the beans)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup dates (remove the pits)
- ¾ cup cocoa
- ⅓ cup maple syrup (substitute with date paste if you like)
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt (optional)
- pinch cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven 375 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper.
Open a can of beans and rinse them. Add the beans to the food processor. Add in oatmeal, cocoa, pitted dates, and maple syrup to the food processor. Add in salt and cayenne pepper, then add in 1 cup of water and blend.
If the texture seems dry add in slowly another ½ cup to 1 cup of water until the texture is smooth. Add the mixture to a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes. Test with a tooth pick to see if it's done.
You can also use silicone backing sheets to create little muffins.
Top with rasberries. (optional)
All the best,
P.S. Teenage approved!
My son Charlie tried these and thought they were good and very chocolatey. He couldn't tell they had black beans in them. (I did tell him after he tried them)