Black Bean Brownies

2:42 PM

Step one: locate a group of six hungry boys who do not appreciate healthy food. 

Step two: 
Preheat oven to 350, then...

Drain a can of black beans and give them a good rinse. Put the beans back in the can and fill it, to the brim, with water. Blend the beans and water, plus 1 extra cup of water and 1 tsp vanilla, until pureed. Set aside.

Step three: Mix together, the following
1 1/2 cups flour (GF All Purpose Flour will work!)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup raw sugar
2 cups cocoa
4 tsp instant coffee powder
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans 

We also added 1/2 cup chocolate chips which had survived the wrath of Chris Medland's hunger.

Step four:
Stir the concoctions from step 2 and 3 together until well mixed. Pour batter in a greased 9 x 13" pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares.

Chris says: "These make a great breakfast, fresh out of the fridge. I love dessert for breakfast."
That says it all.

Three things to note: 
These are not overly sweet. They are chewy and fudgy and way too delicious, but if you're looking for something knock-your-socks-off sweet then double the sugar and cut the cocoa. 
Four tsp of instant coffee is a lot. If you like coffee, thank me later. If you don't, cut it or ditch it.
Lastly, if you omit the chocolate chips or use a dairy-free version, this recipe is vegan.

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  1. Sounds so delectable and healthy at the same time

    but I have two sizes of canned black beans.

    What size did you use?

    Thanks Amy--see you at work. Joyce.


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