Friday, 31 January 2014

Black Bean Brownies

I've heard of black bean brownies before and had always been intrigued. I was craving something chocolaty so I decided to search up some recipes. I wasn't successful in finding a recipe that I loved since most contained refined sugar and oil. So I decided to experiment and create my own recipe. These brownies have no flour, no refined sugar and no oil. They have a fudgy taste and are definitely a great substitute to high fat and high sugar brownies. At only 100 calories a piece, these brownies make for a perfect guilt-free treat.  

Start off by straining one can of black beans. 

To a blender, add strained black beans, two eggs, two tablespoons of mashed banana, a third cup of maple syrup, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, a third cup of cocoa powder, one teaspoon of baking powder and a dash of salt. Blend until smooth. 

Line a 9X9 baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with butter. Poor batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.

Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting. 

Store in the refrigerator. You can eat them warm, or refrigerate for a few hours to cool them down. I (Janelle) personally like them served either hot or cold, but Josée only likes them when they are cooled (and she is obsessed with them). 

Black Bean Brownies
Makes 9 servings


1 can Black beans, strained
2 Eggs
2 tbsp Mashed banana
1/3 cup Maple syrup 
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/3 cup Cocoa powder
1 tsp Baking powder
Dash of salt
*Optional: chocolate chips or nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  3. Line 9X9 pan with parchment paper, grease with a little butter and poor batter into pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. You can enjoy these brownies served hot or cold.

Makes 9 servings. Each serving is approximately 100 calories.