Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Low Calorie - High Protein Brownies!

Sounds too good to be true? It isn't! When I made the milk chocolate brownies a couple of weeks ago, I researched brownies on the web and came across a recipe for ‘black bean brownies’. Intrigued, I read dozens of reviews about these ‘healthy’ brownies and they were all ecstatic. So the next day I bought a can of organic black beans and started baking! Of course, the brownie batter is not very lickable and you may be skeptical at first, but when they are baking in the oven and the mesmerizing smell of cocoa fills your kitchen, you are a goner! I can't believe I'm saying this, but these are the best brownies I have ever made! The pureed beans makes them so incredibly gooey and moist. And the fact that these are quite healthy and low in calories, makes them guilt-free. Who wouldn't want that? Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Black Bean Brownies



Black Bean Brownies: adapted from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
- Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract and sugar in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 40 - 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.


You may already be familiar with beans' fiber and protein, but this is far from all black beans have to offer. In addition to lowering cholesterol, black beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. Black beans are packed with antioxidants. In fact, the darker the bean, the more antioxidants they contain. [Source]


Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

21 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Wow! I'm seriously impressed, so much so that I'm going to try it ASAP!!!

jelena said...

I thought I have read the ingredients wrong, but no. I would have never tried such a thing but bravo for being brave. He who dares wins ! as Delboy would say

How To Be Perfect said...

What a brilliant recipe, I'm very intrigued x

Mariel Torres said...

how clever! now i want to try this and hope they turn out as mouthwatering as they look ;)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

These look great. And I did not see any flour in the recipe so I think you could consider these gluten-free as well. I need to give these a try!!

Victoria said...

What a amazing recipe!!! I SHOULD try it!

PopGirl890 said...

Healthy brownies that are actually good? thats great! a few years ago i made these healthy brownies with pureed broccoli and carrots in them but they tasted really bad. I'll have to try these

Coté Provence said...

looks and sounds delicious .... and healthy too! Heavenly!

xo

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

love that the use of black beans is so experimental. the brownies look delicious!

xx

Ms. Bake-it said...

I made these not too long ago and they were great! I switched it up a little by using dark chocolate cocoa and chips.

~ Tracy

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I admire that you're such a doer, Danielle! I heard about these years ago and have remained curious but was never quite willing to risk a whole batch of brownies just to satisfy that curiosity. Glad these turned out so well. They certainly look like everything I could want in a brownie.

Lucie said...

I've had this exact recipe bookmarked for sooo long but totally forgot about them! Good to hear that they're yummy, I'll give them a try!

Kristin said...

Mouthwatering photos!!! xoxo

Laura said...

Huh. Blackbeans. They look great! May have to try this as both Grant and I are working on our diets...

apparentlyjessy said...

Beans?! In a brownie!? Now that is different! Good on you for being adventurous enough to try the recipe, looks like it paid off, they look chocolaty and delicious! I wouldn't have had the guts!

Miss Sandra said...

I couldn't resist and made these on Saturday. My fella, who is not..and I repeat NOT a brownie lover...said the following, and I quote "These are the best brownies I have ever had!" So thank you so much for this recipe. I now have an official brownie convert.
All the best!
Sandra

Katie said...

I can't wait to make these! They sound so strange, but it kind of makes sense. I guess everything is good with chocolate! They look incredible.

Ingrid said...

Oh, snap! Those look seriously fudgy. Hmmm, to go the way of the black bean or not?
~ingrid

Eliana said...

Low calorie - high protein? Sign me up for a batch up these.

Natalie S. said...

I made these tonight for my super picking husband.... half the pan is already gone! Big hit, thanks!

KCeicher said...

Just made these last night and my family LOVES them! Thanks so much for the healthy hit :)